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Where Is Reconstruction Needed After Water Disasters in Miami Homes?

9/8/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Equipment Water leaks can quickly cause damage in your home. Call SERVPRO today to avoid additional water loss of your property.

The repairs and rebuilding necessary after water emergencies can be vital in making losses “Like it never even happened.”



Water disasters vary considerably from one South Miami home to the next, making elements like emergency services and mitigation vital for saving customers time and money. Among these emergency services is controlled demolition, which seeks to remove only severely damaged and unsalvageable construction materials from the drying zones. This removal and discarding of components often occur before job scoping and other mitigation tasks.

The term water damage repair for South Miami homes can describe many of the actions and approaches that our technicians, contractors, and trusted third-party vendors must accomplish. Because so many areas of the property can become compromised and damaged after a finite timeline, many of these restoration projects require some degree of controlled demolition and build back. Some of the most sensitive materials and elements include:

  • Roofing
  • Drywall
  • Insulation
  • Framing
  • Carpet
  • Wood Flooring
  • Light Fixtures

What Can Controlled Demolition Do Before Mitigation? 

After the exposure of construction materials to standing water, pooling, and high moisture content, they can experience oversaturation that compromises their composition. Instead of widespread demolition and tear out of all materials exposed or near the water damage, a calculated approach can prevent higher costs and longer restoration times. The advantages of removing portions of damaged construction materials include:

  • Remove Saturated Materials – The removal of oversaturated structural components reduces the possibilities of microbial growth and continued damage of nearby porous matter. 
  • Access Damaged Utilities – When plumbing or drains become a source of water damage in the house, demolition can directly access these breaks.
  • Provide More Efficient Drying – With openings leading to the whole of the structural cavities, machines like centrifugal air movers can be more effective in evaporation. 
  • Prevent Collapse – Removing damaged materials prevents them from falling or giving out on their own where they could injure occupants of the house or technicians. 

When Does Utility Repair Occur? 

With the bulk of the wall system exposed, we can gain immediate access to any damaged utilities that might exist. Because plumbing can often be one of the primary origin points for considerable water damage, repairing these pipe breaches should be a priority. Once the drywall has gotten removed and discarded, and wet insulation has been vacuumed out of the wall system, our building trade professionals can locate the plumbing damage and replace/repair it. The exterior elements cannot be reinstalled after mitigation until water service has been restored to the house by fixing any vulnerabilities in the service lines.

How Likely is Mold After Water Losses? 

Prolonged water exposure can often be a threatening situation for materials and contents in your home. Microbial growth can result when moist conditions persist, and suitable organic materials like drywall, flooring, ceiling components, insulation, and more are nearby to become hosts for colonization. 

The likelihood of mold is even higher when DIY restoration has taken place, as these drying and extraction efforts are often only superficial. When water migrates beyond the surface to impact structural cavities and underlying layers of flooring, dampness can facilitate mold growth in places inaccessible and out of sight to the occupants of the house. For as widespread as these damages can become before they breach the surface layer, remediation efforts often consist of controlled demolition and reinstallation. 

Some facts about mold growth include:

  • Mold can develop after only 48 hours of moist conditions
  • High humidity can cause microbial growth
  • Inadequate drying of water emergencies can facilitate fungal growth
  • Mold deteriorates organic matter like drywall and wood

Are Third-Party Contractors and Vendors Required for Rebuilding? 

A combination of our competent restoration professionals, in-house contractors, and third-party companies can work towards the most efficient reconstruction and repair. While we can manage controlled demolition and most build-back for a property on our own, we also rely on specialty contractors and experts to conduct things like environmental testing for properties once remediation and reconstruction complete. This independent testing of the structure can ensure that you received the most thorough remediation and water restoration available, including the reinstallation of discarded materials. 

Water damages can often leave your house in need of repairs and build-back. Despite our commitment to restoring over the replacement of exposed materials and items in the home, controlled demolition and reinstallation of these elements is often unavoidable with widespread, prolonged exposures. No matter how we can help after water disasters, we have professionals capable of providing a comprehensive solution. Give our SERVPRO of South Miami team a call anytime at (305) 269-8900.

How Does SERVPRO Take Care Of My Furniture In My Miami Home During Water Removal?

8/19/2020 (Permalink)

water damage in home For water removal services you can trust, call SERVPRO of South Miami at (305) 269-8900.

Miami Residents Needing Water Removal Want To Be Sure Their Belongings Are Safe

Miami residents hope that their home will never be subject to a disaster. Unfortunately, sometimes accidents or acts of nature do happen. It only takes a broken pipe, a leaky washer, or a sudden gust of wind and rain, to let water into your home.

Water damage in Miami can be costly and frustrating for homeowners. That’s why they need a water cleanup company they can rely on. SERVPRO of South Miami is Faster to Any Size Disaster, and we have the necessary training and equipment to restore your home and belongings.

Which belongings are most susceptible to water damage?

Soft furnishings are, unfortunately, the most susceptible to water damage. That includes:

    •    Beds and mattresses
    •    Armchairs and sofas
    •    Carpets and drapes
    •    Cushions and throws
    •    Daybeds and footstools

Wooden items are not quite as susceptible to water damage, especially if the amount of water is quite small. Metal items are the easiest things of all to dry (so long as they are not electrical items!)

It is natural to worry about your furniture when the time comes for furniture removal. After all, you do not want to replace any more items than strictly necessary.

What does SERVPRO do to take care of my furniture?

During water removal, our teams take care of your furniture. We move furniture out of the way if that is safest, and we can also cover it with plastic sheeting to prevent further damage, or put pads under furniture legs to stop rust marks forming on the carpet.

Can SERVPRO restore and clean my furniture too?

Yes – we train our teams to assess all your personal belongings and advise you on whether we can salvage them. In many cases, we can carry out water removal on individual furniture items and restore them, so they are usable once more. For example, we can:

    •    Use dehumidifiers and air movers to gently dry wooden tables and chairs, restoring their structural integrity and preventing further warping
    •    Clean carpets using a range of extractors, cleaning methods, and chemical solutions to remove water, stains, and odors
    •    Clean drapes using both dry and wet cleaning methods, depending on the material and the extent of damage
    •    Spot-clean water stains on delicate upholstery or antiques
    •    Tent sofa and chair cushions and use air movers to dry under and around them to ensure they are thoroughly dry

What happens if I need to move my belongings out?

If the water removal project is a particularly big one, you might have to move some of your furniture our until drying is complete. In some cases, it is enough to move items to another room, or a garage or basement. However, sometimes the only solution is a pack-out, where we take your belongings to one of our warehouses.

If it is possible to dry and clean your furniture before removal, we will do so, as this is the easiest and most cost-effective solution. If this is not possible, do not worry – we can clean and dry your items at our storage facilities, and return them to you, “Like it never even happened.”

When it is time to return your furniture, we check our inventory to make sure everything is as it should be, bring your items back to your home, and arrange them for you.

How does SERVPRO carry out water removal?

SERVPRO water removal starts with assessment and testing. We do not only check your home visually. We use moisture probes, moisture meters, thermal imaging, and thermo-hygrometers to assess moisture levels in the air, walls, and carpets.

Thorough testing means we can draw up a highly effective drying plan.

Once we have assessed the situation, we use a range of free-standing and truck-mounted pumps, rotary extractors, and extraction wands to remove standing water from your home. When we are happy that we have removed as much water as possible, we turn our attention to drying. Our teams use a range of air movers and dehumidifiers to dry out your home. We can even dry inside cavity walls and vents, to make sure no nooks are left untouched.

If any part of your home or furniture needs mold treatment as part of water removal, we have got it covered.

We finish each project by using fogging equipment, air scrubbers, and deodorizing compounds as needed to get rid of any lingering damp smells. We know that your home cannot feel like yours again if it smells damp, which is why this step is vital.

We talk to you at every stage to make sure you are happy with how we are handling your water removal and your project.

A supervisor will be in touch after the fact to answer any lingering questions.

For water removal services you can trust, call SERVPRO of South Miami at (305) 269-8900.

What Should You do If you Experience a Flood Damage Emergency In Your Coconut Grove Home

6/8/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO restoration equipment drying water damaged room When the water comes in, SERVPRO has the equipment and expertise to remove it.

SERVPRO can Remediate Storm Damages After Flooding in Coconut Grove 

Miami residents might not be strangers to severe weather, but the effects that it can have on your home can require immediate attention from trained professionals. Our team can respond quickly to emergencies like flooding with the equipment that can help and the expertise to know how to manage our resources effectively to restore your home fast.

While there might be several options that you can choose from regarding restoration companies helping flood-damaged Coconut Grove properties, choosing the right one can feel like a challenge. Our SERVPRO franchise offers fast and effective mitigation services amid flooding to help preserve your property and make the restoration work happen more efficiently. 

Why should you choose our SERVPRO technicians to help when your home becomes threatened by flood damages? Our team has gotten assembled with highly-trained individuals with expertise and experience in water restoration. Our technicians obtain water restoration certification from the industry standard-setting IICRC and complete ongoing training and educational opportunities to hone our craft and skills. We prepare for any facet of flood damage we might encounter and have the ability to overcome it. 

Our franchise has invested in having the appropriate tools and advanced equipment necessary to offer efficient and effective solutions for flood mitigation and restoration. We have truck-mounted and gas-powered pumps capable of removing excess water from the property fast. We have multiple industrial-strength dehumidifiers and high-powered air movers available in several sizes to provide the right drying power to the affected areas of your property. Drying the area can help to prevent further degradation of construction materials and the possibility of secondary effects like mold growth. 

After storms blow through Coconut Grove, the flooding often recedes quickly. The effects on condos, duplexes, and other homes can remain for weeks, however. If not cleaned or restored quickly, further damage can happen as well. 

So why should you use SERVPRO to remove flood damage from your Coconut Grove home?

Our company trains each specialist to the standards required by our industry, we maintain an extensive, restoration equipment inventory. We can take the initial steps to return your home to its original condition. 

Our first action to restoring a home is to remove everything that cannot be salvaged or repaired. In the case of Coconut Grove flooding, floor trim and drywall panels can quickly absorb enough water to cause them to warp or crumble and dissolve in place. 

SERVPRO teams cannot guarantee that a cleaned carpet is safe to use again, so we recommend immediate disposal, rather than expend the labor hours to attempt restoration. Quick removal also reduces the effects flood water has on the flooring underneath the carpet. 

While completing disposal actions, other team members begin disinfecting and drying the home. Specialists spray any surface affected by the flooding with an anti-bacterial chemical and allow it to dry. Next, they clean each surface to remove soil and other contaminants left by the  and allow them all to dry again. 

For space underneath the floors and behind the drywall, our teams use several devices to dry them for replacement quickly. Specialists use air movers to blow warm, dry air across damp surfaces to force out moisture trapped inside the wood. As the moisture evaporates, they install exhaust fans to draw out the damp air and direct it outside through the nearest window or door. If the inside humidity is very high, specialists may install one or more dehumidifiers to remove water directly from the air.  

Flooding is not something that area residents are unfamiliar with, and now you can see that finding the right team to help you overcome these effects is as simple as making a phone call. Trust our SERVPRO of South Miami's rapid response team to help you remove the water fast and clean up the mess. Give us a call today at (305) 269-8900. 

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Do Professionals Have Tips for Fire Damage Restoration in Coral Gables?

5/26/2020 (Permalink)

burning house; smoke coming out of windows SERVPRO of South Miami is ready to tackle fire damage and smoke odor in your rental property.

Keep Your Tenants Happy, Call SERVPRO To Remove Smoke Odors Quickly from Coral Gables Rentals 

If you have a rental property, you know that all sorts of accidents happen, including fire damage. The time between the fire department extinguishing the fire and the arrival of our technicians should be as little as possible. The faster we can start restoration and cleanup efforts, the more of the home and tenants' possessions are salvageable. First and foremost, ask the Fire Department if it is safe for the tenants to remain there. 

When you contact SERVPRO to address fire and smoke odor damage in your Coral Gables property, the technician gathers as much information as possible, so we know the right resources to bring to the site. If tenants remain on-premises, we ask them to limit movement and avoid areas with fire damage. Soot particles do not spread outside of the original area through foot traffic. 

Why SERVPRO? We are local to this area of Florida and can arrive Faster to Any Size Disaster. No matter when a fire happens in your rental property, you can expect an immediate response from our technicians to mitigate damage to both buildings and possessions. 

SERVPRO technicians work in teams to expedite the fire cleanup process. While one group extracts any residual water from extinguishing the fire, other technicians are determining the spread of soot and smoke in the home and determining if containment is necessary. Other technicians tape off registers and ensure the HVAC is off; the ducts are cleaned of soot particles during the sanitizing process to stop foul odors. 

Our IICRC specialists wipe down surfaces and non-porous possessions. Depending on the type of smoke residue, they can choose different solutions and utilize wet and dry sponge techniques to remove all traces of smoke and soot effectively. Smoke can leave deeply embedded odors that our Odor Control Technicians eliminate through multiple applications ranging from air scrubbers with charcoal filters to thermal foggers to neutralize stubborn odors. 

SERVPRO of South Miami is ready to tackle fire damage and smoke odor in your rental property. Our specialists are available at the time you need us, seven days a week. Get started now by calling (305) 269-8900. 

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Is Professional Extraction Better Than DIY Water Removal in South Miami?

5/25/2020 (Permalink)

Close-up Photo Of Flooded Floor In Kitchen From Water Leak We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster

Water Loss in your South Miami Home

With our premier tools and educated technicians, we can offer a thorough drying process and return your South Miami property to its original condition faster than DIY approaches.

Saving money and time are vital efforts when you are combating a worsening water loss scenario in your residence. Despite how tempting that DIY approaches might appear, especially getting started immediately on restoring your home, there are several pitfalls that you might not be aware of when you begin. There are several reasons that professional restoration like our SERVPRO team can provide is more cost-efficient and time-saving than doing any of the work yourself.

Even with practices like water removal for South Miami homes and condos, the limited available equipment and techniques that property owners have can hinder doing the job as thoroughly as necessary. Instead of removing all of the standing water and much of the migrating moisture in wall spaces, homeowners are working with wet-vacs to remove only the water that they can see in high traffic areas.

What Should I Do with Standing Water?

There are many threats with standing water that you should be aware of, such as allowing the migration of water damage throughout your home and deteriorating saturated materials like flooring and wall systems. For these reasons, it is essential to do what you can in the initial onset of water damage to protect some of your belongings that might later get irreparably damaged from water exposure when possible. Some of the steps that you can take when you recognize pooling water include:

    •    Contact Restoration Professionals – Our professionals can mobilize 24/7, meaning that whenever disaster strikes, we can roll out to help. We understand the sensitive timeline with water loss incidents, so we show up with powerful extractors and drying equipment to make a difference quickly.
    •    Clear Out Contents if Possible – Your belongings might become irreparably damaged when rising standing water leaves them exposed. If you can safely do so, it can be a considerable pre-mitigation step to move some of your treasured belongings to a safe area elsewhere in your home.
    •    Avoid Hazards Like Electricity – Health hazards are a considerable deterrent to DIY cleaning and restoration after a water loss incident, and shock hazards are among the most damaging of these. When standing water reaches electrically charged items or outlets, it could make the entire connected space dangerous.

What Tools Extract Water the Fastest?

Extraction is a vital element to water restoration, and this relies heavily on our SERVPRO team choosing the best water removal tools to get the job done. While there are dozens of machines and units that can accomplish this in our inventory, we rely most on several specific types of extraction tools to address substantial standing water or even trapped moisture saturating areas like carpeting. These tools include:

    •    Submersible Pumps
    •    Wet Vacuums
    •    Weighted Extractors

What Can Specialty Drying Tools Recover In My Miami Home?

While air movers continue to be the beating heart drying sciences for our restoration professionals, other drying tools can also be substantially beneficial in specific situations. Specialty drying equipment can help to reduce the need for controlled demolition and later material replacement, which can save the customer time and money. Also, these tools ensure that the full extent of migrating moisture has gotten addressed and not just the surface damage that can be readily seen. Some of the specialty tools to accomplish this are:

    •    Positive Pressure System – Using a series of hoses attached to a machine, we can minimally infuse blasts of heated, dry air intro structural cavities of ceilings and wall systems to evaporate trapped moisture in these areas to prevent unnecessary tear-out.
    •    Floor Mat System – Hardwood flooring is an everyday staple for many area homes and condos, making it vital to arrive with tools that can remove free water trapped in wood planks before the water binds with the molecular structure of the wood and allows it to warp or distort. Mats slowly draw out moisture at a controlled pace to ensure that wood flooring does not become overly dried.
    •    Desiccant Dehumidifiers – Desiccants are a unique addition to our dehumidification arsenal because they draw out moisture as you might expect, but also exhaust dry, heated air back into the workspace to aid in faster and more thorough drying.

We have experienced technicians that can help you through almost every phase of mitigation, restoration, and reconstruction following substantial water loss incidents. With the right tools and expertise, our SERVPRO of South Miami professionals can make any disaster, “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (305) 269-8900.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/18/2020 (Permalink)

Table tent signs describing the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program on top of a wooden table. Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.

Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open in Miami, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned,but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of South Miami today at (305) 269-8900 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

Should Miami Businesses use Professional Proactive Cleaning Services?

5/10/2020 (Permalink)

close up of virus cells on a red background Cleaning and sanitizing are both keys to helping stop the spread of viruses.

SERVPRO of South Miami Provides an Advantage

When the choice is between do-it-yourself or hiring a professional, the deciding factor is often the cost. When it comes to fighting this virus, taking the less expensive route may not be a viable decision.

There is a huge advantage gained by hiring a professional. SERVPRO can demonstrate how you care about your family, employees, and customers when you hire a professional cleaning service in Miami that delivers top-quality results.

SERVPRO technicians have the training to safely handle biohazards, including pathogenic materials, sewage, and microbes, such as mold.

Our technicians have extensive education in and adhere to IICRC guidelines, and we have experience in following CDC, or EPA instructions and recommendations:

    •    We use superior equipment and better PPE
    •    We apply the correct hospital-grade cleaning products and disinfectants

Our team can work during business hours to free up your employees who may be assigned to cleaning detail, or we can supplement their efforts. We are available to work after hours to do deep-cleaning. If you have a facility that is currently closed, we are able to help clean and prepare it for reopening.

To talk about your needs, or simply to get answers to your questions, please contact us,  SERVPRO of South Miami at (305) 269-8900.

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Disclaimer: Advice from the medical and scientific community regarding how to deal with the coronavirus is based on present knowledge, which is subject to change as the situation continues to develop. There can be no assurance that disinfectants alone will be adequate to fully eliminate the virus. We are not physicians or infectious disease professionals. Consult your medical professionals for individual medical advice.

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

1/31/2020 (Permalink)

"We can help" Give us a call any time. Our team of professionals are always available.

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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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."

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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Water Loss, Fast SERVPRO Service for Miami Condos Is the Answer

11/5/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO drying equipment in a Demolished unit showing the framing Water Damage Can Be Devastating in Miami Condos, Call SERVPRO for the Restoration

Trust SERVPRO of South Miami to Remediate the Water Damage in Your Home

Water damage is something that no homeowner wants to go through. Unfortunately, living in a condo can increase how your home can sustain water damage. With Miami condominiums above, beside, and below you, water can truly hit your unit from all sides.

For this reason, it is essential to stay calm if your Miami condo ever sustained water damage. The faster that the water is addressed, the better it is for your home. Staying calm can allow you to get professionals to your location quicker, which in turn means that the remediation can happen promptly.

Imagine a scenario where you get up in the morning to get dressed for work. As you go into your walk-in closet to retrieve something, you notice that the floor is wet. Water drips from the ceiling and is also flowing down the back wall.

In this hypothetical, the source of the water damage is the condo above yours. A severe leak flooded the bathroom and then began to spill out past the confines of the apartment, following gravity, the water traveled and found your closet. To remedy the water damage in your apartment, and prevent troublesome problems such as mold damage, you could call SERVPRO.

Here at SERVPRO, we always try to get to our customers as fast as possible. No matter when you call, day or night, we have a team ready to help you. Once we get your call, our SERVPRO techs can assemble and then travel to your location with a van full of advanced equipment designed to fight water damage.

Once we arrive at your apartment, we can immediately begin to move your clothing out of your closet and send any that needs to be dried to our facility. Once your closet has been emptied, we can begin to remove the standing water with wet/dry vacuums and set up a drying environment. We can use advanced technological devices, such as dehumidifiers, heaters, and axial fans, to dry the water damage in your closet.

Furthermore, we can remove the ceiling tiles and feed air drying tubes into the ceiling, to ensure that space is appropriately dried. When completed, SERVPRO would leave your home to you "Like it never even happened."

If you find your apartment suffering from water damage, never hesitate to get help. Get in contact with SERVPRO of South Miami by dialing (305) 269-8900. Night or day, we're available to help.

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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If Your Roof Is Damaged It Can Spell Major Flood Trouble For Your Miami Condo

3/2/2019 (Permalink)

You can always depend on the fast response of our highly-trained SERVPRO of South Miami water restoration technicians.

Damaged Roofs Can Flood Miami Condos

Storm damages are a common concern for Miami residents. When severe systems develop and make landfall in the area, they can arrive with a destructive force capable of quickly damaging condo roofs and siding. While the structural damages alone can be problematic and require an immediate response from licensed contractors, the vulnerabilities of the roof can allow runoff and direct rainfall to enter your condo unabated. Preventing this damage might initially be inevitable after roof damage amid a severe weather event, but our professionals can help with fast mitigation solutions and effective restoration strategies.

When flood damages occur in your Miami condo, time is of the essence to get the water removed quickly and the saturated materials dried. The longer that these effects persist, the less likely preservation of these damaged elements becomes. Our SERVPRO team can arrive with fast extraction equipment like our truck-mounted pumps. These machines can remove water from your property at a rate of 300psi, which can quickly allow our technicians the opportunity to set up drying equipment in your water-damaged condo.

Mitigation after a flood involves many steps, but the first of these are emergency board up services. This preventative action can keep further water flow from coming from the damaged roof area until reconstruction efforts can safely begin to this exposed area of your property.

Our Contents Department also works to remove at-risk and currently exposed items and belongings from the condo to our facility nearby. There they can get focused drying, cleaning, and disinfection efforts that can return them to their original condition. Once flood restoration and reconstruction complete on the condo, we can return these items to their original positions within the property to make it “Like it never even happened.”

When flooding affects your condo, you have a finite amount of time to protect the structure and the contents of your property from irreparable damages. You can always depend on the fast response of our highly-trained SERVPRO of South Miami water restoration technicians. Give our crew a call anytime that you need us at (305) 269-8900.

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When You Have A Leak In Your Kendall Home Call The Experts

1/6/2019 (Permalink)

This busted pipe caused water damage.

Water Removal Technicians In Kendall Talk About Various Extraction Tools

When a water leak occurs inside your Kendall residence, many gallons of water can pour into your building in a short amount of time. Once your contents and building materials get wet, it is wise to call in a professional water removal company such as SERVPRO. Once water starts affecting things inside your home, the matters can get worse quickly if they are not dealt with right away.  It only takes between 48 and 72 hours for mold to start to develop when organic materials such as wood or paper get wet. Rapid water removal can help reduce the chances of problems getting worse over time.
 
As soon as our SERVPRO technicians receive your emergency damage call, we respond promptly. Our fast 24/7 service enables us to conduct water removal in Kendall right away. The first and most important phase in any restoration project is the extraction phase. It is much easier to remove water when it is in liquid form right after the leak takes place. To do this, we utilize heavy-duty extraction equipment.
 
To start, we either use a truck-mounted or portable extractor. Portable units are ideal for getting into tight spots. Truck-mounted extractors have more power and work better for large projects. Once we decide which extractor to use, we decide among a variety of tools to attach to the vacuum motor.
 
Our SERVPRO crew always uses the most advanced technology when mitigating problems at your house. We have at our disposal several different types of extraction tools to use depending on the application. We can use water claw extraction tools to complete a variety of jobs. One unit is composed of a metal base with an adjustable handle that the operator stands on to help compress saturated carpets. There is also a handheld version that our technicians can use for smaller carpeted areas and furniture.
 
Our highly trained team is IICRC certified and available to assist you 24 hours a day and seven days a week. If you ever have a moisture-related problem, call SERVPRO of South Miami at (305) 269-8900 immediately after a problem occurs. 

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Why SERVPRO is the Top Choice for Water Removal in Your Kendale Lakes Home

12/14/2018 (Permalink)

Our trucks are loaded with state-of-the-art equipment to remove water and dry out your home..

Risks of DIY Water Removal for Your Kendale Lakes Home

Often Kendale Lakes homeowners work to repair and restore damages to their property on their own to save themselves money. While there are certain things that a homeowner could do on their own that does not require professional assistance and expertise, overcoming substantial water damages throughout the property is not one of them. Taking care of saturation and extraction in your home requires specific equipment and trained technicians who can make short work of the damaged elements to preserve all that is possible in the house.

While water removal for your Kendale Lakes property might not seem like a dire situation, failing to do this step correctly can result in significant problems for the household and its occupants. With the finite timeline that exists from the point in which materials become exposed to water to when they break down and fail structurally, our SERVPRO professionals have a limited window to get to these materials and dry them out before they are unsalvageable. Once they have gotten too damaged to preserve, the only credible solution is to remove these materials and replace them with new ones.

One of the aspects that sets our franchise apart from the competition in the area is our dedication to having the leading equipment in the industry. From our service vehicles to the machines stocked inside of them, we offer fast solutions for properties affected by water damages. Our truck-mounted pumps alone produce the strength to extract excess water from the floors of your home at 300 psi, which makes short work of pooling water and gives our experienced technicians the opportunity to focus efforts on drying.

These same SERVPRO professionals hold our work accountable to exceeding industry standards with equipment like our thermal imagery cameras. These devices can show pockets of moisture unaffected by the air movers and dehumidifiers, and help our team to focus efforts to eliminate this persistent dampness.

Water loss incidents in your home can be very problematic without an immediate response from trained professionals who can clean up the mess. Give our SERVPRO of South Miami team a call today at (305) 269-8900.

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SERVPRO Now Services Miami Gardens, Kendall, And Pinecrest

2/5/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Offers Property Damage Restoration Services to the Miami Area Including Miami Gardens, Kendall and Pincrest.

Fire & Smoke, Water, Storm and Mold Remediation Are the Cornerstones of SERVPRO Services

SERVPRO of South Miami is proud to welcome the communities of Miami Gardens, Kendall, and Pinecrest into our service area. We are eager to demonstrate the experience and skill of our highly trained restoration technicians, production managers, and marketing staff. We strive ceaselessly to meet or exceed the expectations of both business and residential customers, including new clients in our expanding base of communities.
 
When you experience an accident, system failure, or natural disaster that causes damage to your property, a reputable and seasoned partner in the restoration industry is what you seek. We know water, fire, storm, and mold damage does not respect timetables yet requires immediate attention. The team at SERVPRO of South Miami is ready to respond 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
 
Water damage is a common threat in the suburban Miami area, whether from internal issues like plumbing or appliance fails or external events like heavy rains or flooding. SERVPRO of South Miami prepares our water damage restoration crews through IICRC approved training to handle all aspects of water damage remediation. Our equipment is highly efficient, assisting in removing water swiftly and drying saturated building materials thoroughly before permanent or secondary damage occurs.
 
A fire in your Pinecrest business or home is frightening and devastating. The SERVPRO of South Miami fire damage response crews arrives as soon as authorities give clearance, and assess the scene for safety concerns and the extent of the damage. Our crew members expertly match cleaning methods with the many types of charring, soot, and smoke damage a fire inflicts within your property. We arrange for repairs and restore all areas affected, including employing effective deodorization techniques, so your premises returns to you "Like it never even happened."
 
Storm damage in Kendall needs fast and expert attention, and SERVPRO of South Miami delivers. We secure weather-damaged buildings with temporary supports and tarps to keep further damage from the elements minimal. Then a complete assessment determines the list of tasks we complete -- from water removal to structural drying, to arranging for the repair and replacement of an endless range of building materials and contents. Our goal is to transform your battered building back to its preloss condition quickly and completely.
 
In the humid and rainy climate of South Florida, your Miami Gardens home or business can suffer from mold growth and damage. The mold remediation team from SERVPRO of South Miami use EPA developed and approved protocols to contain and remove mold growth on your property. Advanced technology like negative pressure air scrubbers keeps you and your family or employees safe during mold remediation. We also find and eliminate the source of moisture that caused the mold to grow and work with you on a plan to avoid future mold outbreaks by keeping areas dry and humidity levels between 30 and 50 percent.
 
When you need a full-service disaster restoration company, look no further than SERVPRO of South Miami. Our number at (305) 269-8900 is answered day and night, and our experienced and compassionate employees are ready to assist.

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