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Which Fire Extinguisher Is Best to Prevent Fire Damage in Kaneohe Homes?

9/18/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Which Fire Extinguisher Is Best to Prevent Fire Damage in Kaneohe Homes? SERVPRO recommends keeping more than one type of fire extinguisher in your home to stop house fires.

A Look at Fire Extinguishers for Your Home

Keeping a fire extinguisher at home is a sensible precaution for all Kaneohe householders, which might prevent a fire from getting out of control. Fire damage is a risk for any household, and although it is necessary to be very careful with fire, taking precautionary steps such as having an extinguisher in the house can make a difference to how much fire damage occurs in the event of a blaze.

Which fire extinguisher is best to prevent fire damage to your Kaneohe home? SERVPRO understands that the range of fire extinguishers on the market can be confusing. There is no “one size fits all” fire extinguisher – each model is unique to a particular type of fire. Let us take a look at the various fire extinguishers available for your home.

Dry powder is one of the most broad-spectrum extinguisher products, as it can be used on flammable liquid or gas, wood, cloth, and electrical fires. However, dry powder is not suitable for grease fires in the kitchen. Dry powder extinguishers are best for living rooms and dens.

Wet chemical extinguishers are suitable for use on kitchen grease fires, but they are not safe to use on electrical fires, or flammable gas or liquids. Wet chemical extinguishers are useful in the kitchen.

CO2 extinguishers work on flammable liquids or electrical fires, but cannot be used on soft materials such as drapes or sofas, and are also not suitable for fighting cooking fat fires. CO2 extinguishers are handy to have in an office or where there are power tools and flammable liquid, such as in the garage.

Foam extinguishers are suitable for wood, flammable liquids, and spirits, but are not effective against kitchen or electrical blazes. Foam extinguishers are most useful in the garage or workshop.

Fire blankets are useful for extinguishing small fires before they get out of control, and are particularly useful for swift control of a small kitchen fire.

SERVPRO recommends having more than one type of fire extinguisher in the home. It is not possible to stop every home fire. In circumstances where fire damage occurs, our IICRC-certified technicians are on hand to clean up smoke and soot residue, restore your home, and carry out deodorization, so it feels “Like it never even happened.”

For help with fire cleanup in Laie, Kailua, Kahuku, Kokokahi and surrounding areas, call SERVPRO of Kailua North / Laie at (808) 235-5015 today.

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How To Create A Fire Damage Prevention Plan For Your Kailua Office

9/12/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial How To Create A Fire Damage Prevention Plan For Your Kailua Office Emergency READY Profile Plan ERP Helps Protect Your Kailua Business

A SERVPRO Consultation and the Mobile ERP App Keeps You Prepared

Fire damage is a real risk for any office building. Whether your office is a government agency, insurance company, bookseller, accountancy firm or anything else, fire safety awareness is important. The ferocious wildfire in Mokuleia earlier this year served as a reminder of the power and destructiveness of fire. SERVPRO recommends that every business in Kailua puts a fire prevention plan in place.
 
A fire damage prevention plan means that you think ahead and take steps to prevent a blaze in your Kailua office. Having a plan in place also means that should the worst happen and a fire breaks out, your staff knows what to do.
 
Here are some vital points your plan must cover.
 
Evacuation routes and assembly points. Do not forget to allow for employees with disabilities or mobility problems.
 
Emergency contacts and lists of actions to take. Post these around the office so everyone can see them.
 
Preventative measures to help stop fire damage from happening in the first place. These might include regular wiring checks, careful storage of flammable materials, and unplugging appliances when not in use.
 
Regular checks on fire alarms and sprinklers to be sure they are ready should disaster strike.
 
The importance of keeping fire lanes and escape routes clear, and fire doors shut. Make sure all your employees know this basic information.
 
The location and use of fire extinguishers. Make sure your employees know where to find fire extinguishers or blankets, and how and when to use them safely.
 
When your fire damage prevention plan is in place, distribute it to all employees. Hold a meeting and some training to get them up to speed and make sure they have all the knowledge they need.

Remember to add SERVPRO’s phone number to your list of emergency contacts. In the event of a fire, our IICRC-certified technicians are on hand to provide a professional and thorough cleanup. We carry out every step from initial assessment to post-cleaning odor removal, so your office is ready for use as soon as possible.
 
We also have a handy app that makes creating your fire damage prevention plan much easier. The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Plan app helps you assess your office and provides you with an accessible profile document and a guide for helping you get back into business after a fire.
 
An Emergency READY Profile Plan also establishes the chain of command for authorizing fire restoration and ensures your local SERVPRO franchise is your local emergency contact for fire cleanup. You can get started today by visiting SERVPRO.com/ready.
 
SERVPRO of Kailua North / Laie is on hand to assist with fire cleanup in Kahaluu, Hauula, Kokokahi and the surrounding areas. Call us today at (808) 235-5015.

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Storm Surge Flood Damage to Kaneohe During Tropical Systems

9/10/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Surge Flood Damage to Kaneohe During Tropical Systems Flooding after a storm can overwhelm your entire area. Contact SERVPRO to help remediate the damage after a flood.

SERVPRO Trucks and Technicians are Ready to Remediate Your Flooded Property

The storm surge created by a tropical storm combines with pounding waves to flood dwellings in Kaneohe. A storm surge raises the ocean’s level beyond that expected by normal tides due to changes in atmospheric pressure and high winds. Professional flood damage restoration post-storm is highly recommended to transform the devastation caused by these natural forces back to preloss condition.
 
During the period from midsummer through December, residents prepare for the possibility of flood damage in Kaneohe due to severe storms and even hurricane activity. High winds, torrential rains, and storm surge cause rain and salt water to flood into the crawl spaces and lower levels of homes. We count as our core mission helping our community recover from the effects of these violent storms, using highly trained water removal and damage remediation technicians and powerful, professional grade restoration equipment.
 
SERVPRO poises for a speedy response when flood damage threatens your home. Immediately after your first call to our office staff, we schedule an appointment to assess the damage to your premises and to devise an appropriate plan to remove the flood waters and dry out your house and possessions. Have no fear that power outages affect our ability to start on your job. We feature truck mounted pumps and extractors to begin removing standing water as soon as our experienced project managers give the signal.
 
After the majority of water exits your property via our efficient equipment, SERVPRO technicians begin measuring moisture content and establishing drying goals specifically for your structure and its contents. High-efficiency air movers and dehumidifiers rapidly reduce the moisture content of walls, floors, ceilings, and other structural components. Periodically our workers reassess the moisture levels to ensure drying is progressing as expected. Building materials that deteriorated because of the saturation or the force of the flooding are removed and replaced, but our focus is on restoration over demolition as far as is practical.
 
We work with your insurance carrier throughout the restoration process, including advocating for specialized freeze drying treatments if you have documents or pictures damaged by the water. SERVPRO follows a precise inventory protocol if we move boxes, clothing, and other items from the flood damaged areas of your home. Typically we find a protected area within your property to store your belongings as we help you review what contents can be restored and what may need to be discarded.
 
SERVPRO of Kailua North / Laie has the tools and the personnel to assist when storm activity results in flood damage. Call us at (808) 235-5015 as soon as possible so we can get started on a successful restoration plan and process.

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Your Mold Damage Partner in Kailua

8/27/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Your Mold Damage Partner in Kailua Laundry issues such as a leak or a clogged dryer vent can contribute to mold damage in your home. Call SERVPRO to investigate the damage today.

SERVPRO Technicians Remediate Mold Damage in Your Home and Help Prevent a Recurrence

Hawaii has a climate that features daily rains and high humidity in most areas, and our community is no exception. The amount of moisture possible in your home can be significant at any given time, meaning you need to be vigilant and check for microbial growth. Our teams of fully trained mold remediation specialists are always available if the microbes seem to have the upper hand.
 
You have all the safeguards in place to limit mold damage in your Kailua home. Your bathrooms have operating exhaust fans tripped by the rooms’ light switches. The kitchen also features, and you use, a properly sized and vented hood fan over your cooking area. Air conditioning runs as recommended to not only cool the air but also to remove as much moisture as possible. The drains and condenser coils are clean. If despite all, your efforts fail and you notice mold growth in your laundry room, we can help abate the current mold outbreak and assist you in troubleshooting the reason for the mold damage.
 
SERVPRO mold remediation follows the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) protocol. First, we contain the mold, including using negative pressure air scrubbers while we work, venting potentially contaminated air outside. Then we remove the mold colony and any porous materials it infiltrates, and dispose of it according to hazardous waste rules. We finish the cleanup by using professional antimicrobials to destroy this outbreak.
 
The last, but arguably most important, step our technicians take is to find the moisture that fueled this most recent mold problem. The average air humidity in Kailua is always over 60 percent, edging into “danger zone” that encourages mold spores to blossom into colonies. You plan for this with indoor technology that reduces ambient moisture in your home to between 30 and 50 percent. Since you take this care, the mold that does grow is likely feeding off another moisture source. SERVPRO crew members seek and discover unexpected sources of moisture you overlook to get things back into balance.
 
SERVPRO’s inspection reveals a clogged clothes dryer vent, incompletely sending damp air outside of the home when the dryer operates. That moist air supported mold growth. We clean out the vent and recommend consistent removal of lint from the dryer’s filter as another way to reduce moisture in the laundry room. This practical response combined with your other best practices gives your home the best chance to remain mold-free into the future.
 
Mold damage restoration is a specialty of SERVPRO of Kailua North / Laie. Call us at (808) 235-5015 to discuss this common problem in our humid climate. We have solutions to keep the mold under control.

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What to Do When a Small Appliance Results in Fire Damage to Your Kailua Bathroom

8/21/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What to Do When a Small Appliance Results in Fire Damage to Your Kailua Bathroom Fire Damage to Your Kailua Paradise? Call SERVPRO

SERVPRO Cleanup and Restoration Post Fire & Smoke Events

Localized fires in Kailua can be caused by any sized appliance and can occur in any room in your home. Small appliances that receive daily use easily become fire-starters simply because of the normal wear and tear they suffer.
 
Residents who go about their daily routines in the morning expect things to be the same when they return home as when they left in the morning, but Kailua fire damage can change that quickly. Heating elements from dryers and other hair appliances are not the sole reasons behind bathroom fires. Any appliance can develop a frayed cord. When they do, these bathroom items can become deadly shock-hazards. Sparking and subsequent ignition of nearby materials when a cord remains plugged in, even with the switch turned to the 'off' position, is another possibility that can leave any family devastated.
 
Prevention is said to be easier than repairing and restoring fire damage, but even the most diligent people still experience this kind of catastrophe. Knowing that SERVPRO has the technicians with proper training, certification, and experience in all sizes of restoration gives you the reassurance needed when disaster strikes you and your family. When a fire happens in a small room, the blaze might remain there, but this occurs in few cases. In most situations, fire spreads quickly, especially when the home is unoccupied. Regardless of how large, or small, a fire is, smoke spreads into every open area in a home, leaving behind a horrible scent that can last indefinitely.
 
We are skilled in all phases of fire damage restoration, including extracting all water and other fire extinguishing foams, ensuring the safety of your home's structure. Removal, and restoration of all burnt materials, refinishing and repainting of walls and ceilings, deodorization, and much more come with our services. When we finish, your family can return to a home that looks and feels “Like it never even happened.”
 
We recognize that your house or bungalow is of vital importance to your family, and we work hard each time to ensure we work both quickly and thoroughly to restore your property to livable standards. Our customer's questions are given timely and correct answers because we know that this is already a stressful time for any family. We want to relieve as much of the stress accompanying the other major inconveniences created by fire damage.
 
Call us, SERVPRO of Kailua North / Laie, at (808) 235-5015, whenever you have fire damage or any other situation that prevents you from enjoying your home in Kailua, Kaneohe, or Laie.

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Professional Response Solves Kailua Water Damage Problems

8/10/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Professional Response Solves Kailua Water Damage Problems Keep the Water Where It Belongs, Not in Your Kailua Bungalow--Call SERVPRO

Water Leaks? Prevent Damage by Calling SERVPRO in the Kailua Area

Appliance malfunctions are one of the most common reasons water damage affects today’s homes. A slight breach in the gasket on a washer or a small leak in the pipes leading to an automatic ice maker can slowly damage the walls or the floors of your Kailua home in hidden areas. SERVPRO technicians receive training to locate and restore the many paths water takes to intrude and damage structures of your home.
 
A modern kitchen makes water work in many ways. Clean dishes and quantities of ice keep your household going strong, water lines snaking under cabinets to make these things happen. Leaking in one or more of these lines saturates your kitchen fixtures, causing water damage in your Kailua home. You notice an uptick in your water bill and occasional puddles on the floor. Looking under the sink or you see a damp cabinet bottom. Mopping it up does not cure the problem. Contacting a professional is the wise thing to do. We find the source and make sure to abate both leak and damage.
 
When SERVPRO IICRC certified technicians arrive, expect questions about where you notice water or dampness. We take it from there, using moisture measuring devices to give us a baseline from which we determined drying goals. A technician may remove the kick plates between the bottom of your cabinets and the floor to check for obvious leaks and any standing water contained underneath. Our crew locates the leak and arranges for repair and then gets to work on the damage done by the water.
 
Slow leaks can equal major damage as wood swells and weakens. We evaluate the condition of your cabinets to see if drying alone is an option or if some pieces of wood need to be removed and replaced. The floor under the cabinets also receives an inspection, including the subflooring. Tile floor handles water well unless there are cracks in the joints or grout. An examination of the subfloor may be necessary, viewed from a lower level or crawlspace. As we work through the areas saturated we look for mold growth, which is common when water leaks over time. If found, we add mold remediation to the agenda; our technicians are trained in the EPA mold abatement protocols.
 
SERVPRO crews extract any visible water and set up air movers and dehumidifiers to reduce moisture in the air and fixtures. We recommend you run your AC units as well to lower humidity. The team monitors moisture levels, and we remove our equipment only when the proper levels are attained.
 
If your suspicion that a water leak exists somewhere in your kitchen needs confirmation give us a call at (808) 235-5015. An experienced water damage crew from SERVPRO of Kailua North / Laie makes certain the leak is found and fixed and the damage restored to preserve your home and your investment.

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Kailua North/Laie 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

12/29/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Kailua North/Laie 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service SERVPRO of Kailua North/Laie provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Kailua North/Laie

SERVPRO of Kailua North/Laie is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today – (808)235-5015

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Kailua North/Laie has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Kailua North/ Laie

SERVPRO of Kailua North/Laie 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

Faster to your Oahu Water Damage Event

12/29/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Faster to your Oahu Water Damage Event SERVPRO of Kailua North/ Laie provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Kailua/ Laie

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Kailua North/ Laie 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 is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Kailua North/ Laie 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 Kailua North/ Laie

SERVPRO of Kailua North/ Laie 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.

Water Main Burst in Waipahu Retail Store

10/27/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Main Burst in Waipahu Retail Store Muddy Shoe Store

Employees at this Waipahu retail store got more than they bargained for when they arrived to work Monday morning. A water main out side the store burst, flooding the store with muddy, contaminated water.

SERVPRO of Kailua North/Laie responded immediately and was able to get the back up and running in no time! to get the store 

Devastated by Fire

10/22/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Devastated by Fire Devastating House Fire

When fire takes over your life SERVPRO of Kailua North/ Laie will help you take it back. This home suffered a kitchen fire from a burner thats was left on on the stove top.

SERVPRO of Kailua North/ Laie understands that after a fire your life can be in shambles. We take ever measure to restore your home as soon as possible so that you can have your life back.