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Fire Safety in the Office

2/16/2021 (Permalink)

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In the event that a fire ever occurs in your office, it’s important to have a few fire safety precautions in place to keep your employees and commercial building prepared for dealing with one. While having a fire extinguisher and smoke detectors goes without saying, do your employees know what to do if the alarm sounds or they have to use the extinguisher?

Here are a few fire safety precautions that you should ensure are in place:

  • Make sure your employees know how to use a fire extinguisher. Every 6 months or so, hold a training session where your employees learn how to use a fire extinguisher if they don’t already know how to use one. Something as simple as this could be the difference between an accidental office fire from a microwave or a lighter being extinguished or burning up everything in sight. Here’s a great article on how to use a fire extinguisher.
  • Regularly change your smoke detectors’ batteries and ensure one is installed in every room. As a general rule of thumb, test your smoke detectors once a month and replace their batteries twice a year. By ensuring that your smoke detectors do their job and have the battery juice to sound, you can prevent office fires whenever smoke occurs first.
  • Share your office’s evacuation plan. Depending on the size of your office, you need to have one or multiple evacuation plans to adhere to the building’s fire code. Make sure to take into account any legal requirements for fire evacuation plans before you post them around the building and share them. 
  • Do a few fire drills. Sharing your office’s evacuation plan isn’t enough. Hold a couple fire drills and run your employees through the proper evacuation routes so they know where to go if the building catches on fire. Rehearsing an evacuation plan makes it that much easier to take action in the event that a fire actually occurs.


With all of these fire safety precautions in place, we hope that you’ll never have to manage the aftermath of an office fire. However, If you ever end up dealing with fire damage, water damage, mold, or other natural disaster damage, give SERVPRO of Wynwood (305) 377-2325. Our team of professionals are trained and equipped to help you manage restoration and cleaning.

Servicing A Water Damage Incident

2/9/2021 (Permalink)

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Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Wynwood provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

“Faster to any size disaster.”

Flooding and water damage are very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Wynwood arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

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Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of Bellaire

SERVPRO of Wynwood specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry 

How To Spot Potential Water Damage Causes

1/31/2021 (Permalink)

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Catching water damage before it becomes evident can save you time and money, so knowing the top spots in your home to regularly monitor for damage is crucial for any homeowner. Instead of waiting until a water stain appears on your ceiling or water pools on the floor under your sink, make it a priority to inspect these three spots for water damage on a monthly basis.

  1. Check under the sink.

Sinks are regularly located in your kitchen, your bathrooms, and maybe even in other rooms in your house. Since water flows from the faucets and comes up through pipes underneath the sink, it’s not uncommon for leaky sinks to occur. Always inspect the cabinetry and piping underneath your sink for any leaks or moisture.

  1. Don’t forget to look behind the toilet. 

Your toilet is another frequently-used appliance in your home that uses a lot of water with every flush. Monitoring the space behind and around your toilet for any water damage is always a good practice.

  1. Take a look at your roof.

It’s easy to forget to look at your roof for water damage, but if your gutters aren’t working properly or your roof isn’t in good shape, there’s a fair chance that water may be seeping through your roof into your attic, your garage, and your ceilings. It can be hard to know what to look for, but any obvious water stains are a bad sign. Be sure to check out the roof from the exterior and the interior sides (your ceilings). 

Water damage can be costly and affect the structural integrity of your home, and so it’s important to keep an eye out for water damage before it wreaks havoc. If you’re looking to buy a new home, here are a few things to look for to ensure that you don’t prematurely buy a home that’s susceptible to water damage. 

If you recognize the signs of water damage on one of your regular rounds inspecting the vulnerable areas of your home, contact SERVPRO of Wynwood  at 305-377-2325. With state-of-the-art technology and training, our disaster restoration professionals are equipped for handling the job

How To Determine If Your Water Damage Is Covered By Insurance

1/25/2021 (Permalink)

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Finding flooded water in your basement is one of those events you hope to avoid during your lifetime. Water damage can be substantial and no Midtown Miami, FL, homeowner wants to pay for the associated repair and replacement costs. Fortunately, there are times when your homeowners' insurance covers water damage from a basement flood. Here is some information to help you determine if your flood may or may not be covered.


Sudden and Accidental Events Are Typically Covered
Many homeowners' policies will cover the expenses associated with water damage if the occurrence is sudden and accidental. Here are some examples of covered instances:

  • A water heater rupture
  • A pipe burst
  • A break in an appliance supply hose
  • Faulty plumbing


These are just some instances that are sudden and accidental. If you find water in your basement, contact your insurance company and explain the situation. Give your agent all the details and they will determine whether or not the incident is covered by your homeowners' insurance policy.


Gradual and Neglectful Events Are Typically Not Covered
A basement flood is typically not covered if the homeowner neglects to perform routine maintenance. One obvious example of when insurance coverage would not be in effect is a leaking faucet. Homeowners are responsible for maintaining their homes and associated appliances. While you can contact your insurance agent and explain the situation if it’s identified as poor maintenance on the part of the homeowner it most likely will not be covered.
It’s also helpful to understand that while some instances of flooding are covered by insurance, most insurance policies don’t cover the source of the problem. For example, insurance may cover the cost to repair damaged walls or flooring; however, it will not cover the cost to repair the broken washing machine.
Fortunately, during any type of basement flood, there are professionals available to clean and restore your home. Water restoration specialists are available to provide emergency service to homeowners.

Why SERVPRO is the Best for Commercial Cleaning and Commercial Damage Remediation?

1/18/2021 (Permalink)

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Did you know SERVPRO is not just for disasters such as floods, water damage, or fires in your home? We also help Commercial Businesses! SERVPRO employees are certified to clean and sanitize: Upholstery, Carpeting, Flooring, and other hard surfaces. SERVPRO is even certified to remove biohazard contaminants such as blood, urine, feces, and other things no one else wants to clean. Refresh your carpeting and office cubical- we also specialize in odor removal and deodorization! Additionally, SERVPRO is available after hours if services are needed when customers and/or clients are not present. SERVPRO means reliable, certified professionals will show up at your door. Please call SERVPRO of Brickell today for a free quote; we would be very happy to serve you on a reoccurring basis.

Water Spreads Fast and far in Miami Condos

1/10/2021 (Permalink)

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

Most Condos have no water barriers in place in Midtown 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 Wynwood Miami, FL, even though the exterior surface stays dry. 

When a customer calls SERVPRO about leaky pipes that spilled water into their Midtown-Miami Condo, 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 equipment do we use to locate water damaged areas in a property?

When you have SERVPRO cleanup water damage 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 dry out a condo unit?

Our Team knows how to scale everything down to perfectly suit any size condo'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 Wynwood to remove water after leaks and spills. Call (305) 377-2325. We can make everything, "Like it never even happened."

Your SERVPRO Response Process

1/10/2021 (Permalink)

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The Response Steps of SERVPRO West Miami

Storm damage can interrupt your clients' businesses and make it difficult for them to get back on track. When you need fast, professional mitigation services in Midtown-Miami, FL, you can recommend SERVPRO with confidence. Its 24-hour service ensures that no matter when you call, you can depend on quick service. With one call to the corporate hotline, you set in motion a response that's Faster to Any Size Disaster. 

1. Respond Within Under an Hour
When you contact SERVPRO for emergency restoration, you can count on a fast response within an hour of your call. When the responder calls, he or she will gather information to plan how to approach the restoration of your client's building:

  • Location of building
  • Type of damage
  • Extent of damage

Local technicians use this information to gather the appropriate supplies and equipment and to enlist any extra help they may need to address the problem.

2. Arrive Within Four Hours
Disaster doesn't wait for a time that is convenient for your client. That's why it's so important to choose a company that operates on a 24-hour basis. No matter when the damage occurs, the SERVPRO team arrives on-site within four hours of the initial call. The team members assess the damage to your client's building and compile a list of the repairs that need to be made. They can then estimate the overall cost and time it will take to complete them.

3. Brief Within Eight Hours
Because SERVPRO is always open, the restoration team that will complete the work on your client's billing will be ready to brief him or her on what is needed to get it back to normal within eight hours of the initial call. Technicians give building owners an overview of what to expect from the process and answer any questions they may have.
You and your clients can depend on SERVPRO for professional, 24-hour response. Regardless of when the disaster occurs, SERVPRO will be there to help in a timely manner.

Ways To Prevent Mold From Growing in Your Bathroom

1/5/2021 (Permalink)

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Avoid Moisture Problems That Lead To Mold And Mildew

Most homeowners have experienced bathroom mildew. If you have not had a mold problem, you are one of the lucky few. Whether you are dealing with mold and mildew for the first time, have tackled it many times before, or are looking for ways to keep from ever seeing it, there are preventative measures you can take. By following the three tips below, you can be well on your way to avoiding moisture problems that lead to mold and mildew.

1. Maintain Your Swamp Cooler
Since mold can build up inside of a swamp cooler, clean the drip pans, ducts, and other areas on a regular basis. Swamp coolers can release extra moisture into your home, adding to the problems in your bathroom. Running a dehumidifier when the moisture level gets too high can help.

2. Switch To an A/C Unit
Swamp coolers use evaporative moisture to cool down your house. Mold and mildew can easily take hold anywhere there is a humidity problem. If you live in an area that has high humidity most of the summer, you may need to consider switching to an A/C unit. 

3. Keep Your Showers Clean
Once bathroom mildew takes hold, the spores can spread out and attach to other moist places. When cleaning your shower, remember to clean the tiles and the grout between the tiles. If you already have mold in your grout, a cleansing agent, grout scrub brush, and some elbow grease will get rid of it. Once it is gone, regular weekly cleanings should be all that is needed to keep the mold away.
Bathroom mildew is unsightly but can be remedied with some work. If your mold problem in Miami Design District, FL, is more than you can handle by yourself or it has spread to other areas, call a professional mold remediation company to get your home back to its pre-mold condition as quickly as possible.

Necessary Precautions to Prevent the Spread of Mold in Your Commercial Facility

12/29/2020 (Permalink)

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Mold growth on a wall in Midtown-Miami, FL

Precautions To Take While Removing Mold on Your Own

While it is natural to want to protect your business and facility, it is also necessary to know your limits, especially when it comes to mold. Fungal growths, especially significant ones, may require the expertise of remediation specialists in Wynwood, FL. However, if you do choose to remove the infestation on your own, there are a few precautions you should take.

  • Protective clothing and equipment
  • Plastic and garbage bags
  • Ventilation
  • Professionals

Protective Clothing and Equipment

The first thing you need to consider is your safety. While a mold problem may seem minor initially, as you continue to remove the contaminated surface, it is quite possible you will expose a significant infestation. Therefore, you should always wear a protective suit, gloves, goggles and a respirator when working with mold.

Plastic and Garbage Bags

Next, you will need plastic sheeting and garbage bags, the thicker, the better. If the mold is in a specific room, then close the doors, windows, and vents in the affected space. Next, hang plastic sheeting over the doors, windows, and vents in the space to protect them and prevent spores from spreading. As you remove pieces of the mold affected areas, place them into the garbage bags and seal them.

Ventilation

Before you begin removing pieces of the contamination, make sure that ventilation is controlled. You will want to open a window to the outside but restrict airflow and movement inside. Therefore, turn off the HVAC system and, again, close and seal vents.
Professionals
Last, if you have noticed significant mold growth in your facility, then call a professional. Mold removal is a specialized skill that requires training. Do not attempt mold removal unless you are licensed.
While you may want to protect your business, don't risk your safety. Mold can be toxic, which is why hiring a licensed and certified mold remediation professional is typically best.

3 Ways To Deal With a Business Fire

12/18/2020 (Permalink)

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How To Move Forward After A Fire

When your business in Wynwood, FL, suffers fire damage, it can be overwhelming to know how to move forward. Luckily, there are steps you can take to get back to business as soon as possible. These three simple tips can help you be prepared and file a fire claim with all the necessary information.

1. Keep Good Records
When dealing with insurance, things go faster when your records are clear and organized. The best time to prepare for filing a claim is now, before you’ve had a fire. Always have up-to-date insurance and ensure your records are easy to find. Keep proof of business ownership and a ledger of all business expenses in a safe storage place or online.

2. Preserve Everything While Evaluating the Damage
Go through the entire property and take detailed notes about what has been damaged or destroyed. Be comprehensive and evaluate everything. Take pictures of the damage where possible. You may be tempted to clean up, but it’s in your best interests to keep everything as it is at first to help you prove the damage.

3. Call Your Insurance Company Immediately
Contact your insurance agent quickly to start processing your fire claim. The company will want to know exactly what was lost, when the fire happened, where it happened, who (if anyone) was involved or injured, what is the condition of the building, and what repairs you’ve made. The agent may ask for access to the police report if there is one.
This process will not be quick, and it involves a lot of communication. Keep everything and take detailed notes of all conversations you’ve had with the insurance company or anyone involved.
Dealing with a fire is difficult. While quickly submitting a fire claim can help you get reimbursed for the damages, a quality fire restoration service can help repair your property. Be prepared, act quickly, and find a professional to help with the damage.

What To Expect During a Business Fire Restoration

12/18/2020 (Permalink)

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What To Expect During a Business Fire Restoration

After a fire or smoke damage has affected your Miami Design District Miami, FL, business it may be time to contact a local fire damage restoration service. There are a few things you can expect to see during the restoration of the property. Here’s what you may want to know.

1. Damage Assessment

One of the first steps a restoration crew will take is a damage assessment. They will inspect the space to see if any water damage has occurred if there’s any danger of mold growth, how extensive the fire damage is, and if any soot damage is present. Once they know what damage types are where they can begin taking the appropriate steps for restoration.

2. Item Cleaning

A restoration service may also be able to offer item cleaning for any items affected by smoke damage. Different items may require different cleaning solutions, but in most cases, they should be able to be restored. Even electronics and paper files may be salvageable. If you have questions about these items and if restoration is possible for them, talk to the professionals working on the restoration.

3. Property Restoration

Once the damage has been assessed and the items removed from the space, the restoration can begin. The area will be thoroughly dried, and the crew will begin replacing any materials that cannot be cleaned and restored. They may even bring in an ozone machine to help with smoke cleaning. One the cleaning and repairs are finished they can repaint the space so that it looks like the fire never occurred.

A local restoration service may do a few things when restoring your business property from fire or smoke damage. You may see them perform a damage assessment to document where and what types of damage have occurred, clean the various items that may have been harmed by smoke or flame, and take the steps needed to restore the property. Remember, if you have any questions a professional can help.

Creating a Fire Safety Plan For Your Business

12/16/2020 (Permalink)

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Every Midtown-Miami, FL, business should have an emergency contingency plan in case of a fire

Here Are Three Things You Should Remember

Every Midtown-Miami, FL, business should have an emergency contingency plan in case of a fire. When preparing this plan there are a few things you may want to be aware of. 

1. Know What To Include

When creating your business evacuation plan, you should have important phone numbers, exits of the building, locations of safety tools such as fire extinguishers, and a meeting place where everyone can safely gather after evacuation. You may want someone to include information for what to do after a fire, such as the number of a local fire damage restoration service who can help with cleanup and repairs, as well as the number for your insurance company.

2. Share the Information

Once the contingency plan is complete it's a good idea to ensure that all your employees know what the plan contains. Many employers choose to put this information in their employee handbook. It may also help to have the evacuation route posted next to the doors, as well as in the break room. This will allow your employees to check it regularly, stay up-to-date with new information, and ensure they know what to do if a fire occurs.

3. Practice Makes Perfect

It's a good idea to practice your evacuation plan with your employees. This will help everybody learn the best route out of the building, as well as where to meet up after the fire. During this time you may also want to double-check your smoke detectors to ensure that alarms are functioning correctly. This will also help your employees know what each alert sound means.

When preparing your contingency plan for your business, it's important to know what to include. Remember important details such as exits, and gathering place. It's also important to ensure that all of your employees know what's included in this plan as well as how to access the information if they want to stay up-to-date. Remember, it's a good idea to practice your emergency plan regularly so that your employees remember what to do.

3 Reasons To Skip the Home Mold Testing Kit

12/8/2020 (Permalink)

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Skip the home mold testing kit and contact a certified mold removal professional

Why Skip The Mold Testing Kit?

If you’re concerned about the air quality in your home or suspect your house might have a mold problem, the DIY mold testing kits at your local Coral Gables, FL, hardware store might seem like a good place to start. However, these kits are limited in scope and are unlikely to supply the answers you need.

1. “Do I Have Mold?” Is a Trick Question
Before calling the professionals, many homeowners buy home mold kits to answer the question, “does my home contain mold?” That’s a bit of a trick question, however, and the answer will always be “yes.” All homes contain mold spores; it’s the reason bread left on the counter will eventually get moldy. DIY mold kits always yield positive results for the presence of mold.

2. Home Kits Leave the Real Questions Unanswered
The real questions you need to ask about a mold problem are things like:

  • Is the mold in my home harmful?
  • What’s causing it?
  • How can I remove it?
  • How can I keep it from coming back?

Unfortunately, mold testing kits can’t answer any of those questions. You’ll need to have a home inspection by a mold remediation specialist.

3. DIY Kits Yield Questionable Results
Your mold kit may include an option to send your results to a lab for further testing (for an additional fee). Unfortunately, the results of this testing are consistently unreliable. Relevant trade industry organizations and the Environmental Protection Agency have issued statements advising against the use of these kits. Consumer Reports has consistently rated them “Not Recommended.” Courts, insurance companies and medical professionals have rejected the results of home kits due to their lack of credibility.
If you’re concerned about mold because you can see mold spots, or smell a musty smell, your home likely has excessive mold growth. Skip the home mold testing kit and contact a certified mold removal professional to eliminate the problem at its source.

Plumbing Issues in a Commercial Building

12/1/2020 (Permalink)

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A toilet overflow in Midtown-Miami, FL

Plumbing Issues in a Commercial Building

Plumbing issues come in all shapes and sizes, and you never know when they will appear. Toilets, in particular, cause their share of problems. A toilet overflow in Coral Gables, FL, has the potential to result in several issues:

  • Water spilling out onto the flooring
  • Water seeping into wood or tile flooring
  • Water filtering through to the ceiling below
  • Contaminated or black water causing safety issues

A non-working toilet is also an inconvenience to employees and customers. A toilet flood is both an aesthetic issue and a health concern and could require the services of a professional water remediation team.

Health Concerns

A toilet overflow comes with several potential health concerns. Any time there is water damage, the extra moisture creates favorable conditions for mold growth. Some people are especially sensitive to mold, which is both an irritant and an allergen. Standing water should be removed as soon as possible and should be treated by workers trained in mold mitigation techniques. Also, any time time the source of a water leak is from the toilet there is a possible concern with contaminated water. Dirty water could contain harmful bacteria and other substances that should not be touched by untrained workers without access to personal protective equipment such as gloves.

Cleanup Matters

Another issue in a commercial building is when a toilet will not stop flushing. This happens when the flushometer keeps running, resulting in a constant flushing action. The steps to stop a toilet from flushing are complicated enough that you might want to call in a licensed plumber. If a water spills out into the floor, you might need a professional cleanup. Water damage technicians will bring in specialized equipment to remove and extract all water and will dry out the area to ensure the humidity level is back to normal. A fast response helps limit the amount of damage caused by a toilet overflow and prevents mold growth.

We are Cleanup and Bio-hazard Experts

11/17/2020 (Permalink)

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We Are Cleanup and Bio-hazard Experts

Here to Help® and Ready to Respond

About Coronavirus

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to respond to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a new coronavirus that was first detected in China and has now spread internationally. While the virus is termed coronavirus, the sickness that results after infection has been termed COVID-19.

 COVID-19 has now been declared a pandemic, which is a global outbreak of a disease.

Symptoms

Illness from COVID-19 is wide ranging, from mild to severe symptoms and death. According to the CDC, symptom may appear two days to two weeks after exposure:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

It is important to consult your medical provider if you develop any severe or concerning symptoms.

SERVPRO® Expert Level Cleaning Services

SERVPRO franchise professionals are uniquely prepared during this unprecedented time to clean and disinfect your home or business according to the protocols set forth by the CDC. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis. Our professionals are trained to perform a proactive cleanup that involves facility or structure cleaning and disinfection. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of waste.

CDC Recommendations

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Common Areas
  • Elevator Cars
  • Stair Handrails
  • Fitness Equipment
  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Reception Desk
  • Schools/Classrooms
 

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Did you know?

SERVPRO corporate employs its own team of chemists, who formulate and manage the company's line of cleaning products. This is to ensure that the products we use are safe and friendly to the customers we serve in the Miami area. SERVPROXIDE is an EPA-registered (RegNo. 82972-1-93012), stabilized chlorine dioxide-based disinfectant and sanitizer. 

Many jobs we are involves in have contaminated water or sewage, we use this cleaner to eliminate harmful bacteria, viruses, and molds. SERVPROXIDE effectively removes any remaining contaminants from hard surfaces and sanitizes soft surfaces. This product contains a PH level of 8.5-9.5, which means the EPA has awarded SERVPROXIDE the lowest toxicity rating and is safe for everyday use. And the SERVPROXIDE product is a 100% biodegradable surfactant.

TS Eta likely Missing Downtown Miami Area - Prepared for a Wind Event?

11/9/2020 (Permalink)

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TS Eta Likely to Miss Midtown Miami Area - Prepared for a Wind Event?

Tropical Storm Eta is on course to miss Midtown-Miami, FL, however, powerful winds can cause significant damage to buildings and homes. Broken windows, leaks and residential roofs damaged or torn partially or completely off. 

Assessing Your Risks

While buildings are constructed to withstand strong winds, there are still steps that a building owner can do to ensure that your property does not suffer significant damage during a catastrophic wind event.

Downtown Miami including neighborhoods like Wynwood and Midtown Miami may experience high winds from Tropical Storm Eta which can cause damage to your property.

Protect Your Roof

Whether you are in a residential home or a commercial building you should conduct regular roof inspections. Examine the roof for any loose or missing materials or loose perimeter flashing. During a large wind event loose flashing can cause water to seep inside causing a potential interior flood. When inspecting a commercial rooftop make sure there is no loose equipment and all entries and doors are secure.

Inspect Areas Surrounding Building 

Having lawn furniture, pool lounge chairs, planters can all become a wind hazard, so be sure to remove or secure anything that may become a projectile. Remove any loose items, or any other debris before high wind storms. You should consider replacing gravel or rock landscaping with shredded materials. Gravel landscaping materials are a major source of windborne debris and can cause significant damage as they can break unprotected windows.

Create and Test a Disaster Response Plan

Having a response plan in place will ensure that when a wind event occurs, you and your team will be prepared that the property will be protected. While many have a disaster response plan in place, it’s vital to also test the plan. Ensure that all staff is aware and educated about all wind-related procedures. You local SERVPRO of Wynwood can help you with setting up you plan with you own custom Emergency Ready Plan - ERP.

Be Prepared

The main takeaway is to be prepared before any wind event. By following the above tips and taking steps to secure your building, you can make sure that your building will be safe and protected from damage in the event of a catastrophic wind event and potential flood repair efforts.

Cleaning Your Commercial Office Space

11/5/2020 (Permalink)

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You don’t have time to worry about the common wear and tear that gradually soils your office. When grime, odor, and moisture challenges go beyond the scope of your regular janitorial staff, you should call SERVPRO of Brickell for prompt service. Whether it’s removing an odor problem or deep cleaning flooring or carpets, you can rely on us to make your workspace look its very best. SERVPRO of Brickell offer cleaning services ranging from cleaning restaurant hoods to removing biohazard contaminants. We have the specialized training and products to get your property back to business.

Our cleaning services include the following:

Here are several common water problems you office may face

11/2/2020 (Permalink)

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The Most Common Water Problems Your Commercial Office May Face

Over the course of several years, it's not unusual for your company to experience several problems associated with a water leak. These problems can be very large. A broken pipe at the wrong time and place could become a major headache, while a leaky faucet can be taken care of in less than an hour. Some problems happen to company's across the U.S. over and over again. Here are four water problems that your company in Wynwood, FL, might face at some time in the near future.

1. Fire Sprinkler Discharge. A fire sprinkler system on your property can stop a fire quickly and limit fire damage. The water flow from the system will saturate areas of your property with hundreds if not thousands of gallons of water. In many cases, this will require the services of a water mitigation team to come in and remove standing water and dry out surfaces.

2. Broken Pipe. A plumbing line break can spill a large quantity of water into your building, resulting in localized flooding. The source of the water can be either clean water or dirty water. Either way, it needs to be cleaned up as quickly as possible and the source of the leak fixed.

3. Bathroom Issues. With all of its pipes and sinks and toilets, your company restroom is often a place of water leaks. A toilet overflow or a leaky pipe can damage flooring and other structures. A quick water repair is the best way to limit damage.

4. Supply Line Break. This happens in buildings with older plumbing systems. It can be hard to predict when it will happen, but regular maintenance by a plumbing contractor could limit your vulnerability to this problem.
A broken pipe or other plumbing issue can be expensive and cause secondary damage to your building. Watching out for common problems and acting quickly can reduce the severity of each problem.

Storm Damage from Flooding can Affect your Commercial Office

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Types of Damage To Expect After Storm Flooding

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Commercial water damage in Wynwood, FL

Storm Damage That Can Affect Your Business

After a heavy storm in the commercial Midtown-Miami area, FL area, you may find your business has issues due to flooding which can result in water damage, mold growth, and wind damage. Fortunately, a local storm damage restoration service can help. Here’s what you may want to know about these three types of damage and how they can affect your business.

1. Water Damage

One of the first damage types associated with storms comes from water. Standing water can lead to the growth of bacteria and mold which have their own types of problems. It can also seep into the structure and lead to crumbling drywall, cracked tile, soften stone, and warp wood such as that in flooring or support beams. Fortunately, removing the water quickly may help mitigate large scale damage. A pump may be helpful in this process.

2. Mold Damage

Another type of damage comes from mold growth. Mold can grow when an environment is left damp for an extended period of time, often in areas of water damage. It roots into organic materials such as drywall and spreads by sending out spores. Mold colonies can weaken the structure around their growth.

3. Wind Damage

Another type of damage that can be seen after a storm comes from the winds. Most often people think of the damage the wind can do to a roof if there are any loose shingles. However, the wind can also pick up loose debris such as small stones, branches, or items left on the law, and blow them into the structure. Additionally, the wind can tear loose any overhanging branched from nearby trees.

After a storm, you can expect to see water damage, damage from mold growth, and damage caused by high winds. Your local restoration team should be able to assess and repair each of these damage types, and soon have the company property looking “Like it never even happened.”

Hurricane Season isn't over! Stay prepared in October!

10/22/2020 (Permalink)

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We here at SERVPRO of Wynwood want to remind our local businesses and communities, hurricane season is not over until November 30th.

October has been a very active month historically and the most likely month for a hurricane to make landfall in Florida.

With Winter around the corner, we at SERVPRO of Wynwood would like to remind you that we aren’t out of Hurricane season just yet. Since 1950, at least 8 out of 15 hurricanes have made landfall in the state of Florida during October.

Even though we are half-way through October, we strongly urge our fellow businesses and residents to be prepared should a hurricane hit Florida. Below is a list of what you should have in your preparedness kit:

  • Water - one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food - at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Portable Power banks (Portable chargers)
  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Extra batteries
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Baby wipes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Manual can opener for food
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery

Fall Furnace Inspection: 3 Vital Parts To Check

12/9/2019 (Permalink)

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Fall Furnace Inspection

As fall arrives in Wynwood, FL , cooler temperatures and chilly evenings usually arrive with it. As summer fades, your thoughts might turn to household chores such as raking leaves, winterizing your pool and, of course, furnace maintenance. Having a professional fire cleaning service inspect your furnace can give you peace of mind that the unit is running properly. Three vital parts should be checked thoroughly before the furnace is run daily:

Filter 

A clogged furnace filter can lead to nasty odors while the unit is running, poor circulation and an increased risk of a house fire. Ask your cleaning technicians whether you should start the heating season with fresh filters even if the previous ones were not in place for a long period of time. Inquire about which kind of filter would best suit your family’s needs and which can provide you with the most efficient filtration.

Blower Assembly 

A furnace blower assembly can become clogged with dirt and debris. If left unmaintained, your furnace might overheat or break down once you start using it every evening. Ask your smoke cleaning and furnace technicians about the condition of the blower and whether it needs any new parts. The cleaner the assembly, the more efficiently the unit may function.

Motor 

Your furnace’s motor is the heart of the entire heating system. If it is not working properly due to age or improper maintenance, you may find yourself having to replace it. A fire cleaning and restoration company can test the furnace motor, inspect its parts and gauge whether it will have to be replaced by the end of the season. If your furnace seems noisier than usual or you notice uneven heating in your home, a failing motor may be to blame.
When fall arrives in Wynwood, FL, it is a good idea to schedule a furnace inspection with a qualified fire cleaning and remediation service. New filters, a clean blower assembly and a robust motor can keep your unit functioning without worry all winter long.

Eliminating Undesirable Odors From Your Washing Machine

12/6/2019 (Permalink)

A woman covering her nose because her washing machine smells bad Does your washing machine stink? There may be mold growth in the drain.

Laundry can seem endless and frustrating, especially as the piles accumulate. It is particularly irritating when you pull out the clothes only to realize that rather than smelling fresh, they reek of a foul odor. When this happens, grab some supplies and wash the machine to help eradicate the smell. Here are three ways to handle it.

1. Scrub It

Do you see little bits of frays when you open the door? If small pieces of cloth get caught in the tub, they are attracting water and, thus, developing a mold smell. The longer it sits, the worse it gets. Find a typical household sponge and some white vinegar. Pour out an even amount of each into a small plastic bowl. Scour away, removing as much as possible.

2. Cleanse It

Washing machine maintenance includes removing any soap and dirt buildup; therefore, taking some time to eliminate the contamination may help knock out the stench. Go to the cabinet and locate some baking soda and white vinegar. Both agents have the ability kill mold and mildew. Add a half cup of baking soda and an equal amount of water to the detergent container. Then, pour two cups of vinegar into the drum. Finally, run an empty load on hot. After the cycle, it will hopefully be stink-free. If, however, you can't remedy the situation, contact a mold remediation company in Downtown Miami, FL, to evaluate the room, inspecting pipes and walls.

3. Empty It

Life gets busy, and sometimes dirty laundry gets moved to the bottom of the list. You may have thrown clothes in at the beginning of the day, letting them sit and fester for most of the afternoon. In fact, you probably thought it couldn't cause any harm. You'll dry it when you can, right? The reality is, though, that when anything damp sits for a while, it can develop mildew or mold. The longer it stays put, the more likely it is to grow foul. Try and set a goal to remove loads as soon as possible, preventing this from developing.
Washing machine care is important. Make it a routine to sanitize the appliance regularly, preventing undesirable scents.

Electrical Fires

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Fire damage is the last thing you’d expect to happen to your home. Most electrical fires start out in the bedroom. Now, before you can plan the clean up and restoration, you must first determine the extent of the loss. To be able to understand how the fire occurred the source of the fire must be found. One of the most commonly overlooked causes is Faulty Outlets.

Overcrowded electrical outlets can harm the electrical circuit and lead the way for an electrical fire. You’ll see this with outlets that have a power strip, or many cords plugged into it. These should be inspected frequently and unplug anything not being used at the time. Other warnings include: circuit breaker keeps tripping, constant burnt smell, flickering lights, any burnt outlets, or maybe you just have old wiring.

Some of the best ways to avoid an electrical fire is by:

Checking electrical cords and plugs.

Keeping electrical wiring up to date.

Keeping electrical cords away from heat sources and water.

Not running electrical cords under carpet.

Water Loss Types

11/11/2019 (Permalink)

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Water may seem very unlikely to cause damage. Do not be quick to dismiss it just yet. Water in the presence strong winds can be very destructive. It is for this reason that hurricanes and strong rains have claimed lives and destroyed millions worth of property. Water damage can also be as minimalist as broken water pipes that cause molding and rusting. These broken pipes are ranked second from hurricanes in causing water damage.

 There are three types of water damage:

  • Category 1 - This is does not cause any threat to human life. It is from is from broken house appliances and pipes which can flood a house or basement.
  • Category 2 - This is also known "gray water". The water is contaminated and contains chemicals, micro-organisms, nutrients and biological contaminants. This water can cause serious health damage and discomfort when consumed.
  • Category 3 - This is also known as "black water". This water is very unsanitary and contains harmful bacteria, fungi and harmful physical components like sharp tools. The source of this water is sewage, seawater, water rising from water bodies due to heavy rains and ground water.

Classes of water damage:

The several classes of water damage help in evaluating water control options.

  •  Class 1- Water damage is minimal, and the materials do not absorb a lot of water making repairs easy and less costly.
  • Class 2- This class has a fast evaporation rate but other materials like cushions and mattresses may be damaged.
  • Class 3- water has the fastest rate of evaporation here and the damage caused is greater and difficult to repair. The water may come from overhead sources and may soak the walls and furniture.
  • Class 4- This stage requires professional technique and procedures to control. It may damage concrete and hard floors and plaster.

What is Black Mold?

11/6/2019 (Permalink)

Black mold behind skirting board and a small saw on the floor. This mold was found after a water damage.

You may have seen sensational news reports that warn about the dangers of “black mold” or “toxic mold”. These reports can be alarming and confusing so it’s beneficial to get the facts to better understand mold.

Stachybotrys chartarum is the type of mold often called black mold, and it does produce allergens and irritants. However, many other types of mold can also produce allergens and irritants. Treat any mold with caution – stay out of affected areas and don’t touch or disturb the mold.

If you spot any signs of mold, don't be afraid to call the professionals at SERVPRO for a free estimate. Learn more about mold and what to do until help arrives by visiting Mold Damage Tips

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (305) 377-2325

Understanding Why Mold Grows in Your Home

11/6/2019 (Permalink)

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When it comes to most households, black mold is a forbidden word. It's one of the last things anyone wants to see. Worst of all, it seems like no matter how much you wipe, it just keeps coming back. But it doesn’t have to. If you’re wondering why mold keeps growing in your Homestead, FL, home, the answer may be as simple as understanding just what mold is, how it thrives and what you can get rid of to banish it for good.

What Are Molds?

The easiest way to think of molds are as insidious microorganisms that can take up residence just about anywhere. More specifically, molds are types of fungi that spread through little seed-like spores that are floating in the air all around us. Because black molds thrive in moist, warm environments, they replicate most easily in:

  • Attics
  • Bathrooms
  • Crawlspaces

Why Mold Gets Into Homes

Mold loves moist environments and those are perhaps nowhere more concentrated than in the average house. Things like taking a shower, using humidifiers or hanging clothes to dry all produce more of the moisture molds like. Outside your home, storing wet firewood or even excessively watering many plants can create the perfect breeding ground. Once spores land on a moist surface, they start growing.

Getting Rid of It

Whether you can get rid of your mold depends a lot on the depth of the problem. Small areas of mold on solid surfaces can often be removed with a sponge and specialized cleaner. But because black mold can be potentially dangerous to inhale, removing extensive mold should be left to specially trained mold cleanup companies.
Mold is the bane of the homeowner’s existence, but you can fight back. Start by contacting a mold removal specialist to get an idea of the depth of your moisture problem and you’ll soon be on your way to having a mold-free home.

SERVPRO Metro Mover - Moving our Community!

11/4/2019 (Permalink)

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HAVE YOU SEEN IT?

SERVPRO of Wynwood is proud to be serving our local downtown commercial Property Managers, Chief Engineers, HOA Boards and Rental Community Manager and our local City Housing Authority with all their water, fire and mold cleanup and restoration needs!

If you work downtown or use the Miami Metro Mover, keep a sharp eye out for the SERVPRO of Wynwood Flaming Metro Mover Car!

If you have the MDT APP on your phone check all the loops for CAR 59!

Remember their are three loops, the Onmi, Inner and the Brickell Loop and the Flaming SERVPRO Mover rides on all three loops!

HERE IS YOUR CHALLENGE!

Keep a sharp eye out for the SERVPRO METRO MOVER CAR, remember it is CAR 59 on the MDT Mover APP on your phone! Check all three loops for real time location information!

If you spot the SERVPRO METRO MOVER CAR, take a picture of it and its location and comment and like the post on our Facebook page and you will be automatically entered into this months contest to win your very own Apple iPad Air loaded with the SERVPRO ERP APP.

What is the ERP APP? 

Read more about the Emergency READY Profile ERP APP and how it can benefit your properties or facilities in the event of a large water or fire loss!

ERP Ready App

11/1/2019 (Permalink)

Let me ask you a question. If you’re at lunch and your office staff is panicking about a broken pipe, would you be able to direct them how to shut-off the water from under the sink? Whether you’re away for lunch, on vacation, or if it’s afterhours, it would be nice to have access to your building data and emergency contacts directly on your phone 24/7. SERVPRO has developed an app that allows you to organize all that information and have it at your fingertips. Right now, you’re probably wondering why SERVPRO of Wynwood is willing to help you organize all that information on your mobile device for free. Well, SERVPRO is a national sponsor of the American Red Cross’ Ready Rating program, and as apart of our community service, we help local businesses prepare for disasters. Our mobile app is part of our overall preparedness plan, but it’s our way of helping you get started.

Flooding in Nebraska and Iowa

3/18/2019 (Permalink)

A historic flood in Nebraska and Iowa in which the water has risen to six to seven feet, has so far claimed the lives of three people and left two other people missing, who are now presumed dead. This major disaster that has broken the record of the last major flood along the Missouri River back in 2011, has caused the evacuation of over a thousand residents and left over 500 homes ruined. With two states being flooded in record numbers, and hundreds of homes and businesses closed, the local restoration companies will not be able to help. As a part of the Disaster Recovery Team, SERVPRO of Wynwood is going to go ASAP to help the local communities as much as we possibly can.

Is Cleaning Your Air Ducts Necessary?

3/13/2019 (Permalink)

At some point in every homeowner’s life it’s essential to clean your air ducts, as they directly affect the air quality, circulation and even the energy usage in your home. Dirty air ducts can contribute to health issues like respiratory infections or allergies because they can circulate contaminants and air pollutants (such as dander, dust and chemicals) throughout the home throughout the day. While the air ducts being dirty doesn’t mean unhealthy air in your home, it can contribute to health issues to individuals who already have allergies or asthma. Also, the pollutants cause your HVAC system to work harder and shorten its lifespan. When the HVAC system is clean it will waste less energy while running causing the monthly rates cause to go down.

How to Spot Water Damage

3/11/2019 (Permalink)

A house will be one of the biggest investments you will make in your lifetime. That’s why it is crucial to check the home for any kind of water damage before you move in. If left unattended, the water damage could spawn worse problems such as structural damage or maybe even mold. Here are some ways that to tell if your new home has water damage or not:

  1. Check Outside

Common signs of water damage are on the roof in pools of water, cracked or missing shingles.

  1. Look for Rust or Mold

Check your water heater and look for rust/damp spots anywhere on the floor. Mold is in any nook and crannies in your home. Use both sight and smell to find signs of mold.

  1. Check for Stains

Look for any unusual stains that could indicate that there is a leaky pipe or drain inside the wall. Cracks in the wall or soft and swollen areas are signs of trouble.

  1. Look at the Floors

Fir wood and tile floors look for cracked or warped flooring. With carpet look for damp spots, gradual rises, soft spots or the smell of mold and dampness.

Spotting Water Damage

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A house will be one of the biggest investments you will make in your lifetime. That’s why it is crucial to check the home for any kind of water damage before you move in. If left unattended, the water damage could spawn worse problems such as structural damage or maybe even mold. Here are some ways that to tell if your new home has water damage or not:

  1. Check Outside

Common signs of water damage are on the roof in pools of water, cracked or missing shingles.

  1. Look for Rust or Mold

Check your water heater and look for rust/damp spots anywhere on the floor. Mold is in any nook and crannies in your home. Use both sight and smell to find signs of mold.

  1. Check for Stains

Look for any unusual stains that could indicate that there is a leaky pipe or drain inside the wall. Cracks in the wall or soft and swollen areas are signs of trouble.

  1. Look at the Floors

For wood and tile floors look for cracked or warped flooring. With carpet look for damp spots, gradual rises, soft spots or the smell of mold and dampness.

Spring Cleaning Checklist

2/1/2019 (Permalink)

Spring is just around the corner, and while there is some time before spring arrives (March 20th) we are already trying to help your prep for your spring cleaning, because here at SERVPRO we would much rather be ready ahead of time. Spring cleaning will eliminate any unnecessary clutter and will leave your home feeling brand new. You could always give us a call and we’ll be more than happy to help you with your spring cleaning, but we have composed a short checklist to make sure you are ready for your spring cleaning:

  • Clean Room-By-Room
  • Organize and Clear the Clutter
  • Get the Family Involved
  • Tackle the Seasonal Chores
  • Keep Cleaning Products to a Minimum
  • Establish New Cleaning Habits

Have Questions? Call Us Today – (305) 377-2325

Flood Damage Tips

1/28/2019 (Permalink)

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.
  • Keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

Spring Allergy Guide

1/27/2019 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO, we are professionals when it comes to restoration and remediation. What we really care about is helping people. So, we have come up with a quick guide on how to get through this allergy season:

  • Check the pollen count when you wake up.
  • Try not to walk through leaves, they attract moisture that lets mold flourish.
  • Make sure to drive to work with your windows up and the AC on.
  • Wash your hands to clean out any remaining pollen from your hands.
  • Keep your work station uncluttered and clean of any dust.
  • Shower and change clothes as soon as you get home.
  • Don't let the temperature get above 72 degrees overnight; mold grows in warmth.
  • Wash your sheets to remove any lingering pollen.
  • Keep your windows closed overnight.

Cleaning Your Commercial Building

1/23/2019 (Permalink)

You don’t have time to worry about the common wear and tear that gradually soils your office. When grime, odor, and moisture challenges go beyond the scope of your regular janitorial staff, you should call SERVPRO of Wynwood for prompt service. Whether it’s removing an odor problem or deep cleaning flooring or carpets, you can rely on us to make your work-space look its very best. SERVPRO of Wynwood offer cleaning services ranging from cleaning restaurant hoods to removing bio-hazard contaminants. We have the specialized training and products to get your property back to business.

Learn more about our commercial restoration services below:

Preventing Carpet Mold

1/23/2019 (Permalink)

If you’ve recently had a flood or a leak, no matter the size, it is a cause for concern for mold in the carpet. For mold, it doesn’t take much water for it to become harmful and spread, all it needs is a bit of moisture for it to grow. Mold can cause serious health issues such as respiratory problems, allergies, etc. Here are a few tips to prevent carpet mold after a flood or leak.

Act Fast

Act fast by drying it up as quickly as possible. Use fans to speed up the process as this will not only help the carpet dry, but also circulate the air in the room. Be aware that it can take a few days for the fans to dry the water damaged area, be sure to keep them running for 24 hours until the carpet is dry.

Invest in a Dehumidifier

Dehumidifiers are machines that will remove excess moisture in the room. They help make the air feel cooler and helps limit the growth of mold. The machine will help dry out the air and ground helping to speed up the dry time for your carpeted floors

Hire a Water Damage Cleanup Service

Companies that specialize in water damage cleanup can help get rid of the water fast. They have the tools and equipment needed to remove the water and help ensure mold and mildew don’t begin to spread. These services can help your carpets smell fresh again without any trace of the musky water damage odor.

Flood Damage to Your Business

1/22/2019 (Permalink)

Floods can be the cause extensive headaches, even with preparation. They can happen with little to no warning and hit you with the responsibility of a lengthy, expensive restoration process. You could be facing a mountain of repair bills and extended interruption to your business. Another way to view floods, is that it can also be a rebirth. Large-scale damage to your business is an opportunity to rebuild and minimize potential future damage and disruption caused by future floods. If your business has sustained flood damage, do not panic. Think of it as a chance to fortify your business against future flood damage rather than nothing but a misfortune. If your business does get damaged by a flood, there is no need to worry. SERVPRO of Wynwood is here and we will do everything in our power to get your business back up and running in no time.

Water Damage Prevention

1/22/2019 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of Wynwood we are Water Damage specialists, and we compiled a small list on how to prevent water damage from happening often in your home: 

  1. Clean Gutters and Downspouts - Clean your gutters at least twice a year to avoid blockage. Standing water can cause damage to your gutters and roof. Don’t forget to clean downspouts to ensure water can flow through, and secure downspouts so that they point away from the home.
  2. Know your Water Main - Know the location of your water main and shut it off if you leave for an extended amount of time.
  3. Check Appliances Regularly - Check and maintain your appliances regularly for leaks according to manufacturer’s directions.
  4. Investigate Leaks Right Away and Fix Promptly - If you choose to ignore any water damage, or postpone making the necessary repairs, be prepared to experience mold, mildew, dry rot, or even structural damage to your home.
  5. Upgrade Washing Machine Hoses - Old, brittle or leaky washing machine hoses are among the most frequent causes of water loss for homeowners. Replace yours often throughout the year to avoid an expensive damage.
  6. Check Your Water Pressure - If the water pressure to your home is too high, then your pipes and hoses may fail under the high pressure. Buy a water pressure gauge at a local hardware store, attach it to an outside faucet, and turn the faucet to full force. The gauge will give you a reading of the home’s water pressure. Typical homes water systems are designed for pressure of 40 – 70 psi. Anything above 70 psi will put your plumbing at risk.
  7. Monitor Your Water Bill - Sometimes, the only way you know that water is leaking is taking a closer look at your water bill. If your usage jumps significantly from one month to the next, then there is probably a leak somewhere in the home.

Ready 24/7

1/22/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Wynwood is ready to answer the call 24/7

On the call 24/7:

            As an independently owned business ourselves, we understand that business continuity is extremely important and that every hour lost is a customer and revenue lost. And with our highly trained and certified technicians, we can prevent loses such as water damage and mold from being a long-term problem to your business. Being that we are a 24-hour franchise, we have a flexible schedule to work around time strains you may have.

We have the experience and the technology needed to solve any your problems. If your business is damaged by water, fire or any other forces of mother nature, don't hesitate to call SERVPRO of Wynwood.

Hurricane Michael Damage

1/21/2019 (Permalink)

Quite possibly the biggest storm to hit the Florida Panhandle in over a hundred years. "The Big One" called by many people for all of the destruction left in its path. Hurricane Michael hit the coast traveling 14 mph and accelerated to 17 while only losing a little strength while crossing from Florida to southwest Georgia. Not only was it one of the strongest storms to ever hit Florida, it is also the strongest storm to hit Georgia since 1898. With over 70 miles of destruction along U.S. Highway 98 and 34 deaths (24 in Florida, three in North Carolina, one in Georgia, and six in Virginia), 1.3 million homes and businesses lost power. Us at SERVPRO of Wynwood went up two days after the hurricane hit and have been there helping the community as best as we can over the past month.

Mildew Vs Mold

1/21/2019 (Permalink)

The difference in color of Mildew and mold is mildew is white, where mold can be one many color, red, green, blue, orange or black, depending on the species. Mildew usually stays on the surface of the material on which it grows, removing it can be simple if the surface can be scrubbed with a cleaning solution in a well-ventilated area. Mildew can be thought of as annoying and as an indication that there is too much moisture in the area. On the other hand, mold infiltrates surfaces that have been exposed to humidity or water. It is best to allow professionals at SERVPRO of Wynwood to step in and make an assessment. The first step is to identify the source of moisture and address it. Materials like wallpaper and drywall are likely to require replacement. Once the mold growth has been removed, there are products on the market that inhibit regrowth. Keeping a home as dry as possible can prevent mold and mildew growth.

Identifying Mold Growth

1/19/2019 (Permalink)

There are over 100, 000 species of mold which exist in both the outside and indoor environments. For mold damage to occur, organic materials and moisture must be present - that is why they commonly grow on wet ceiling tiles, gypsum wallboard, carpeting, paint, wallpaper, and fabrics. Mold can also grow on dirty and moist surfaces such as ceramic tiles, fiberglass insulation, and concrete. We are going to look at some of the facts that we consider during the remediation of your Miami property.

When our SERVPRO technicians arrive at your Miami property to perform mold damage remediation, we perform an evaluation and determine whether the site is safe to enter. We can also set up barriers using plastic sheeting to separate clean areas from the contaminated areas. To avoid the trip, fall, and slip hazard while at the site, we might provide portable lighting.

To visually identify the mold, we watch out for discoloration on walls, staining, musty odor, and leathery growth on building materials. In most cases, mold grows on hidden areas, so, we check behind the insulation, wallboard, wallpaper, carpet backing, and padding. We can also use moisture meters to measure moisture levels of materials such as wallboard, brick, plaster, carpet, and concrete. It is because mold grows typically on surfaces with moisture accumulation.

SERVPRO of Wynwood is an industry leader in mold remediation and cleanup. Call SERVPRO at (305) 377-2325 when you need professional help from our highly trained and experienced technicians.

Fire Damage Specialists

1/17/2019 (Permalink)

No one ever expects anything bad to happen inside of their home. House fires are something that most people think will never happen. However, accidents do happen, and one day it is possible that you could have a fire inside your home. Many people find themselves in a situation where a minor fire starts in their home. If this ever happens to you, it's a good idea to call SERVPRO's fire damage experts. Some people have small fires start inside their home, and they can quickly put it out. However, even though you may not see any amount of burn damage where the fire first started, it is still wise to call in SERVPRO to inspect the damage. Many times, a fire causes damage that is not in the exact area of the source of the fire. When a fire burns, it creates smoke that spreads to all areas of your home. A fire sometimes embeds an unpleasant burn smell into contents inside your home. Any of issues, if not treated correctly, might result in permanent damage to your home.  When you call in the professionals, it is now up to them to figure out every area fire or smoke damage may have affected.  Our staff is highly skilled at diagnosing every unique situation.  Our experienced team knows how to find things that get ruined in the most unexpected places and use the best equipment available in the industry to remove any damage caused by a fire. It is always a devastating experience when a fire starts inside your home.  Let our team take some stress out of the situation for you and call SERVPRO of Wynwood at (305) 377-2325 24/7.

Before the Professionals Arrive

1/17/2019 (Permalink)

While it's best to have a qualified fire restoration company like SERVPRO of Wynwood handle the smoke damage restoration, there are some small tasks you can do to help minimize the initial damage before the professionals come in to do the major cleanup. Remember that safety comes first, so if there’s no way to safely gain access into your home, then stay out until the SERVPRO arrives. If it is possible to enter your house, make sure you’re wearing gloves, long sleeves/pants, and proper respiratory protection, because exposure to soot can cause respiratory problems and other medical issues.

Ventilation - Open all the windows and air out the house as much (and as often) as possible. SERVPRO will use industrial-strength fans and other air-moving equipment to help reduce the smoke damage your home has been subjected to, but in the meantime, proper ventilation is key to helping remove the polluted air.

Cleaning - Scrub all surfaces inside and out with soap and water.

Laundry - Delicate fabrics will need to be professionally dry cleaned by someone who is familiar with articles that have smoke damage. Only use washers and dryers that haven’t been exposed to smoke or experienced significant fire damage

Different Types of Mold

1/14/2019 (Permalink)

There are three different classes of mold. Mold found in homes can be broken down into different classes based on their level of health risks.

Hazard Class A - Class A molds are classified as the most hazardous types. These molds can directly impact health. It is critical to remove this type of mold from the home immediately in order to eliminate the dangers it brings up.

Hazard Class B – Class B is less hazardous than Class A molds but, can still affect people's health. This group can cause allergic reactions, especially with prolonged exposure.

Hazard Class C - The types of mold in this group are not known for causing health risks but it can cause structural damage to your home if left untouched.

If mold is present in your home, then it is important to have it removed as soon as possible to eliminate any possible health risks and further damages. The professionals at SERVPRO of Wynwood will be able to efficiently remove the mold infestation from the property.

Places Mold Grows

1/14/2019 (Permalink)

Did you know that when a home suffers any type of water damage, mold can arise within 48-72 hours throughout the home?  Removing all mold in a home is impossible as they are microscopic spores living both inside and outside. Unfortunately, mold spores produce a variety of irritants and allergens, making them potential health problems. As such, removing as much mold as possible is important for any homeowner, particularly for South Florida homeowners.

The following are some of the most common places for home mold growth:

  1. Bathrooms and showers
  2. HVAC system drain pans
  3. Underneath kitchen sinks
  4. Areas surrounding refrigerators
  5. Carpets
  6. Crawlspaces
  7. Ceiling tiles
  8. Surrounding air conditioning units
  9. Stacks of paper/newspapers/cardboard boxes/etc. that are dampened or wet
  10. Areas surrounding any kind of cooling or heating appliances

What Not to do After a Storm

1/13/2019 (Permalink)

With hurricanes it is hard to be certain which path they will take. Even with Florida weather meteorologists coming close to predicting the path, the hurricane can quickly shift or turn at the drop of a dime. Because of the amount of uncertainty hurricanes bring, here are 5 things not do to when riding out a hurricane.

  1. Don’t tape windows - it does almost no good and it is a mess to try and take off.
  2. Don’t run generators indoors - the carbon monoxide the generators emit can become deadly within minutes. Also, you shouldn’t connect a generator into your home’s electric system directly, because it can affect electric lines outside and endanger your neighbors, emergency responders, and /or utility workers.
  3. Don’t use charcoal or gas grills indoors - the carbon monoxide and fire risks are high. The grill’s carbon monoxide can easily build up and poison anyone inside the house, including your pets.
  4. Don’t walk or drive in flood waters - the waters can contain snakes, alligators, downed power lines and sewage, which can all be dangerous and deadly. If you drive a vehicle in flood waters that are six inches or more, the waters can cause a car to float.
  5. Don’t stay after an evacuation order is given - rescuers might not come out in the height of the storm, but if they do you are putting your life and their lives in danger. Your life is not worth the same amount as your home or anything in it. A home can be replaced, your life can not.

Places Mold Grows

1/13/2019 (Permalink)

Did you know that when a home suffers any type of water damage, mold can arise within 48-72 hours throughout the home?  Removing all mold in a home is impossible as they are microscopic spores living both inside and outside. Unfortunately, mold spores produce a variety of irritants and allergens, making them potential health problems. As such, removing as much mold as possible is important for any homeowner, particularly for South Florida homeowners.

The following are some of the most common places for home mold growth:

  1. Bathrooms and showers
  2. HVAC system drain pans
  3. Underneath kitchen sinks
  4. Areas surrounding refrigerators
  5. Carpets
  6. Crawlspaces
  7. Ceiling tiles
  8. Surrounding air conditioning units
  9. Stacks of paper/newspapers/cardboard boxes/etc. that are dampened or wet
  10. Areas surrounding any kind of cooling or heating appliances

What to Do After Sewage Backup?

1/8/2019 (Permalink)

A sewage backup is one of the most unpleasant incidents that can occur inside of a home; it can cause property damage and health problems. Also, it is extremely difficult to deal with. Cleaning up sewer backup requires a lot of time and effort, as well as specialized disinfecting products and purification techniques. Raw sewage cleanup is especially risky as it not only causes a lot of hassle and inconveniences, but also presents a variety of health hazards (sewage spills contain contaminants that can cause serious diseases) and sanitation issues. Professional help is your best option in these situations, but you can do a few things to limit the extent of the damage before the experts arrive.

There are important measures to take after a sewage backup in order to prevent the damage from spreading:

  • Keep children and pets away from the affected area
  • Wear protective equipment – i.e. rubber gloves, rubber boots, impervious coveralls, protective eye wear, and a face-mask
  • Switch off the electrical power to your home.
  • Turn off any running water
  • Open doors and windows to allow fresh air inside
  • Take any un-contaminated items away from the affected area
  • Add small amounts of chlorine bleach to standing water to ensure some disinfection
  • Notify your insurance company that there has been a sewage spill in your home
  • Call a professional water damage restoration company. The quick and efficient intervention of the experienced technicians will save you a lot of time and effort and will provide the most appropriate, safest, and cost-effective solution to the problem. Besides, most sewage cleanup companies offer not only water extraction, but also quality repair works, odor removal, and content cleanup, so you will have all the aspects of the restoration process taken care of when using professional sewage cleanup services.

Different Types of Mold

1/8/2019 (Permalink)

There are three different classes of mold. Mold found in homes can be broken down into different classes based on their level of health risks.

Hazard Class A - Class A molds are classified as the most hazardous types. These molds can directly impact health. It is critical to remove this type of mold from the home immediately in order to eliminate the dangers it brings up.

Hazard Class B – Class B is less hazardous than Class A molds but, can still affect people's health. This group can cause allergic reactions, especially with prolonged exposure.

Hazard Class C - The types of mold in this group are not known for causing health risks but it can cause structural damage to your home if left untouched.

If mold is present in your home, then it is important to have it removed as soon as possible to eliminate any possible health risks and further damages. The professionals at SERVPRO of Wynwood will be able to efficiently remove the mold infestation from the property.

Generator Safety

1/8/2019 (Permalink)

If you own a generator for power outages during severe weather storms, follow the safety tips below from the American Red Cross:

Never use a generator, grill, stove, or any other gasoline, propane, natural gas, or charcoal-burning devices inside a home, garage, basement, crawl space, or any partially enclosed area.

To avoid electrocution, keep the generator dry and do not use in rain or wet conditions. Do not touch the generator with wet hands.

Opening doors or windows and using fans will not prevent carbon monoxide (CO) buildup in the home. Although CO can’t be seen or smelled, it can rapidly lead to full incapacitation and death.

Even if you cannot smell exhaust fumes, you may still be exposed to CO. If you start to feel sick, dizzy, or weak while using a generator, get to fresh air immediately.

Install CO alarms in central locations on every level of your home or property and outside sleeping areas to provide early warning of accumulating carbon monoxide.

Deodorization

1/8/2019 (Permalink)

Even small fires can cause odors that last for years to come if the affected areas are not properly cleaned and deodorized. Fire, smoke, and soot damage in your home or business can create an unpleasant and potentially permanent problems. As materials burn, the smoke produced travels throughout the structure, leaving odorous residues and deposits on surfaces and in hard-to-reach places. If professional action is not taken, these residues and deposits can cause serious damage to contents and may result in resurfacing odors. With technicians certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC), SERVPRO of Wynwood provides specialized services that can rid your home or business of offensive odors left by fire or smoke damage. SERVPRO of Wynwood does not cover up lingering odors with a fragrance; we seek out and remove the sources of the odor. If you suffer fire damage or some other accident and require deodorization services, contact your local SERVPRO of Wynwood. Whether it’s fire, water, mold damage, or just a stubborn odor that refuses to go away, we’ll help make it “Like it never even happened.”

When a Mop Isn't Enough

1/7/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Wynwood is trained to safely clean and restore your customer's home, utilizing the following procedures: 

  • Identify the Source/Type of Water
  • Measure Temperature and Humidity for Drying Analysis
  • Survey the Extent of Damage and Inspect the Premises
  • Perform Emergency Water Extraction
  • Move and Block Furniture
  • Provide Floor Service
  • Inspect Carpet Pad/Carpet and Provide Service
  • Apply Necessary Treatments
  • Utilize Drying Equipment and Monitor Drying
  • Dispose of Refuse

About SERVPRO of Wynwood

SERVPRO of Wynwood specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

For help restoring your home or business after a water loss, call SERVPRO of Wynwood at (305) 377-2325. We’ll make it “Like it never even happened.”

Why SERVPRO is the Best for Commercial Cleaning and Commercial Damage Remediation?

1/7/2019 (Permalink)

Did you know SERVPRO is not just for disasters such as floods, water damage, or fires in your home? We also help Commercial Businesses! SERVPRO employees are certified to clean and sanitize: Upholstery, Carpeting, Flooring, and other hard surfaces. SERVPRO is even certified to remove biohazard contaminants such as blood, urine, feces, and other things no one else wants to clean. Refresh your carpeting and office cubical- we also specialize in odor removal and deodorization! Additionally, SERVPRO is available after hours if services are needed when customers and/or clients are not present. SERVPRO means reliable, certified professionals will show up at your door. Please call SERVPRO of Wynwood today for a free quote; we would be very happy to serve you on a reoccurring basis.

Hurricane Kit

1/3/2019 (Permalink)

Here is a basic list of items you should have in your Hurricane Preparedness Kit for when you need a bit of help surviving.

  • An evacuation route plan.
  • A first aid kit
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Drinking water
  • Blankets
  • Canned foods & can opener
  • Cash
  • Propane stove & propane
  • Candles
  • A whistle
  • Cell phone chargers

To find out more about what exactly should be in your list as well as a more detailed plan to building the kit and designing your protocols visit https://www.ready.gov/kit

If you or someone you know does need help putting your home back together after a disaster call SERVPRO of Wynwood. We have the knowledge and manpower to do the job right the first time. Reach us at 305-377-2325

Firework Safety

1/3/2019 (Permalink)

With the Holidays just having finished and July 4th coming up. We thought now would be the best time to drop some knowledge. Fireworks can bring several dangers if mishandled incorrectly. Some of those dangers include severe injuries or death and fires. The possibility of starting a fire is especially high when in a drought year.

There are several ways to prevent injury and fires when using fireworks.

  • Follow any and all local laws, rules, or regulations regarding fireworks.
  • Keep a hose and a metal bucket full of water near the site where you are shooting off fireworks.
  • When the fireworks are done going off, dispose of them in the metal bucket of water and leave them over night.
  • Keep the metal bucket of water away from any structures or vehicles in an area where it won’t be blown over by the wind.
  • Fireworks should only be shot off under direct adult supervision. Children should never be given fireworks.
  • Do not light fireworks while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • Light one firework off at a time and quickly get out of the way before it goes off.
  • Never light fireworks indoors or in a garage or near buildings or vehicles.
  • Do not experiment with homemade fireworks.

People are not the only ones that fireworks affect. Pets have very sensitive hearing so keep them indoors during any and all fireworks shows. This will keep them from getting hurt in their confusion and fear.

How Often Should You Clean Your Carpet?

1/3/2019 (Permalink)

While every home is different, most homes should have the carpet cleaned a minimum of once a year. We usually recommend every 6 months though. This will help keep your carpets in great condition, especially if you have children, pets or heavy traffic. The amount of traffic your carpet receives will determine how often vacuuming is necessary. Vacuuming a few times per week reduces the dirt that is likely to end up in the roots of your carpet. Spot cleaning is also an essential part of keeping your floors clean. Having your carpets cleaned can help eliminate microorganisms that come from things like dust mites, food particles, soil, pollen and bacteria, improving the indoor air quality of your home and adding to the life of your carpets, helping you have a healthier home.

Service Response for a Water Damage

1/3/2019 (Permalink)

When there is a water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking water line. We are water damage specialists who get started promptly to get your property dry and back. Our staff is highly trained in property water damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property after a water damage. With a nationwide system of qualified franchises, no water damage is too large or too small for SERVPRO of Wynwood. We are proud to serve our local surrounding communities upon request. If you would like to schedule service for your home or business, we are here to serve you 24/7, please call today 305-377-2325

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