Recent Water Damage Posts

Who Provides Reliable South Miami Water Damage Restoration?

6/14/2022 (Permalink)

Flooded parking lot with a SERVPRO van in the back SERVPRO is Here to Help with your water damaged home or business.

Certified SERVPRO Crews Provide Prompt South Miami Water Cleanup and Drying Services

The diverse mix of lovely residential neighborhoods and lively commercial districts in South Miami draws and retains home and business owners and visitors. Risks of water incursion from failing plumbing or malfunctioning appliances are present for properties here, just like any community. The possibility of severe seasonal storms or even hurricanes increases the concern and stress home, and building owners feel in the face of water incursions in the region. 

What Are Common Water Damage Challenges in South Miami?

Structural components and contents stand in harm's way when water intrudes because of system and equipment breakdowns or the fierce winds and precipitation of severe storms. SERVPRO crews are familiar with the many manifestations of and strategies to mitigate and remediate the following sources and consequences of water damage in South Miami:

  • Burst pipes
  • Exterior damage and leaking roofs from storms  
  • Ceiling leaks 
  • Flooded carpeting and floors
  • Sewer backup requiring sewage cleanup
  • Water-soaked insulation and contents

Why is SERVPRO a Water Damage Restoration Leader in South Miami?

Responding appropriately to water damage requires rigorous training in psychrometry, which is the science of drying. SERVPRO managers and crew members master water damage assessment and water mitigation and remediation strategies during coursework and hands-on opportunities provided by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). 

The IICRC prepares and certifies Water Damage Restoration Technicians (WRT) in research-based international standards. Our business is also certified by the IICRC and invests in an extensive inventory of cutting-edge equipment to assist our technicians in delivering successful outcomes after water damage to commercial and residential buildings. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster, with our fully-stocked trucks ready to roll round the clock, 365 days of the year. 

Does SERVPRO Offer Residential and Commercial Clients Other Unique Water Damage Recovery Emergency Services?

  • Pack-Out Services

When water damage involves furnishings, documents, window and floor treatments, electronics, clothing, inventory, household or business goods, personal possessions, and more, a pack-out of affected contents can make sense. Teams of specialized technicians include those who can sort, inventory, label, and move out wet items using our Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS). At our production facility, content experts work with your insurance company to evaluate water damage and innovative document cleaning, drying, deodorization, and other restoration efforts to limit out-of-pocket costs to you.

  • Emergency READY Profile (ERP)

SERVPRO seeks to collaborate with commercial customers on preventative water damage and individualized water damage restoration agendas long before water intrusion. An on-site inspection, your completion of prompts on a mobile app, and transparent discussions result in a digital protocol our responding technicians use when your business suffers water damage. Residential customers can also work with us on an ERP, especially helpful if you spend time away from your South Miami home when you might need disaster restoration. 

Access to SERVPRO of South Miami's local, high-quality water damage disaster recovery professionals offers residential and commercial customers peace of mind. Call (305) 269-8900 24/7 to arrange an assessment and structural plus contents drying plan.

Water Removal Equipment and Methods In Kendall

6/13/2022 (Permalink)

Outside view of townhomes There are many different ways that water can unexpectedly get inside your Kendall townhome.

Water Removal Equipment and Methods

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

Once water enters a building, many different types of damage can occur. SERVPRO’s water removal technicians in Kendall have experience dealing with moisture in several scenarios. Moisture needs removing within a 48-hour window, so mold growth does not occur.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Importance Of Letting Experts Handle Water Damage In Coral Gables

4/13/2022 (Permalink)

Ceiling Leak If your home in Coral Gables suffers water damage, you are better off working with professionals to assist with the restoration process.

Letting Experts Handle Water Damage

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3/7/2022 (Permalink)

drawing of toilet overflowing; boat flowing in water Toilet overflows can happen at any time. If your toilet or tub sends water pouring down your stairs or hallway, contact SERVPRO for remediation.

Professional Water Damage Experts Prioritize Drying Out Your Water Damaged Home

An upstairs bathtub or toilet overflows, and suddenly you are dealing with water flowing out the door and down the stairs. Depending on how quickly you can stop the water flow, you could wind up with a massive cleanup on your hands. Unfortunately, this is a common situation, and water leaks from the upper levels can cause double the damage to your Key Biscayne home. 

Key Biscayne water damage, which originates from an upstairs bathroom, can create quite a mess in your home. Not only is your bathroom a mess, but the floor, ceiling, and room underneath the bathroom are also soaked. You need the help that our staff at SERVPRO are trained to give you. With the right tools and the necessary knowledge, we come out to your home quickly to get your home back normal. 

When carpeting and padding in your home get wet from the leak, we can sometimes dry it in place. The basic idea of this mechanism is to extract the carpet more thoroughly and increase how many dehumidifiers and air movers there are. The carpeting is not rolled back, and the pad is not removed but instead dried in place. 

If this method is possible, SERVPRO techs begin with water extraction, which must be aggressive. We use specialty weighted equipment that squeezes water out of the carpet and pad. We start with the center of the room first; then, we move the furniture to the center when that is done so we can continue extracting the room's perimeter. 

A truck mount with a regular wand is used first to stop water migration, and then we use a weighted extraction tool. We inspect the pad for water content, pulling a corner of the carpet back, rolling the padding like a newspaper, and squeezing it as hard as possible. If water drips from the pad, more passes are needed. We continue the extraction passes until we remove the moisture. 

Extracting with the in-place method requires double to triple the time for water removal. However, time is saved by not removing the carpet and pad. 

After extraction, we place air movers and calculate dehumidifier requirements to achieve the most efficient drying conditions. One air mover is used for each fifty to sixty square feet of the affected area. 

Thoroughly Drying your home in Coral Gables, South Miami, or Coral Terrace is our number one goal at SERVPRO of South Miami. Should a water disaster occur in your home, reach out to us as soon as possible at (305) 269-8900.

Water Removal in Coral Gables

3/7/2022 (Permalink)

standing water on kitchen floor Removing standing water is critical after a flooding event. Call SERVPRO quickly to remediate.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Water Damage Starts in Many Ways

2/8/2022 (Permalink)

Leaking pipe under sink Did you experience water damage in your home? Call SERVPRO for fast remediation.

Always Rely on SERVPRO to Restore Your Water Damaged Property

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Speed and Expertise Are Essential to Water Restoration Jobs in South Miami

12/19/2021 (Permalink)

a puddle of water on the floor of a living room Regardless whether water enters your home from above or below, team SERVPRO can help. Contact us when you need water restoration in your home.

South Miami Homeowners Can Count on SERVPRO for the Best the Water Restoration Industry Has to Offer

Water is part of our life in South Miami, from the proximity of the beaches to canals to copious rains. But what happens when a ceiling leaks or a pipe bursts allowing water to run down walls and seep into flooring and furniture? Water damage can be overwhelming to homeowners who want to mitigate their losses and return their home to its original condition. To facilitate the return to normal, it is necessary to call a reputable team ready with the right equipment and resources to treat your home.

In South Miami, your expert water restoration team is SERVPRO. Our staff trains with experts in the industry and is certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), which is the entity that sets standards for the cleaning and restoration industry. Beyond our technical knowledge, we also have the on-the-job experience you should expect from trusted water damage and restoration technicians.

Timing is critical for water removal and extraction, as is the order we take each step. Taking care of standing water and the removal of wet carpet and insulation is usually among the first steps we take to set the stage for a successful process. Although we strive to preserve as much of your property as possible, wet textiles, carpets, and some building materials must be removed to avoid mold growth and its unpleasant consequences. To speed up the drying and water extraction process, you may see us use the following-

  • Pumps of varying sizes
  • Air movers and dehumidifiers
  • Drying mats and injecti-dry technology to access hard-to-reach places

Regardless of the size of your water disaster, SERVPRO of South Miami is at your service. Call us at (305) 269-8900 and let us leave your home “Like it never even happened.”

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

8/20/2021 (Permalink)

Water removal at your home after an event needs to be quick and complete. Contact our efficient SERVPRO team and we will bring the equipment for you.

Water Damage in your South Miami Home Needs SERVPRO

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 damage scenario in your Miami residence. Despite how tempting 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.

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?

You should be aware of many threats with standing water, 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 damage 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 damage 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 dozens of machines and units 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 into 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. They draw out moisture as you might expect and exhaust dry, heated air back into the workspace to aid in faster and more thorough drying.

We have experienced technicians who can help you through almost every mitigation, restoration, and reconstruction phase following substantial water damage 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.

Defective Sink Plumbing Could Mean Water Damage to Your Miami Residence

6/22/2021 (Permalink)

Leaks under sinks are common. Inspect that area often and call SERVPRO to remediate any water damage.

Water Damage to Your Residence

Sinks are a vital part of any functioning kitchen in a Miami home. While you might go to great lengths to ensure that you are taking care of all the pieces and parts that bring water into your faucets or carry the wastewater back out again, often, it is not enough. When any of these components malfunction, the result could be a damaging amount of water headed through your kitchen very quickly.

This kind of water damage to your Miami home is unpredictable in many ways. Since there are so many pieces that make up a single tub sink in your kitchen, it can be difficult amid an emergency to identify the source of the problem. Knowing where the problem started gets exponentially more difficult if you have multiple basins for your kitchen sink design. While you are going to get wet, you can do a few things to ensure that the problem does not spread or get worse in the affected area.

Water Removal Services

You must act quickly to get the water shut off, and that starts with calling our emergency SERVPRO response team. Once the initial shock of spraying water or liquid pouring from the cabinetry under the sink has worn off, you have to get yourself underneath the sink and get a look at the piping. Quickly scan the entire assembly for any noticeable fractures or separations, but that is not why you are down there. What you are searching for is a valve that feeds up from the floor into the cabinetry that supplies the faucet with water.

On this pipe, you should notice a valve. It usually has a yellow handle and can be turned 90 degrees to cut the water supply to the sink. After a few moments from turning this valve, you should notice the water slowing and then stop altogether. Since you have already contacted SERVPRO, we are likely en route to your home to assess the water damages that the sink has caused and restore it.

Sometimes there is little to no warning of an impending break to your plumbing for your sink, but its proximity to all your major appliances requires you to move quickly to remove the water and restore any damages. Our SERVPRO of South Miami team is equipped with the tools and experience to help you through all phases of this crisis until the problem gets fixed. Give us a call anytime at (305) 269-8900.

Professional Restoration of Water Damage in Miami Helps Save Important Fixtures

5/26/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO has the tools and skill to bring your kitchen back from water damages "Like it never even happened."

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

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

In many cases of water damage in Miami, removal of the cabinets, countertops, door trims, and door casing is vital to effectively reach all the waterlogged areas. Although specialized tools like a water extraction wand can help suck water from hidden locations, removing the installations can guarantee that all affected areas are appropriately addressed. The team we send from SERVPRO has the necessary skills to ensure the installations come out whole. For example, we support the granite on countertops with two-by-four planks to ensure there is no damage during disassembly. 

If a considerable percentage of the house is flooded, it might be necessary to remove around one foot of the bottom part of the drywall. This allows access to the outer wall, removing any affected insulation and drying the wall's wooden components. The SERVPRO technicians we send save you from all the hassles involved and ensure unnecessary damage does not occur during the removal. This is known as a flood cut and minimizes demolition, inconveniences, and expenses. Fortunately, most water damaging events are from localized plumbing leaks. 

When we remove the fixtures, it is easier to place air movers and dehumidifiers in different sections of the house for faster drying. By doing this, our SERVPRO technicians help protect the home from further damage by reducing microbial growth and chances of wood rotting. Once we certify that we have dried the area to preloss levels, contractors can move in and replace the removed fixtures if these services are required.

Water restoration technicians do more than just drying areas damaged by water. When you call SERVPRO of South Miami at (305) 269-8900, we respond fast and use the correct techniques that safeguard the fixtures in your home. "Like it never even happened."

How Can Carpet Water Damage Get Addressed in South Miami Condos?

5/14/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO understands how serious water can damage the carpeting in your condo, Call us for assistance with water removal.

From Drying to Replacement, we have Restoration Solutions for Damaged Miami Residences.

Careful inspection of exposed carpeting in a Miami condo is vital after water damage incidents. These flooring materials could become irreparably damaged if drying solutions are not started quickly. Some carpet damage is irreparable, including:

  • Delamination - is a term for the layers of backing material separating from one another after prolonged water exposure.
  • Mold damage – When spotting or other signs indicate mold growth has started, this can render this material unsalvageable. We can discard and replace it as needed.
  • Deterioration – Bad seams and other signs of wear or degradation can also indicate that water damage has compromised the flooring.

Is Water Restoration Possible with Damp Carpets in Miami Homes? 

Water restoration in Miami can be a challenge when carpeted floors are damaged. Floating the carpet is often a suitable solution. We protect carpets by detaching the top layer from its tack strip, so stretching does not occur. We can then direct warm air beneath the fabric, in effect, “floating” the carpet.

When water damage threatens your condo, our SERVPRO of South Miami team can help. Call today at (305) 269-8900.

What Water Damage Repairs are Necessary after Water Intrusion in Coral Gables?

4/26/2021 (Permalink)

Our team has BOTH the equipment and the know how to deal with the excess water situation in your home. Call us immediately after an event!

Water Cleanup Can Be Complicated. SERVPRO in Coral Gables Can Help to Reduce the Need for Repairs with Mitigation and Restoration

Water in a home can begin causing damage immediately. Any belongings or furniture that comes into contact with liquid moisture may suffer a negative impact. Also, structure or structural components like light-fittings can suffer permanent harm from prolonged exposure to water. 

We offer water cleanup services to residents of Coral Gables. Our first principle of operation is to mitigate losses which can save you thousands of dollars. By enacting a quick extraction and drying plan, we can limit damages to the home or contents. Once the property is dry, we can restore your belongings further to bring down the cost of a water intrusion event. 

  • Esporta mechanical washing machines are capable of removing 99% of soils from fabric and clothing. 
  • We have specialist products for cleaning natural materials like linen, velvet, satin, silk, and leather. 
  • Our team can often clean, buffer, or polish contents to a preloss condition using rotary machines. 

Avoid expensive repairs after water intrusion. Contact SERVPRO of South Miami for water cleanup at (305) 269-8900.

Can Hardwood Floors Be Restored After Coral Gables Water Damage?

2/18/2021 (Permalink)

Water can quickly damage the flooring in your home. Contact SERVPRO for water removal and remediation efforts.

SERVPRO Delivers Wet Flooring Mitigation and Remediation Options

When your treasured hardwood floors flood after a plumbing leak, appliance malfunction, or storm event in Coral Gables, you might fear that tear-out and replacement is the only solution. Our Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-trained managers and technicians learn many strategies to remove water and dry the hardwood carefully, often resulting in a return to the previous condition over the whole or most of the floor.

What Procedures Do Professional Water Restorers Follow with Wet Hardwood?

Genuine hardwood flooring is more resilient than you might hope, its natural resistance to moisture supporting skilled and well-equipped technicians as they pursue water damage restoration in Coral Gables. SERVPRO crews will:

  • Assess for hazards
  • Adjust the conditions to proceed safely
  • Remove standing water with pumps and extractors, assisted by squeegees.
  • Use negative pressure moisture suction methods such as floor mats to pull water from several layers.
  • Consider removing some strips or planks to gain access for water removal and drying.
  • Use moisture detectors and meters (both in the damaged area and in an affected space) to determine the damage’s extent and help set drying goals.
  • Devise and implement a drying plan

Have confidence that SERVPRO of South Miami can return your hardwood floors to “Like it never even happened.” Call us at (305) 269-8900.

How Far can Water Spread in a Multi-Level Residence?

10/21/2020 (Permalink)

When you have a water restoration emergency, we come prepared.

Few Properties have Barriers Keeping Moisture in One Place in South Miami 

To remove water and restore average humidity from a residence after an accident, we use high-tech machines that locate, collect, and eliminate moisture. We never need to rely solely on visual evidence on your floors, walls, or ceilings. Many times, water accumulates on the inside of these structures in South Miami, even though the exterior surface stays dry. 

When a customer calls SERVPRO about leaky pipes that spilled water into their South Miami home, we assure them that we can handle the situation. Our training and equipment allow us to restore a healthy interior environment to their property using different water removal techniques. Achieving this is crucial when we want to prevent a house and its occupants from experiencing unnecessary ill effects. First, we must determine where your home has damp conditions. 

What kind of equipment helps locate the wet areas of a property?

When you have SERVPRO remove the water and dry out your home's structure after a broken pipe happens, our water removal technicians take images of seemingly dry structural surfaces. We do this with infrared cameras. 

How does SERVPRO get a damp house dry again?

Our Team knows how to scale everything down to perfectly suit any size house's needs. We address the two states of water: 

  • Liquid, as either standing water on horizontal surfaces or absorbed into permeable materials
  • Vapor 

With liquid water, we use pumps on our truck or handheld extractors to remove small quantities. This essential stage happens rather quickly. Water vapor can spread through your vents, hallways, and make its way throughout a home, including into enclosed cavities. Our desiccant and LGR dehumidifiers get rid of water vapor. 

We monitor the situation during the project by taking readings and comparing these to the initial ones we obtained before we began working. Once finished, we take a final set of numbers and images to show that the interior is once again at normal moisture levels. 

Many property owners know they can rely on SERVPRO of South Miami to remove water after leaks and spills. Call (305) 269-8900. We can make everything, "Like it never even happened."

A Pipe Burst in My Crawl Space, Leaving Me Dealing with Water Damage. Who Can Help?

9/24/2020 (Permalink)

Water Damage to Your Miami Property Large or Small--SERVPRO Provides the Equipment Like this Commercial Desiccant Dehumidifer for Mitigation

Contact SERVPRO Technicians in Miami to Help You Perform Water Removal in Your Property

Water seeping into various surfaces in your Miami property can cause severe damage to the structure. That is why it is essential to involve professional restorers immediately to minimize damage and get your property to its pre-damaged state. We have the knowledge and expertise required to handle and provide reliable solutions to water intrusion incidents.

What if I have a water leak at 1 am?

Reliable water restoration companies such as SERVPRO are available on a 24-hour basis to respond to emergency calls. We can react fast and perform water removal in your Miami residence quickly since we understand the damage that water can cause in a short period.

What can cause a pipe in my crawl space to burst?

Several reasons can cause a pipe burst in your crawl space, including:

  •        High water pressure: The optimum water pressure for most pipes in homes is 40 to 45 psi. The water pressure in your home should not exceed 60 psi. If it does, some pipes may burst.
  •        Corrosion: Water pipes are meant to last for an extended period. However, the pH imbalance in the water can corrode pipes leading to a burst.
  •        The presence of a clog – If a clog is present in a pipe, it can cause undue pressure to build up in it. When the pressure is too much for the pipe to bear, it cracks.
  •        Soil shifting – Water pipes can burst if the soil around them shifts. This can happen when construction activities are going on close to the pipes.

Do you have to demolish my floor to find the water source?

At SERVPRO, we utilize approved techniques and advanced equipment to locate the root cause of the leak. We can use thermal imaging cameras to see how water has traveled in the affected areas. The devices help us determine the scope of damage and the amount of work required to restore your property.

Can I leave the water to evaporate on its own?

Water seeps into various surfaces such as drywall, furniture, and textiles, especially when in excess. This can spread the damage further. As more items that are valuable become damp, the risk of developing mold and experiencing irreversible damage is high. The mold can cause health effects to residents if not treated on time. We can use wall cavity ventilating systems and dehumidifiers to dry the area thoroughly.

Property owners should not take even a small amount of water seeping into their homes lightly. Contact SERVPRO of South Miami immediately at (305) 269-8900 for professional restoration services.

Why Should I Bring in Professional Water Damage Restoration Help?

8/7/2020 (Permalink)

Small leaks can cause a lot of damage. Call SERVPRO for fast, effective remediation.

SERVPRO Professionals Bring Years of Experience and Advanced Equipment to Every Miami Restoration Job   

The cleanup of most types of water loss requires more than mops and fans. Water migrates throughout a property, and worse, it degrades quickly. A simple pipe burst in a home can be a contaminated situation and require handling as a biohazard if it waits too long for the extraction and drying to begin. Outsourcing the cleanup to a professional restoration services company offers perks like:  

  • No missed water through the use of detection device and professional extraction and drying equipment
  • Proactive applications for mold and odor prevention
  • Communicates with your insurance agent so there are no surprise expenses  

What are the Biggest Threats for Creating a Water Cleanup Situation in My Home?    

There are many ways a Miami homeowner may need water cleanup in their properties. Plumbing issues such as a pipe burst or toilet overflow are frequent issues. Any water loss that contains sewage should have professional cleanup as the water requires handling as a biohazard and is unhealthy to come into contact with or aspirate airborne droplets. Appliance malfunctions account for a portion of the loss within homes such a supply lines to washing machines or dishwashers or a hot water tank giving out.  

Fortunately, many of these situations can get prevented with regular inspections and looking for signs of small water leaks or wear that need repairs. Make a checklist such as looking under cabinets, making sure supply lines are in good working order and be sure to check in your attic and if your property has a crawl space for signs of moisture and you can head off a mold infestation before it takes hold.  

Call SERVPRO of South Miami at (305) 269-8900 when you need water cleanup. The certified, trained team members are available 24/7 to come to your property and get rid of the water and return your home to its preloss condition. 

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How Do I Get the Water Out of My Carpet?

7/15/2020 (Permalink)

We understand the need for rapid response and restoration to minimize the loss of your property. Call us right away we are available 24/7.

SERVPRO techs have professional equipment and advanced methods to remove water from your home and give you the best outcome 

Having a wet carpet in your Miami home can be very frustrating. You can blot with rags and towels, but that only works to get water out of the tops of the fibers. If you own a wet/dry vacuum, those work to extract moisture but lack the power in most cases to pull up embedded moisture from the backing and pad. This can result in more significant issues if the padding and subfloor remain damp.

Why are Portable Extraction Units Better Than Wet/Dry Vacuums?  

When your carpet needs water removal in your Miami home, the possibility for the best outcome involves the use of a professional restoration services company and equipment. The portable water extraction pumps used by SERVPRO techs have extreme suction to pull up even embedded moisture from within the carpet and pad. This removal gets assisted through the use of weighted heads on the wands that work to push moisture up and out. Other equipment includes  

  • Truck-mounted extraction units
  • Ride-on equipment  
  • Manual tools such as mops and squeegees

What are Factors That Determine the Restoration Potential of a Carpet?

SERVPRO techs know that the carpet in your home is an investment, and when a water loss occurs, you want to avoid replacement if possible. The techs do the following standard actions to ensure the best outcome:   

  • Determine the stage water degradation is at
  • Test fibers to determine the construction materials
  • Perform color-fastness tests
  • Water extraction until dry passes occur
  • Set up specialized drying configurations as needed

One of the most critical issues is how long the homeowner waited to bring in SERVPRO for water cleanup. If the water has aged beyond 48 hours or has the potential to contain sewage, the carpet may not have any restoration potential and require disposal as a loss. 

What is the Best Way to Dry Wet Carpet?  

The techs extract that maximum amount of moisture with their equipment as it assists with lessening the drying time needed and inhibits the probability of mold becoming an issue. The air movers that SERVPRO uses to dry properties can dry a carpet efficiently. The techs use specific drying methods to ensure the carpet backing and pad are as dry as the fiber on the surface. 

Tenting is a method that gets applied when the loss area does not cover a broad area, and only a small area needs drying. The techs put plastic over the loss area and direct both air movers and dehumidifiers into the space. This works to port away the moist air as it gets raised and dries the carpet from the bottom up. 

Floating can be used for any size of water loss. A side of the carpet gets loosened, and air movers and dehumidifiers get positioned to force air underneath while other units blow across the top. This is another drying method with a high success rate. After drying, the carpet needs only to get stretched and tacked back into place.

Monitoring During the Drying Process  

Before drying a water loss area, the techs measure the air in other areas of the home to determine the baseline interior humidity levels and then monitor the process carefully to ensure drying goals get attained. Once completed, the techs wipe down the surfaces with their professional-grade cleaning solutions to both clean and sanitize surfaces. 

Post-Drying Issues Sometimes Seen in Carpet Restoration  

Once the carpet verifies as dry through the use of the monitoring equipment, the techs address any remaining issues with the carpet. Water spots may be present due; this can get handled through cleaning the top layer of fibers and eliminating the spots which occasionally happen after drying. In cases where stain from hardwood furnishings leached into wet carpet fibers, the techs perform stain-removal, but outcomes can vary due to the wide variety of carpet fibers and types of stains used. 

Water odors can sometimes get left behind. The techs have numerous applications to handle any type of musty scents left within the carpet. The use of steam cleaning can work to neutralize even embedded odors and remove them without leaving any residues on the fibers. Another method that works for situations where strong measures are needed is thermal fogging. The techs heat a solvent until it becomes a fog and apply it around the property. It penetrates the carpet and other porous surfaces containing pungent smells and neutralizes odorous molecules. 

When you need water removal, contact SERVPRO of South Miami at (305) 269-8900. The certified techs are available 24/7 to come to your property and handle any size water loss. 

What Areas of My Miami Condo Need Cleaning After a Water Loss?

6/23/2020 (Permalink)

Do you know how to restore your water damaged home? SERVPRO does!

Water Damage can Leave a Pressing Need for a Professional Cleaning From our SERVPRO Team 

As a property owner in Miami, you might have one of the thousands of area condos. With so many of these units getting built with premium construction materials, it becomes vital for professional restoration technicians like ours to respond quickly when water loss incidents occur. While water removal and drying are the foundation of water restoration, a nearly equally essential service that our professionals provide is premier cleaning. 

Cleaning is often one of the common threads of restoration regardless of the disaster that has taken place, so water cleanup in Miami condos is equally critical. Cleaning embodies many specific tasks, from residue removal from surfaces through deodorization or content recovery. Protecting the structural elements of your unit and your personal belongings are two fundamental aspects of the restoration services that our professionals provide upon arrival. Several of the commonly affected areas and items include: 

  • Flooring
  • Ceiling Materials
  • Exposed Furniture
  • Contents 

Can Carpets Ever Look the Same Again?  

Flooring can be one of the points most readily damaged by migrating water effects after a disaster. As much as surface water gets resolved as quickly as possible once professionals arrive, materials like carpeting can absorb high volumes. After the flooring gets dried, residues, debris, and even mild staining could exist. We have thorough carpet cleaning equipment to perform preconditioning and hot water extraction to remove soiling from the base of carpet fibers and eliminate damage from the most recent water loss incident. 

The term cleaning can have many meanings after a loss incident, and our SERVPRO of South Miami professionals can deliver qualified technicians to help. Contact us anytime at (305) 269-8900. 

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What are Common Types of Water Leaks Key Biscayne Homeowners Experience?

6/14/2020 (Permalink)

Unattended bathtubs with the water running can cause large scale water damage.

SERVPRO Technicians Deal with All Types of Water Leaks

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

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

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How Can Homeowners Avoid Water Damage in South Miami?

5/15/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technicians are ready and equipped to restore water damage from a hurricane.

Water Cleanup Eliminates Heavy Rain from Your Miami Residence 

Hurricane season is upon us here in Miami, and preparing for the worst might seem like a yearly habit. September is National Preparedness Month, and we want everyone to learn new ways to protect themselves. Improving methods you already use to protect your property can also decrease the damage you experience. 

 The lack of a hurricane does not mean you your home may not need water cleanup services in Miami. A hurricane might hit south or north of us and still create periods of heavy rain in our area. When this rain invades your home because strong winds push it into windows or entryways, or a damaged section of the roof no longer shelters your home, you need to get that water out of your home as quickly as possible. Water can harm materials, and it gives mold and mildew the start they need to begin growing. 

Preventing all disasters is not feasible, but preparing for situations that might cause damage can help minimize the costs associated with repair and restoration work. It can also help save items with sentimental value from irreplaceable loss. Water cleanup helps restore your home and its belongings after the event occurs by extracting water and moisture and re-establishing dry conditions. Removing any soiling caused by particles swept up by the rainwater also helps immensely in getting things back “Like it never even happened.” 

First, we determine the pumping equipment size based on the amount of water in your home upon our arrival. If your home is without electricity, we can still start working because we also carry a power system for such situations. Getting all the visible water out eliminates breeding grounds for countless bacteria and other microbes and gives us better visibility. Cloudiness of water covering your floors can also hide possible dangers, and we want to reveal these hazards so we can more safely remove them. 

We consider rainwater relatively clean, and promptly removing it can increase the possibility of restoring any drenched carpets. We remove as much water as possible and then, in many cases, elevate the carpet so we can direct airflow both below and above, entirely airing it out. When we do this, the evaporation of the moisture in the carpet dramatically increases the humidity. Dehumidifiers used in the area extract the moisture and help us keep our progress on schedule.

SERVPRO of South Miami is ready to help you by being Faster To Any Size Disaster in Dadeland, Coral Terrace, and Kendall. When a disaster means you need water cleanup services, call us at (305) 269-8900, so we can make things right again for you.  

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How Do I Restore My Water Damaged Home in Miami To Pre-Damage Condition?

3/19/2020 (Permalink)

If you have a water-damaged Miami home Call us at (305) 269-8900

The Professional Water Damage Team from SERVPRO Can Help

It only takes one of the many storms passing over Miami to create problems with your home's roof. After repairs, most homeowners never have a problem again. Sometimes, though, minor gaps that went undetected before now suddenly seem to open up and let rain from even mild showers into the house. Any part of your roof can develop problems like this.

What are the first steps to restoring my Miami home after water damage?

  • We can help determine where the leak is coming from so your roofing team can get the repairs made as quickly as possible
  • Thermal imaging equipment that shows the presence of moisture in materials for tracking down both lost and invasive water
  • SERVPRO can repair leaky pipes and slipped water lines.

After we locate the area where rain enters, we can tarp this to eliminate problems until after the completion of the roof's repairs. Now we can begin working on cleaning up the water that came through your ceiling and is threatening your home and your belongings. Preventing as much ruination and damage to your property as possible is our goal in mitigation and cleanup.

What happens to my belongings after a water loss?
Water that comes through your attic can carry debris with each drop and deposit these substances on your belongings. Attic spaces can also contain stored boxes of off-season items, and we can get these cleaned up for you, also. Disposing of things and repurchasing them often costs considerably more than the expense involved in cleaning and restoring those same items.

Furniture that sat under a leak can hold quite a bit of water in its upholstery. We use special vacuums that remove the water while protecting the fabric. Other items, such as solid wood furniture, can often come clean with only a thorough wipe-down to clean it sufficiently. We air dry these in a special chamber to speed drying up and then deodorize with either hydroxyl or ozone machines.

Carpeting in the area affected by an overhead leak often experiences water spread out several feet in each direction. We get carpets in such situations dry by floating them, which allows us to direct air both above and below them, rapidly drying them and the floor on which the carpet rests.

SERVPRO of South Miami is ready 24/7 to help families in our local area during their time of need. Call us at (305) 269-8900, any time when you find your home's interior drenched.

Using Wands to Remove Water from Miami Homes

2/28/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO professionals are trained to handle all types of water damage.

Your Home’s Water Damage Need’s the Proper Equipment for the Best Restoration Results

There are many tools and devices that our SERVPRO professionals regularly use to recover Miami homes after disasters like water and fire losses. As damaging as migrating water can be, using some of these efficient machines and attachments to slow or stop the movement of this water can be instrumental in protecting property and preventing further losses. Wands are an excellent example of these attachments that can play a significant role in water removal and moisture containment.

Surface water damage in Miami homes can often be what homeowners fixate on the most when they think of recovering their property after a water loss emergency. As destructive as moisture on this top layer of flooring material might be, there are even more significant concerns when absorption happens into carpeting and padding underneath it. The right tool used in these circumstances can help to protect against greater property damages like the deterioration of subflooring and support elements when migrating moisture absorbs even deeper.

Squeegee Wands 

With hardwood flooring and tile, our SERVPRO team must work to remove surface moisture before worsening conditions can develop. In many situations, attaching a squeegee wand to a wet vacuum can remove the bulk of standing water concerns. These devices can funnel collected water to the onboard vacuum portion for removal.

Carpet Wands 

Carpet wands are another helpful attachment that our team can use to remove moisture concerns from damaged materials. Carpeting can quickly absorb water, and these wands can work to pull moisture from both the top layer and padding but are especially useful when it gets decided to remove the padding altogether and replace it.

Weighted Extraction Tools 

Ride-on equipment and stationary weighted tools can both also be effective on carpeted surfaces. These units press the carpet and padding against the subflooring material, forcing moisture to the surface for collection by an onboard vacuum.

All of these devices and tools can play an active role in the restoration of your home after a water loss incident. Our SERVPRO of South Miami team can help you make it “Like it never even happened,” by calling (305) 269-8900.

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Anatomy of Professional Water Damage Recovery in Miami

1/2/2020 (Permalink)

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

11/13/2019 (Permalink)

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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Water Damage To Your Miami Property

10/17/2019 (Permalink)

Let SERVPRO help you handle your water damage in Miami.

Miami residents don’t panic over water damage, call us today we will help.

As homeowners we do everything possible to protect our home investment from possible damage. However, there are most likely always going to be times when the unexpected occurs, often leading to damage and losses that are beyond your control. When facing water problems in your Miami area home, you need access to a company that understands your situation.

If you end up dealing with water damage on your Miami property from basement floods, water leaks, kitchen floods, a sewage backup, or natural disaster, give us a call. We have all of the skills, knowledge, and equipment necessary to remove standing water and dry everything in a highly efficient manner. Our certified Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Technicians (IICRC) know what to do to restore your home to its fullest potential. 

At SERVPRO, water damages are one of our most common calls. We have 24/hr emergency response teams available at a moment's notice to tackle these events quickly. Our onsite team performs a full assessment of damage found on your property, and communicate with you whenever necessary, so there are no surprises. Every area of your home affected by the event receives the proper attention, and our entire team helps you understand what is about to happen in your home.

SERVPRO can provide you with a wide variety of restoration services. Everything from damage mitigation, to cleaning and restoration, all of which are designed to adjust to fit your unique situation. Whether you have a small drip in the kitchen or a problem throughout the entire house, our technicians are prepared to handle your water problem thoroughly. 

You can count on SERVPRO to provide you with quick, efficient water removal, drying, deodorization, and restoration services you can count on to return your property to a quality preloss condition. We can even help you learn how to recognize signs of water damage in your home, giving you the power to limit any losses you might experience.

Contact SERVPRO of South Miami for full-service cleanup and restoration services throughout Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, Key Biscayne, and surrounding areas. We have an entire Green Fleet available 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, “We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.” (305) 269-8900

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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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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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Why It's Important To Contact Our Crew After A Water Damage Disaster In Your Miami Home

4/24/2019 (Permalink)

Involving a professional in the cleanup of water-damaged properties helps address all issues.

Why Seek Professional Assistance For Water Cleanup In Miami

A water loss incident may not seem complicated to address. Whether a faulty plumbing line or a weather event such as driving rain releases the water, you may think that all you have to do is scoop it out and air the property to restore normal conditions. However, in practice, you realize it takes more to deal with the damage. Involving a professional Miami restoration company to help with cleanup has many benefits.

Whether the case involves clean or gray water, it ends up soiling the property. Soiling can happen as the water dissolved dyes in fabrics or leads to chipping of paint from surfaces. The water can also spread debris such as dust and even household wastes. Cleaning the soils left over after the incident is, therefore, a necessary part of the water cleanup process in Miami. Our SERVPRO technicians use professional cleaning agents and EPA-registered disinfectants to ensure we clean your property to a sanitary level.

The main problem after a water loss is the standing water so extraction and drying all moisture traces is crucial. Such extraction should happen promptly because letting the water sit for more than twenty-four hours can lead to severe problems such as mold development. Drying the area too fast can also have its challenges because it can cause wood and similar materials to crack. Our SERVPRO technicians set a drying goal for balanced drying. We use moisture meters to determine the level of wetness in materials allowing us to determine the number of air movers and dehumidifiers to use. We also determine the best positioning of such equipment when setting the goal.

Bad odors can develop quickly after water loss incidents. Under humid conditions, smells are more prevalent because the moisture dissolves and carries the odor vapors to the nose. Removing such odors helps restore the property to its preloss state. Our SERVPRO technicians take specific steps to deodorize the property dealing with the damage “Like it never even happened.” We air scrubbers to remove airborne particles and hydroxyl generators to neutralize odor particles.

Involving a professional in the cleanup of water-damaged properties in South Miami, Coral Gables, and Hollywood helps address all issues. Call SERVPRO of South Miami to assist. You can reach us at (305) 269-8900 any time.

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Use SERVPRO to Deal With All Water Damage Issues in Your Coral Gables Home

3/10/2019 (Permalink)

Don't let water damage take over your home, call SERVPRO for help.

Older Pipes Cause Water Damage to Your Home in Coral Gables

The “City Beautiful” truly lives up to its name. With its shaded streets, lush with vegetation, it is a pleasure for those who live, work and play in the Gables. Many of its homes retain the beauty of their original construction, and it is easy to see the history that lives within each of them. However, older construction brings some challenges to modern life. Water damage caused by a burst older pipe is not uncommon within this beautiful community. Whether a tree root made its way into the plumbing or it just broke due to age, calling an expert team to restore the home to its mint condition is essential.
If there is water damage to your Coral Gables home reach out to SERVPRO immediately and avoid any further damage to your property. Every minute counts when your floors and walls are covered in water. The longer it stands on surfaces such as original wood floors or saturating your walls, the more extensive the damage to your home. Our SERVPRO team is available 24/7 to respond expediently to your emergency.
As a homeowner, it is hard to tell just how much water has made its way in to the foundation of your house. Our Green Fleet is equipped with the latest technology to extract any standing water and to monitor moisture levels in your home. Our handheld equipment allows us to enter into crevices to extract water and dry them, while heavy-duty pumps can eliminate larger accumulations.

In Coral Gables, the possibility of mold following water damage is especially worrisome because of the age of most homes. Our SERVPRO technicians are specifically trained and IICRC certified to mitigate the proliferation of mold in your home and to remediate any that might exist. Keeping the right levels of moisture by using air movers and dehumidifiers allows us to achieve just that. Our expertise also prepares us to work rapidly to avoid the buckling of hardwood floors, all by maintaining the right level of humidity in your home.

Do not be afraid of a broken pipe or its resulting water damage. Just call SERVPRO of South Miami at (305) 269-8900 and allow us to work for you. In no time at all your home will look “Like it never even happened.”

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Kendall Furniture Water Loss--Found by SERVPRO

11/6/2018 (Permalink)

Don't Hang Your Furniture in Kendall to Save It from Water Damage--Call SERVPRO

Factors to Consider When Restoring Water Damaged Upholstery in Kendall  

Water damage restoration services are meant to address problems that result from an unfortunate water event. There are several ways in which moisture affects your items, and the restoration process is meant to come up with appropriate solutions. We are going to look at the kind of damage the moisture leaves on wood furniture and upholstery, and the various techniques we use to address such challenges in Kendall.

When the wooden furniture in your Kendall home is exposed to water damage, spots can appear, joints may weaken, swell, or crack. It is possible to use specialized wood care procedures to remove the water spots and repair some levels of damage. Our SERVPRO technicians can compare the cost of repair and replacement and recommend the best option. Warping is a common occurrence when particleboard furniture gets exposed to water. The warp appears when the non-laminated area absorbs water, and the laminated part resists the moisture.
The wood framing of your upholstery can also swell and crack. If that happens, its joints weaken since the glue may lose its adhesive properties, which means additional damage occurs. Also, part of the upholstery's fabrics may become wet and lead to the development of water spots. When attending to such situations, our SERVPRO technicians may decide to wet the entire furniture to prevent water lines from forming.
Though it is hard to guarantee complete spot removal, there are technical aspects that our SERVPRO technicians consider when working on your property. Before we decide to use any spot removal procedure, we start by pretesting to ensure the safety of the fabric is assured and avoid challenges like color bleeding. We also have to determine whether we are removing an oil-based stain or a water-based stain before we select the stain removal procedure.
SERVPRO of South Miami is a certified and licensed cleaning and restoration company that uses industry proven-procedures to offer working solutions. Call (305) 269-8900 when you need residential or commercial services at any time of the day.

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Overcoming Water Damage To Your Kendall Home

5/22/2018 (Permalink)

Water damages to your Kendall residence can appear in a multitude of ways.

Water Damage To Your Home

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

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

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

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

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

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Preparing For Hurricane Irma Surprises In Your South Miami Winter Home

10/12/2017 (Permalink)

Hurricane Irma--First Evacuation in South Miami, then for Cleanup Call SERVPRO

Rely on SERVPRO for Cleanup and Sanitation After Hurricane Irma

Every year you look forward to returning to the balmy breezes and temperate climate that appealed to you when buying your second home. Now that there is a serious chill in the air up north it is time to plan your trip back to South East Florida. This fall, however, you are plagued with concerns about how well your South Miami winter dwelling held up to the challenges of Hurricane Irma. You need a professional partner in your Sunshine State community to help you assess and remedy any harm this severe weather event visited on your holiday home.
The strong winds and torrential rains that swept through Florida and the South Miami area when Irma approached and then made landfall could have caused significant adverse impacts upon your beloved winter home. Any part of your detached house, condo, or townhome with even a slight imperfection was highly likely to allow water to take advantage of the weakness and invade. Older windows, perhaps casually maintained, commonly fail to hold back the force of a hurricane strength wind, the result being significant quantities of water forcing its way into your vacation haven.
Water is a tremendously destructive force, and when it saturates commonly used building materials, fixtures, and decor, an extensive list of destructive consequences follow. Window sills soak up the water and swell, warping and twisting, making it impossible to open and close the windows again properly. Blinds and draperies become waterlogged and stained, the materials decomposing into ruin. Floors and walls nearby also take the brunt of the water, bulging and buckling. Carpets experience delimitation, where the fibers permanently pull away from the backing, destroying the floor covering.
Perhaps the most devastating after effect of water incursion is mold damage. When water damage goes unabated for 24 to 48 hours the likelihood of microbial activation and proliferation is exceptionally high. Mold spores are present at all times in your Florida home, but without a source of moisture they simply collect on surfaces and float through the air. Water forced into your Florida dwelling by the cataclysmic winds of Irma can be the catalyst for mold damage in all areas of your property. Failed electrical power can also dramatically increase the RH relative humidity within your unit.
Be prepared for the probability that wind-driven moisture made its way into your Florida home. Engage the services of a reputable storm damage recovery company like SERVPRO of South Miami to assess the harm and devise a comprehensive plan to restore the destruction as soon as you make your back to your winter hideaway, or even before your return. (305) 269-8900

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Water Damage Detection And Monitoring In Key Biscayne

7/27/2017 (Permalink)

The common denominator in all water damage emergencies is the presence of excess water.

Detection And Monitoring

When a clogged toilet, broken pipe, or a leaking dishwasher hose happens, it can be devastating to the homeowner. The damage may be indiscernibly slow and minor, such as water spots that end up damaging a surface in the long run, or it may be immediate and catastrophic like a flood. Whatever the case, water damage is a significant contributor to loss of property.

If your Key Biscayne home sustained water damage from a broken pipe while you were on vacation, IICRC trained technicians can help you restore it. Our water damage technicians can locate the affected areas and track moisture within the structure using different detection and monitoring devices. SERVPRO professionals are adequately trained on how to use these apparatus in a water damage situation.

Detecting Excess Moisture
The common denominator in all water damage emergencies is the presence of excess water. Our technicians use moisture sensors to detect moisture in soft materials during the water removal process. The sharp probes on the sensor can penetrate through carpets to indicate how far the water has traveled. We use this device during the initial inspection because it is both convenient and very efficient. However, moisture sensors cannot measure the amount of moisture present. Additionally, they are calibrated to signal moisture at only 17 to 19 percent, so our SERVPRO water damage restoration experts use a different monitoring tool to check whether the material is drying properly.

Calculating Exact Moisture Levels
Upon arrival on the property hit by the water damage, our technicians will begin to dry the structure and return the moisture content to normal levels. We use moisture meters to find the moisture content of different materials and determine whether the structure is dry. Penetrating meters can test moisture underneath wood flooring and within wall cavities, while non-penetrating ones have sensors that indicate moisture levels on the surface of materials. Our water removal experts are trained on how to use moisture meters properly to avoid false readings when measuring foil back insulation and steel studs.

Determining Current Temperature and Humidity
In a water damage crisis, it is essential to have an accurate reading of the current temperature and relative humidity. This is where our water damage restoration specialists come into play. We use advanced thermo-hygrometers to measure both of these elements, as well as to determine dew point. SERVPRO personnel will adapt the equipment to air conditions in the room before taking the readings, and then use these findings in conjunction with a psychrometric chart or calculator to calculate the specific humidity.

Do not leave your property to chance in a water damage situation. Excess water can be hazardous in all sorts of ways. As a locally owned and operated company, SERVPRO of South Miami is nearby and ready to help initialize the water removal process. We are on 24/7 at (305) 269-8900.

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Improper Venting Causes Water Damage in Coral Gables

6/1/2017 (Permalink)

Bathrooms need to be properly vented in order for the dampness in the room not to cause damage to walls and floors. Call SERVPRO after damage.

SERVPRO Remediates Water Damage AND Helps to Prevent Future Occurrences

Household appliances like dryers, heating systems, and stovetops should vent to the outside of your home. Failure to follow this suggestion sends an unintended infusion of moisture into areas that then experience damage to structure, contents, or both. The team at SERVPRO restores the harm and suggests ways to eliminate the risk in the future.
Many areas are at increased risk of water damage within your Coral Gables home. Obvious options are the bathroom or kitchen. Showers and baths raise the ambient humidity of the room, and that steamy warmth causes damage to walls, ceilings, and flooring if no venting directs the moisture elsewhere. Kitchens experience similar issues if the steam created by cooking and baking remains in the area. Laundry rooms are also problem spots. If venting is present and the damage still mounts up, we investigate to find out why rather than simply responding to the visible damage.
Some contractors use shortcuts and vent into crawl spaces or attics rather than extend the ductwork outside of the building. This causes moisture to condense above ceilings and walls. When enough water collects, it saturates structural materials and components such as ceiling tiles or drywall. You notice discolored areas creeping across ceilings or paint bubbling or peeling. Walls show dimples or soft spots.
SERVPRO technicians evaluate the visible damage, but before we make a plan to dry out the moisture, we locate the source. If the water vapor continues to be vented inside the house, our restoration efforts will not resolve the problem. Correcting the venting configuration is one step. We then use a variety of drying techniques including dehumidifiers and air movers above and below the water damage, as appropriate, to stabilize the structures enough to determine if any material must be removed and replaced.
Water damages homes in ways that is surprising to our clients but understandable to us. Our job is not only to restore the damage but to explain to our customers in a professional yet compassionate way how the damage occurred and what can be done to prevent it from happening again. SERVPRO requires extensive training for all staff and assigns experienced project managers to your case so we ensure answers to all your questions.
You appreciate the candor and the skills of the staff from SERVPRO of South Miami when water damage restoration leads to the need for additional repairs to fully resolve a tricky situation. Call our water damage detectives at (305) 269-8900 to search for a solution that lasts.

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Water Damage Affecting Coral Gables

1/16/2017 (Permalink)

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

Coral Gables Being Affected by Water Damage

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


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Four Reasons To Call in Experts for Coral Gables Water Damage

1/14/2016 (Permalink)

Keep the Water in the Pool, Not In the House

If Coral Gables Water Damage Strikes, Call SERVPRO

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

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

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

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

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

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

Why Choose SERVPRO of South Miami?

We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster

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

Coconut Grove Water Damage Event Calls for a Quick Response

9/14/2015 (Permalink)

Water or Moisture can Ruin A Hardwood Floor

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

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

Cleaning Your Home in Coconut Grove

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

Repairing Your Home

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

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

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

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

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

Basic South Miami Water Damage Remediation Steps

6/10/2015 (Permalink)

Damage from water can quickly destroy a home by staining furnishings, encouraging the development of rot and causing the growth of mold.

Basic Water Damage Remediation Steps

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

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

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

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

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

What To Do After Flooding

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

What NOT To Do After Flooding

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