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Defending Your Kailua Home from Fire Damages

11/7/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Defending Your Kailua Home from Fire Damages Enjoy the Beach While SERVPRO Cleans Up Your Kailua Home

Prevention Is a Wise Proactive Effort for Potential Fire Damage to Your Kailua Property

Your home is an essential possession in your life. It is the one place that your family universally treasures, and a place where so many of your favorite memories are made. Unfortunately, structure fires and smaller damaging blazes can upend your cherished homestead very quickly. It is best to keep an active defense against potential fires, and if you do, fire damages to your Kailua home might not end up being so severe.

So, how do you prepare for fire damages to your Kailua home? You start by giving yourself the tools to put out fires as they may occur, long before we here at SERVPRO ever have to get involved. All across the Islands, many homes are ill-prepared for an unexpected fire. There are no precautionary items (fire extinguishers, smoke alarms, or sprinkler systems) in place to help quell a fire just as it begins.
 
While it is not uncommon for homes to have smoke detectors, you should regularly check these devices to ensure that they are working correctly. Not only is this going to give you an opportunity to escape your home safely should the fire be too much to attempt to snuff out on your own, but it might also give you a quick jump on the problem to put the fire out with an extinguisher.
 
It should be noted that calling in the fire marshall to assess that the fire is truly out, and your structure is safe for reentry is common sense. Once you have the all clear, give SERVPRO a call and let us help you assess the fire damages. Our team is well versed in fire restoration projects and can give you a step by step plan to repair the damages including eliminating any persistent odors.
 
While no one wants to have to deal with fire, SERVPRO of Kailua North / Laie can quickly assess the damage and help you to get things back to normal quickly.  (808) 235-5015.

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Areas that Are More Susceptible to Water Damage in a Typical Kahaluu Home

11/1/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Inspects Hot Spots for Water Leakage to Help Prevent Water Damaging Events

Water damage in a typical Kahaluu home does not affect all the areas equally. Some areas are more susceptible to this risk than others. With this being the case, it is important for every homeowner in the area to be familiar with some of the potentially hardest hit areas. It is only in this way that appropriate mitigation strategies can be adopted.

The years and years of SERVPRO’s operation in the field of combating water damage in Kahaluu makes it qualified to offer homeowners information on this issue. Our accumulated work experience and acquired expertise make us a viable partner to restore water damaged homes. For a start, areas beneath the sinks are perhaps the most vulnerable. This is for the sheer reason that sinks handle the lion’s share of all the water that flows in a typical home. Negligence is also a key factor. This is mainly because users of kitchen faucets have time and again failed to close them tightly after use. Bathrooms come in second, as SERVPRO has consistently noted. These two facilities handle quite a large quantity of water, second only to the sinks and kitchens.

They also contain pipes, faucets, and drainage channels that are prone to leaks and damages. Areas underneath water heaters and roof gutters are the third worst affected. SERVPRO technicians often restore these water damaged areas during a service. When unable to contain the excess water, damage is the result. In times of excess precipitation, the basements are often badly hit. Their location below the ground level greatly hampers their drainage.
 
As such, they can flood or contain excess levels of moisture. They also suffer other negative consequences of excess accumulation of water. Identifying hot spots can help prevent, mitigate, and reduce costs and efforts for water damage restoration. Rely on SERVPRO of Kailua North / Laie to restore your property to its preloss condition. Call us 24/7 at (808) 235-5015 for a prompt response.

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When Commercial Fire Damage Keeps Your Entertainment Venue Closed

10/18/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial When Commercial Fire Damage Keeps Your Entertainment Venue Closed If a fire spreads and causes damage to your venue during a luau, call SERVPRO to remediate the damage quickly.

Rely on SERVPRO for Immediate Fire Damage Restoration Services

Many times, luaus in Kaneohe make use of fire or burning torches. Rarely do accidents ever occur. However, when they do, fire damage can happen rapidly. This can leave guests upset, but an immediate response from management can significantly help calm fears. This response also needs to include mitigation of any areas affected.

Kaneohe hotels and other venues that offer entertainment to guests and the public at large can mitigate fire damage more easily with the help of a professional team. SERVPRO can assist you every step of the way whenever there is damage from small or large blazes. We quickly clean up the soot and oils involved in the fiery displays and remove any damaged materials.

Our professionals can help repair any stages that sustained fire damage from the fire along with areas behind the stage. Restoring fabric backdrops and other props with laundering or hand cleaning can often suffice. Other times, we need to pack these items up for more thorough cleaning at our facility. We return these as soon as possible in like-new condition.

Soot can cling to everything, and oil-based fire produces some of the worst types of soot. However, we have the techniques and tools needed to complete even the messiest jobs. Brushes and cloths remove soot before it can dull surfaces of metals and glossy plastics. Cleansers help us do much of the work by loosening the soot from the items' surfaces.

Unfortunately, not all items can be cleaned or laundered sufficiently. Some items become destroyed by even the smallest fire because of their materials or their fragility. SERVPRO can help with inventory lists of all disposed of items, also, so you can more easily replace the exact items lost. However, restoring items instead of replacing them is often much more cost-effective.

The highly trained professionals at SERVPRO of Kailua North / Laie enjoy luaus and know that they remain a vital part of our culture and our economy. We want you to reach out to us at our local number, (808) 235-5015, whenever fire damage might keep you from holding your next show.

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Why You Need Mold Damage Remediation Before Selling Your Hauula Home

10/13/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Why You Need Mold Damage Remediation Before Selling Your Hauula Home At SERVPRO, we say no to mold infestations and say yes to mold remediation.

Learn Why Professional Mold Remediation is Key in Hauula Homes


Are you thinking of selling your home in Hauula? If you are ready to sell up, you probably have a very long list of things you need to do. Before a house sale, there is so much to do, including finding an estate agent, getting your home neat and tidy for potential buyers, putting it on the market, showing interested parties around and, of course, finding your new dream home. Hauula mold damage is probably the last thing on your mind.

However, SERVPRO recommends checking for signs of mold damage and getting fungal remediation before you try and sell your home in Hauula. Interested buyers will order a home inspection before negotiating a deal with you, and some savvy buyers these days even order a specific mold inspection.

Finding fungus in a possible new home is a quick way to turn buyers off. Mold devalues your home and makes it look unkempt and uncared-for. Visible mold is also a clear tell-tale sign of damp, and nobody wants to move into a home that has obvious damp and mold problems.

Before you sell your house, carry out a thorough examination for mold. Look in all the hidden, damp corners where the fungus loves to grow, and look for signs of colonies such as black, green or brown patches.

SERVPRO’s mold remediation experts are on hand to help you deal with any issues you discover. We start by establishing containment so spores cannot travel to other areas of your home, and we use negative air machines to vent contaminated air to the outside.

Next, we clean all signs of the visible mold, so your home looks fresh and bright. Finally, we use dehumidifiers to lower the humidity and discourage fungal regrowth.

Because damp is vital for mold proliferation, we recommend you deal with any damp areas before putting your home on the market. If you discover leaks, broken roof tiles, or damage pipes or appliances, get them fixed as soon as possible. Consider buying dehumidifiers to keep humidity down and hold mold at bay.

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

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Create A Disaster Kit In Case Of Flood Damage In Hauula

10/2/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Create A Disaster Kit In Case Of Flood Damage In Hauula Water on the Beach in Hauula, No Flooding in Your Home

SERVPRO Tips to Mitigate Flooding Harm

It is not always easy to predict flooding. However, advanced weather tracking makes it easier these days and weather channels frequently predict flood damage from storms and hurricanes. Preparedness is important – by the time the inclement weather occurs, it is often too late to prepare or make any emergency arrangements. SERVPRO recommends residents of Hauula build a disaster kit in advance, so they are ready when the waters rise.
 
Everyone hopes that it is possible to be safe at home when flood damage occurs in Hauula. However, it is not always possible to predict damage to your house, or how local services and amenities might be affected by torrents of water. Because flooding is unpredictable and might cause problems with everything from food and water supplies to power outages or lack of access to medical care, it is a good idea to plan as much as you can.
 
Your kit needs plenty of purified or bottled water, and nonperishable food. Canned food is by far the safest choice after flooding as it is not susceptible to waterborne diseases. Stockpile bottled water, but keep water purification tablets on hand in case your supply runs out.
 
A first aid kit is a must for post-flood situations. Make sure you have sanitary wipes, anti-bacterial creams, soap, disinfectant, bandages and dressings, anti-diarrhea medication, and a three-day supply of any medicines that you take.
 
Staying warm is sometimes difficult after a flood. Your emergency supplies should include several changes of clean, warm clothing, and blankets. Add in waterproof gear and gloves so you can navigate waters if you must.
 
The power sometimes fails after flooding. Buy a supply of flashlights and batteries, or even better invest in wind-up flashlights that do not require a battery. Wind up radio connects you to the outside and makes it easier to listen for news and official announcements.
 
After the worst is over and you can return home, SERVPRO is on hand to help with flood cleanup. We extract water from your property and set to work salvaging as much as possible, and drying the structure of your home. We also deodorize your house.
 
For help with flood cleanup in Kokokahi, Kahuku, Kahaluu, Kaneohe and surrounding areas, call SERVPRO of Kailua North / Laie at (808) 235-5015 today.

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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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