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Fire from Cooking

3/6/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire from Cooking Fire Damage in Waikele Kitchen

Here is fire damage to a home in Mililani, Hawaii.  Caused by a cooking on the stove. 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.” 
 
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 we service all of the island.

Places For And Causes Of Mold Damage In Kaneohe

3/5/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Places For And Causes Of Mold Damage In Kaneohe SERVPRO Tip--Reduce Moisture and the Relative Humidity RH in Your Kaneohe Home to Help Prevent Mold Damage

SERVPRO Advises on Mold Prevention Tips and General Information

It is relatively common knowledge that mold and mildew growth are constant challenges to residents of the Islands. Our state enjoys almost daily rain and average humidity percentages ranging from the mid to high 60's to over 80. Consistently reported precipitation and tropical temperatures and humidity provide microbes plenty of moisture needed to flourish in Kaneohe. Our mold remediation teams share strategies to control these frequent fungal growth problems.

Plumbing and roof leaks also contribute to mold damage in Kaneohe. Regular and expert repair and maintenance improve your odds when taking proactive steps to limit mold spores’ access to moisture. Some homeowners feel discouraged when their vigilance in home maintenance and humidity control still does not rid their homes of mold issues. We encourage frustrated residents living in this sheltered cove of Kaneohe Bay to discuss other possibilities underlying a persistent mold problem with our experts.

Some of the places molds can hide and grow are not where a homeowner might think to look. Because most Hawaiian homes rest on a slab foundation or post and pier construction, any water that overflows from appliances or mechanical systems located on the lowest level of a dwelling can pool if not drained properly. A washing machine or water heater might have a drain pan collecting excess moisture, providing an excellent environment for mold growth. Furthermore, SERVPRO sees circumstances where appliances sit on wooden platforms, exposing those organic materials to saturation and then mold risks.

Installing hoses or piping that drains the water to the exterior from the pan is a reliable solution to these mold hazards. SERVPRO mold remediators then can contain and remove the colonies, finishing by applying topical antimicrobials. Without the standing water, recurrence is far less likely.

Similarly, areas where water is expected, need not be continual mold incubators if experienced technicians evaluate the need for additional safeguards. A bathtub or shower in a Hawaiian home can handle anticipated water from the faucet as well as unanticipated moisture from the slab foundation or crawl space below. Shower pans and moisture impervious cement backer board installations help contain shower and tub water inside suitably installed and caulked fixtures. They then drain appropriately into the waste system and out of a home. Where subflooring is subjected to rain runoff and groundwater moisture, an upgrade to the appropriately rated vapor barriers is critical. Although SERVPRO can remediate bathroom mold outbreaks time after time, a more in-depth search for the cause minimizes or eliminates the need.

Rely on SERVPRO of Kailua North / Laie for your mold damage remediation and prevention needs. One call to (808) 235-5015 gives you access to the knowledge and solutions our team offers for the unique mold damage issues faced by residents of Hawaii.

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Treating Water Damage in Your Kailua Area Bungalow

2/28/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Treating Water Damage in Your Kailua Area Bungalow Clogged gutters can bring rain water into your home instead of directing it away. Contact SERVPRO to inspect your gutters as well as other things.

SERVPRO Offers Many Types of Effective Services Which can Remediate or Prevent Water Damage for Bungalow Owners

One of the most common causes of water damage in Hawaii is, of course, natural disasters. However, the location of the property and the materials used to build the property all play a significant role. Leaks from plumbing fixtures also plague bungalow owners, where water seeps into cracks, tiles, and walls, taking a toll on unprotected materials.  

Having a plumbing issue in your bungalow can lead to severe water damage in Kailua if not taken care of correctly. The time it takes for you to make a decision can drastically increase losses you might experience. With the help of a qualified professional, you can keep an eye on areas that regularly cause problems and stop extreme situations before they happen.

SERVPRO’s IICRC-industry certified technicians can perform an inspection of your property that gives you a close look at what you have to deal with to make your bungalow safe. It helps to check your heating and air-conditioning system for leaks, proper drainage, or installation problems. Your roof might pose problems as well with bent, damaged, or clogged gutters and downspouts.  

SERVPRO offers a variety of services to fit your unique situation, whether you have a plumbing issue damaging your cabinets and flooring in your kitchen, or problems with the structure, framing, or foundation of your bungalow, we can help. Our technicians help you get ahead of problems before they get out of hand, and a detailed plan to restore water damage that already occurred.

SERVPRO’s professional water damage restoration services help you prevent wood rot, corrosion, moisture buildup, and mold growth. Our technicians give you access to all of the equipment necessary to extract excess water, entirely dry the affected areas, and help protect your investment property.

Contact SERVPRO of Kailua North / Laie for quality cleanup and restoration services 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. Get quality help, when you need it, from a company that manages your entire restoration process. We keep you and your insurance agent informed throughout the process to help make the entire experience as stress-free as possible. (808) 235-5015

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Water Damage to a Home

2/27/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage to a Home Severe water damage to paint

Often times many think "Its just water" "We can clean it up ourselves" not realizing the effects of water damage.  After 72 hours of a water loss if the drying process has not began there's a chance of microbial growth which can then lead to mold.  Water also can absorb into, flooring, paints, and walls which may cause total losses.  We also provide free inspections. Call us today (808)235-5015 we have a response team ready to go at all hours of the day! 

Professional Restoration Is Essential After A Kailua Home Fire

2/26/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Professional Restoration Is Essential After A Kailua Home Fire Wave Aloha to Fire & Smoke Damage to Your Kailua Home with SERVPRO's Cleanup & Restoration

Trust the SERVPRO Team for Fire & Smoke Damage Cleanup and Restoration

Experiencing a fire in your Kailua home is frightening for you and your family. Once the firefighters complete their work and return your property to your control, it is natural to be confused about the proper steps to take to recover from the disaster. We provide homeowners trustworthy assistance in these situations, with the equipment and experienced crews needed to clean and restore your home post-fire.
 
Even if the fire damage seems minor, your Kailua home dramatically benefits from a professional assessment. Standard cleaning procedures often make the damage worse. Speed is critical as the residues from the combustion of various household materials start a progressive damage cycle within minutes of their creation and diffusion throughout your home. Our team of fire damage restoration specialists works fast using their extensive training and periodic updates on IICRC protocols.
 
The industry standards that guide SERVPRO crews ensure cleaning methods chosen and used are appropriate to the fire damage situation in your Hawaiian home. We evaluate the characteristics of the sooty residues and match techniques to what we confront. Loose, ashy remains respond well to HEPA filtered vacuuming and dry sponging. Stickier coatings require a spray and wipe approach, and those that have progressed to hardened, lacquer-like films can need solvents and abrasive cleanings.
 
Our crew inspects HVAC systems to make sure soot does not continue to circulate, cleaning ducts if indicated. SERVPRO treats the entire dwelling as soot and smoke moves throughout the space, fueled by heat and encouraged, ironically, by open windows and cross ventilation. If we fail to remove all evidence of the fire, structural damage progresses, and your belongings deteriorate. We work to clean, deodorize, and seal all spaces affected by soot and smoke.
 
SERVPRO experts can remove soot and smoke damage, and odors, from personal and household belongings. We sometimes complete this remediation on-site, including carpeting and furnishings. Other items have better outcomes when cleaned elsewhere. We arrange for dry cleaning and laundering of clothing, linens, and window coverings. A pack-out of affected goods allows our team to concentrate on a range of cleaning and odor eliminating strategies for these articles away from your dwelling, while other crew members complete the restoration and deodorization of your home.
 
Count on SERVPRO of Kailua North / Laie to meet your needs when fire damages your Hawaiian home or seasonal dwelling. Call us at (808) 235-5015 immediately after you receive the all-clear so we can partner on a plan that restores your property to pre-fire condition.

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The Lingering Effects of a Kitchen Fire in Your Kaneohe Restaurant

2/6/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial The Lingering Effects of a Kitchen Fire in Your Kaneohe Restaurant Fire and smoke damage in your restaurant can cause panic as to when you can re-open. Contact SERVPRO right away for remediation.

Team SERVPRO Arrives Quickly to Remediate a Fire at Your Business Location

Your Kaneohe restaurant rarely can prepare for the possibility of even a small fire. The lingering effects of a kitchen fire can affect the entire building, making it difficult for your doors to stay open. Since such a significant portion of the year is heavy laden with tourism and non-local traffic, even small portions of time without your doors open to the hungry public can be highly damaging to profits.

While you might not have had much (or any) structural concerns following the recent blaze, there are lingering symptoms that make it difficult for guests to enjoy their meal. With any aspect of commercial fire damage to your Kaneohe restaurant, our certified restoration specialists at SERVPRO can help you to set things right.

One of the primary concerns that linger after a recent fire is the smell. From either smoke damage or charring, this is a scent that assuredly overpowers the aroma of the cuisine you are cooking and takes away from a guest’s experience. Using sophisticated equipment such as foggers, our SERVPRO technicians neutralize noxious molecules with the dense (and odorless) chemical compound emitted by the foggers.

Smoke and soot damage can be another potential problem for the customers that you want to bring in. If this is all in the kitchen area, it poses a threat to the meals that you are preparing and should be dealt with right away. Utilizing scrubbers with filters on them, our professionals deeply clean surfaces affected by the recent fire. Depending on the severity of the present smoke and soot damage, this cleaning can be done with a wet solution or with a dry scrubber.

Restoring the damaged areas or equipment affected by the fire is another aspect of our process and one that should also get held in high regard towards re-opening your establishment to the public. The contents of your restaurant that became damaged by the flames can often get restored to their preloss conditions provided that our team gets to these items quickly.

There is no right time to have a small fire in your restaurant, but having SERVPRO restoration services can make the process a little easier to manage. If you are struggling with lingering symptoms of a recent fire, contact SERVPRO of Kailua North / Laie. Our emergency response team is available 24/7 by calling (808) 235-5015.

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Restoring Flood Damage To Your Kaneohe Home

1/23/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Restoring Flood Damage To Your Kaneohe Home Severe weather is not always the cause of flooding.

Restoring Flood Damage

Severe weather is not always the cause of flooding. As you well know, those who live in Kaneohe experience over 37 inches of rainfall on average every year. When you have instances where much of this rainfall is happening in short proximity, the ground is unable to keep up with absorbing the water, and this causes water levels to rise and flooding to occur all over the island. While many in the area have sufficiently waterproofed their home, and taken preventative measures against the possibility of this disaster affecting the inside of their homes, no plan is entirely full-proof.

Depending on the measures taken, and how long ago they got taken, your Kaneohe home could still be at risk for this natural disaster to impact your lower levels. Foundations that were improperly constructed or not adequately waterproofed with drain systems around the house are the most likely of culprits to experience degradation of their foundation over time. Once water has even the smallest access point, it is a short while before larger cracks can form from water flow through the block.

The problem is, most people are not aware of a dire situation until the damage has already happened. If you are currently staring at a flooded basement or lower level of your residence, professional restoration services can help to bring your home back to its original state. In fact, our slogan “Like it never even happened” is a testament to the thorough and detailed work that our technicians do to restore flood damages to your home.

The primary focus of our SERVPRO team is extraction and prevention of further damages. When we first arrive, the team locates the source of the flooding and seals off the cracks and holes to prevent water penetration altogether. Extraction begins around this same time, utilizing pump trucks from our fleet to efficiently pull all of the water from the area quickly. The drying process is the next step, which uses both dehumidification equipment and air movers to dry up the region. Once this gets completed, our technicians can assess any lingering damages or structural weaknesses attributed to the flooding incident.

Our focus is bringing your home back to the condition you recognize and helping to ease your mind and walk you through our restoration process through every phase. The SERVPRO of Kailua North / Laie team is available 24/7 for any emergency restoration needs you might have. You can reach us at (808) 235-5015.

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Mold Damage Minimization In Kaneohe

1/22/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage Minimization In Kaneohe Humidity in Kaneohe Can Cause Mold Development -- Call SERVPRO for Remediation

SERVPRO Provides Tips and Remediation for Mold Infestations

The warm and humid climate in Kaneohe is very conducive to mold and mildew issues. Homeowners are likely to see or smell moldy areas frequently if they take a casual attitude toward the conditions prevalent in Hawaii that support the fungal growth. Mold remediation services are available from our trained technicians, but we also want to help our customers with some tips that are effective in preventing mold issues in your home.
 
Kaneohe enjoys a tropical climate, with near perfect conditions for mold damage. This tradeoff can feel inevitable, but there are some things an educated homeowner can do to limit mold growth and the damage that follows. Although our technicians hold certifications as Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT), our ultimate focus is on working with you to devise strategies that significantly reduce the risk of active mold colonization in your home.
 
A review of your HVAC system is a good place to start. Be sure that you change the air filters regularly, replacing them with high-quality options with the proper MERV ratings for your system and conditions. SERVPRO can have your ductwork inspected and cleaned when necessary. Check to make sure that vents covers are cleaned of dust often and not blocked or covered.
 
One thing you may miss is to limit the items stored near or in the closet or room where your AC is located. Too many items in the area increase the incidence of dust, moisture, and other debris or substances that may be pulled into the system. Clean and vacuum all areas regularly, using a HEPA filter to reduce mold spores.
 
Maintain an interior temperature of 72 to 80 degrees, using the AC if necessary on a regular basis. For air conditioners to reduce humidity, they must run long enough to condense the excess moisture in the air, so you may want to cool the temperature down further on a consistent basis. Exhaust fans in the kitchen and bathroom must be used every time a pot boils, or a shower is taken. Clothes dryers must vent to the outside, and lint filters and the ductwork should often be cleaned. Functioning mechanical fixtures helps to guard against excess moisture, keep the relative humidity RH level consistent.
 
Be vigilant about keeping floors, sinks, tubs, and counters dry between uses. Spills cleaned up immediately pose little risk of feeding mold. Small leaks in plumbing or caulking need immediate attention and repair as their adverse effects accumulate over time. A rain that blows in must be mopped up fast. On pleasant days open doors and windows to encourage air flow.
 
Partner with SERVPRO of Kailua North / Laie to find ways to reduce your risk of mold and mildew development. Call us at (808) 235-5015 to remediate current mold damage and then access our knowledge to make decisions about home maintenance that avoid mold growth going forward.

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SERVPRO Knows What to Do When Fire Damage Strikes a Gallery in Kailua

1/10/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial SERVPRO Knows What to Do When Fire Damage Strikes a Gallery in Kailua Kailua Fires Get Fast Cleanup and Restoration from SERVPRO

When Fire Strikes in Kailua Move Fast to Mitigate Damages

When an art gallery suffers fire damage in Kailua, the situation can become very different from other business environments experiencing a similar disaster. Galleries of all sorts tend to contain items that are simultaneously valuable, fragile, and important from a cultural standpoint. Without appropriate care and attention, the contents of the gallery may become permanently and irreversibly damaged. Whether your location contains modern, classic, Western, or Native Hawaiian art, SERVPRO provides the expert care and quality of service necessary to handle such a disaster.
 
Faster to the Disaster     
In the aftermath of fire damage to a gallery in Kailua, time can be critical to saving some of the most sensitive items in the building. Chemicals in smoke and ash may begin to change and destroy certain artistic materials and compounds fundamentally. We keep our representatives and technicians ready on a 24/7 basis to respond to reports of fire, flood, and other types of damage to get there hopefully before anything drastic can happen. Once our technicians and inspectors arrive on the scene, they can evaluate items in and around the damage site for their condition, risk, and value, and act accordingly. Final decisions for salving and attempting to preserve artifacts rest with the client and insurance carrier.
 
Expert Care
Speed is far from the only consideration we must make when dealing with a fire-damaged establishment of the fine arts. Delicacy and thoroughness are equally essential to avoid further damage to both the building and its contents. We have many protocols in place to protect against evolving situations and extraneous variables, and when our technicians cannot adequately provide treatment for a specific item or material, we maintain a list of contacts with local specialists who know how to handle these objects. When you call SERVPRO to care for your gallery after a fire, you call a trusted, capable, and careful company able to take on even the most challenging of tasks.
 
SERVPRO of Kailua North / Laie is a local provider of fire damage mitigation and restoration service. If a blaze has hit your business, call us at (808) 235-5015.

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Air Conditioning Water Damage To Your Kaneohe Home

1/2/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Air Conditioning Water Damage To Your Kaneohe Home Kaneohe Water in the Wrong Places Means SERVPRO is Needed for Clean Up

Secondary Damages Often Occur After Appliance Malfunctions, Gets Things Dried Out Fast, Call SERVPRO

Air conditioners are an everyday staple in nearly every Kaneohe home. While they can be a luxury that makes for some comfortable living, they are still appliances that are mechanized and inevitably bound to malfunction and fail. For window units in homes that don’t feature central air stations, these failures can leave substantial water on the floors and walls of the area.

There are numerous reasons why you want to seek professional assistance for the water damage to your Kaneohe residence. First of all, you probably do not have the tools and equipment to assess the full extent of the damage. You also do not likely possess the equipment or experience to extract and thoroughly dry your home following such an incident, which failing to do this can result in further damages and lingering structural concerns.
 
Our SERVPRO emergency response team act quickly to reach your home and begin the restoration process right away. With situations like pooling water, the faster the water can get extracted and the area dried, the less likely that lasting damages occur. The initial assessment of the damage first ensures that water is done leaking onto the floor and that the damaged unit is removed from the area to prevent further issues.

Extraction and drying follow this step. Our SERVPRO IICRC certified technicians then bring out sophisticated instruments like our infrared cameras to measure moisture and assess internal damages to the walls. The further scanning of the area ensures that all of the areas get wholly dried and that the moisture and heat inside of the walls of your home do not combine to produce mold colonies.
 
Ultimately, our job is not completed until the homeowner can be shown that all of the water has been removed and the damage that it caused has been successfully restored. As this is part of our commitment to customer satisfaction, SERVPRO of Kailua North / Laie should be the team you think of when you are facing your own water emergencies. You can reach our emergency response team at any time by calling (808) 235-5015.

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