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Preventing Flooding in Your Honolulu Home | SERVPRO® of Central Honolulu

9/7/2022 (Permalink)

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No one wants to think about the damages that would happen if your home experiences a flood. Water can cause widespread damages very quickly, even if it is only an inch or two.

In addition to the struggles of dealing with the damages, your property may not always be covered under your insurance or qualify for federal disaster aid. Thinking about the idea of being responsible for the full cost of any restoration project should make you want to take as many preventive measures as possible.

Any time it rains, there is a risk of flooding in Hawaii. The valleys in our area can make flash flooding happen quickly as the narrow channels can cause water surges. Our personal risk in Honolulu fluctuates, but is highest from October through April.

Protecting the Outside of Your Home

If your home has a gutter and downspout system, it can help reduce your risk of flooding by keeping water off of your roof and forcing it to flow away from your home. Keep your gutters clear and free of blockages.

If you have a green thumb, consider planting a garden to create a place for water to flow into. Your flowers will thank you, and so will your dry foundation! You can also add mulch around the foundation of your home to help absorb the water that flows toward your home.

If you have a propane or fuel tank on your property, make sure it is anchored to the ground so it doesn’t wash away during any flash flood. Also consider moving electrical outlets off of the ground, and turn off electricity to any areas that are prone to flooding before any incoming storm or warning.

Addressing the Interior

The interior of your home starts with your foundation! The majority of water issues can be traced back to a crack in your foundation or a waterproofing issue. Seal up any cracks that you see immediately.

It doesn’t have to be expensive to protect your home from a flood. Some simple steps can make the difference between being prepared for and being surprised by any storm!

Flooding risk doesn’t just exist outside the home. Sometimes it can originate inside due to a leaky pipe or appliance. Inspect your utilities often to catch any small issues to prevent a larger problem from affecting you later.

It is also important to protect the things in your house that make it a home! Store photos and other important keepsakes off of the ground or keep them in a watertight safe.

Most possessions can be replaced, but paper goods and memories cannot be. You should also always have a copy of your emergency plan stored on a high shelf or in your emergency kit so you are never taken by surprise by any natural disaster.

Experienced water damage in your home? Call SERVPRO of Central Honolulu today to get your restoration completed faster.

3 Storm Damage Risks to Watch For | SERVPRO® of Central Honolulu

8/18/2022 (Permalink)

”lightning.jpg” alt = "a large lightning strike off in the distance of a dark sky" > When you suffer storm-related damage to your home or business, make SERVPRO of Central Honolulu your first call.

When severe weather is in the forecast, it can make even the most experienced homeowner wary. Storms can be very strong and cause damage to your home and property!

In terms of the different kinds of damage, water, wind and impact damages are the most common. All three can cause major damages to your home.

Thankfully, just because a storm is predicted to be strong doesn’t mean that your home will suffer any sort of damage. It all depends on what kind of storm it is, where you live in town and how well your home was constructed.

In Honolulu, we mostly experience heavy rains and tropical storm threats, but we have been known to see the occasional severe thunderstorm as well. It is crucial to understand how to approach each situation in relation to protecting your home.

Wind

Wind from severe storms or tropical weather events can be incredibly strong. Reaching over 100 mph, wind can cause widespread damage to our properties.

When wind blows that quickly, it can uproot trees and overturn cars. Remain indoors during any sort of storm that is producing intense wind.

If you are alerted ahead of time for an incoming storm, take a few moments to prepare your yard. Pull your patio furniture into your garage or under your carport, and keep your landscaping free of any large rocks or dead debris.

Water

Water damage is one of the largest threats to us here in Honolulu. With our warm and moist climate, any standing water or lingering moisture in our homes can be a breeding ground for mold.

Be careful about doing any landscaping close to your home. If you do, angle any structures away from the foundation of your home to prevent water from flowing backward into your basement or lowest level. You can also incorporate a rain garden into your landscaping to help provide a place for the water to collect.

If you have gutters on your home, make sure they are free of any debris and your downspouts are pointing away from your house. Any pooling water on your roof has the potential to leak down your walls.

Impact

When it comes to impact damages, they can be very expensive and widespread. If winds accompanying a thunderstorm or tropical weather event are strong enough, they can uproot trees and throw them into your home or overturn your cars into the side of your house.

Impact damages, which occur when storms throw items into your home or property, making an impact, can be some of the most devastating.

Do your best to address any dead trees or property debris before any incoming storm and remove any yard hazards when you can to reduce your risk of suffering these types of damages.

If you do suffer storm damage, it can be hard on your wallet. In 2021, storm damage cost Americans $145 billion in damages!

At SERVPRO of Central Honolulu, we are here to make sure that the long-term effects of any damages are minimal. We will jump right into action and begin your restoration plan as soon as possible! Call us day or night, and we will be there.

When you suffer storm-related damage to your home or business, it’s important that you know who to call! Contact us today to get your storm damage restoration started faster.

We Are the Restoration Team That Works for You | SERVPRO® of Central Honolulu

8/4/2022 (Permalink)

When it comes to owning a business, every decision you make directly affects you and your family. We are a locally owned and operated SERVPRO location, so we fully understand this unique position. From planning the day-to-day tasks to having a robust emergency plan in place for disasters, it can seem overwhelming to be in charge of so much!

Even though it can be scary to have to plan for disasters, taking the time to prepare before an event can make all the difference.

If you are a business owner in the Honolulu area, chances are that you live close by as well. If a storm system comes through, you are at risk of suffering damages to both places! Two restoration projects at one time would not be fun at all, but we have your back, no matter what you are facing.

Start by creating an emergency plan for both your home and your business property that has different scenarios laid out for the different weather or disaster emergencies that we are vulnerable to here in Hawaii.

In order to learn what kinds of threats to prepare for, the American Red Cross has developed a great resource that compiles national data and offers suggestions on preparation. We also have a wonderful local website from the Department of Emergency Management that can help you prepare. It even has a section where you can enter your address and it will tell you if you are located in a tsunami evacuation zone!

Why Should You Choose Us?

We have a unique understanding of restoration projects. While damages from disasters are incredibly common in the United States, each situation and recovery process is different.

For example, when water damage occurs, the effects vary greatly. In the United States, more than 14 million homes are in a zone that is vulnerable to flooding every year, but some houses will experience catastrophes while others will weather the storm easily.

This is why our crews are trained to react to each situation as it is presented.

We will answer your phone call 24 hours a day. The most impactful decision you can make when you discover damages is to act quickly. We know that damages don’t just occur during a typical business day, so we make sure we are available whenever you need us.

Water and mold can cause immediate damages and the longer you wait to address any issues, the larger your problem becomes. Failure to act can actually cause your home’s internal structures to weaken.

We can help with more than just your restoration project. Our first goal is to make sure we start your restoration project in a timely manner, but we also want to help with every aspect of the process.

We can help you pack up your things into boxes while your home is being worked on and we will discuss your insurance claim with your agency to make sure you are getting the most out of the process.

It doesn’t matter what kind of disaster or the scale of your damages, we are here for you at SERVPRO of Central Honolulu. Our team of highly skilled professionals have the proper tools and equipment to help get your property, and your life, back to normal as quickly as we possibly can.

When you suffer damage to your home or business, it’s important that you know who to call! Contact us today to get restoration started faster.

Commercial Flood Plan for your Business

7/29/2022 (Permalink)

Downtown Honolulu A recent Hawaii storm causes flood damage

In a commercial business of any size, floods are in the top two most common disasters experienced across the U.S. Even with a detailed emergency plan, most businesses remain unprepared. Statistics show, the number of businesses that close permanently in response to a disaster, is a staggering one to one. Flood plans, like your fire evacuation preparedness plan, are key not only to mitigating the very real property and health risks of common flood-related disaster, but key to your future success.

The Most Basic Flood Evacuation Plan Should Include:

  • The capacity for quick response.
    With personnel that have specific task and responsibilities in times of emergency.
  • A disaster supply kit.
    Including emergency and medical supplies, as well as enough food and water to last at least 72 hours. Preparedness training at work should likewise instruct employees on preparing their own mobile kit, for preparation to shelter-in-place for 24 hours in the event of emergency. 
  • Plan development and training.
    All employees should know what to do in an emergency, including disaster-specific evacuation and emergency response procedures. Assign specific employees (and backup personnel) to key tasks, such as emergency shut-down of equipment and power sources and performing a roll-call. Exercises and drills to cement skills and uncover potential issues should be regularly performed, and flood and other emergency action plans reviewed and updated regularly. Clearly post and provide employees with paper copies of plans.
  • Emergency contact information.
    Ensure all employees have a list of key telephone numbers. Blank business cards sheets from the local office supply are a convenient, easy way to provide a wallet-size list. These lists should be distributed quarterly.
  • Additional guidance.
    This is not an all-inclusive list, SERVPRO of Central Honolulu can prepare an inspection of your commercial property and can put a digital Emergency Readiness Plan together free of charge.

mold and bacteria proliferation increase with each hour left unaddressed. Quick remediation, proper safety gear and on-site sanitary and medical provisions are essential to treating clean-up related injury.

Understanding Backyard Fire Hazards | SERVPRO® of Central Honolulu

7/21/2022 (Permalink)

a close up view of a bright campfire burning at night If you have experienced fire or smoke damage, contact SERVPRO of Central Honolulu.

There is really nothing better than making memories with your family around your home in your own backyard. Grilling, s’mores and telling stories in the dark can make long-lasting family memories.

We use fire often in these types of activities. From campfires, meals, pest control or debris removal, all of these activities carry their own set of dangers when it comes to fire safety. In fact, the National Park Service believes that nearly 85% of wildfires are started by humans.

Knowing this doesn’t mean you can’t light up your tiki torches, roast marshmallows or grill up the perfect tuna. It simply should make you aware of the dangers and allow you to implement some backyard fire safety practices to minimize your risk.

Recreational Fire Danger

Any time there is open flame, there is risk, especially when it comes to grills, campfires and those portable fire pits. On average, grills start 8,800 home fires, mostly due to user neglect or error.

Check on your tanks and gas lines for any leaks or cracks before starting your grill, and always designate someone to be responsible for the flames.

If you are building a bonfire, choose a safe location away from homes, outbuildings and vehicles. Stick to only matches or lighters to get your flame started, and use only wood when your fire is established.

Those portable fire pits are a backyard favorite nowadays, and these pits should be treated with the same care as a ground fire. Never place it on a wooden deck or an area that has an overhang.

Once your fire is started, it can be tempting to feed construction or household waste into it. However, you should only burn approved firewood.

Even though the 4th of July is over for the year, make sure you are following the rules regarding fireworks in Honolulu. Only firecrackers and other ground, non-explosive fireworks are allowed on the island.

Additional Outdoor Fire Dangers

It is important to remember that the burning regulations in Hawaii and Honolulu are very specific. Most burning requires a permit, and burning yard waste is not allowed.

If you have any gas cans in your shed or garage, make it a priority to ensure they are stored properly and that only gas is in them. Gas should only be used as fuel for your equipment and should never be used as a fire accelerant.

Before you light a fire for dinner, make sure you are checking local weather conditions to verify that it is not too windy or dry. If the conditions are not ideal, skip the flames and plan it for another day.

We hope you never experience fire damage, but if you do, call us at SERVPRO of Central Honolulu. Our trained technicians know how to handle every aspect of fire damage, and we strive to restore as much of your property as quickly as possible.

Burn safely outdoors. And save some chocolate for us! If you have experienced fire or smoke damage, contact us today to get restoration started faster.

State of the art Industry Tools!

7/18/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of Central Honolulu is a licensed general contractor in the state of Hawaii. Under our license we can perform demolition, alterations, repairs, and remodeling at your residence or business, often not just in the affected areas but we an also do full remodels of the entire home or business.

Repairs, during mitigation and remediation work, do require a license in the state of Hawaii*, and in most cases, insurance companies will not work with non-licensed contractors and service providers. Insurance companies thoroughly vet each contractor it chooses or recommends.  SERVPRO of Central Honolulu is licensed and insured to perform any type of construction work from simple drywall repair and painting to complete kitchen remodeling and bathroom installation.

SERVPRO of Central Honolulu works in mitigation and reconstruction services on the entire Island of Oahu HI. In addition, we use several state-of-the-art industry tools to give accurate and timely estimates to both the Insurance Companies and our Customers. One is called Xactimate, a pricing system that makes it very easy and quick for insurance adjusters to analyze our estimates and approve our work. The 2nd tool is called Docusketch, DocuSketch™ is a  Quick-Capture Technology that allows you to create detailed 360° panoramic photo in seconds.
And tours in less than 20 seconds per room. Add close-up photos of POIs, cause of damage, and scope of work. Share instantly with your team and the insurance company while you’re still on site. This equates to faster insurance payments, and ultimately, a quicker recovery for homeowners. Just another reason to choose SERVPRO of Central Honolulu.

Family owned, operated and Loal

7/14/2022 (Permalink)

Owners Andy and Glenna Maras

SERVPRO is a national company with 2000 franchises. With national corporate support SERVPRO of Central Honolulu is a Local franchise with Local owners that reside on the windward side of Oahu. All our employees are local and live all over the Island of Oahu. SERVPRO of Central Honolulu can respond in a timely matter to all losses big or small from small water leaks to large fires commercial or residential. Studies show that when you work with an independent, locally owned business,  significantly more of your money is used to make purchases from other local businesses, service providers,  further strengthening the economic base of the community.

The Importance of Weather Alerts | SERVPRO® of Central Honolulu

7/12/2022 (Permalink)

"a red and white severe weather alert sign" If you suspect any damage to your home from a recent storm, call SERVPRO of Central Honolulu.

Severe weather comes in many different forms across the United States. In fact, the United States is so unique with different weather patterns that there are 42 different kinds of weather alerts that correspond to all of the possible scenarios.

When warnings or alerts for those weather systems are issued in Honolulu, it is important that you understand how to interpret them in order to stay safe.

Thankfully, we don’t experience every single weather scenario possible (and we are especially thankful for the lack of blizzard warnings here). But we do need to understand the alerts that affect us here in Hawaii.

Forecasting and Alerts

Have you ever been curious about how an alert is issued in the first place? Forecasting is an educated prediction, so how do forecasters feel confident about issuing alerts based on predictions? They actually use a variety of different models and data points in order to be as accurate as possible when it comes to the severity, length and location of a given weather system.

The National Weather Service is the major organization that oversees the weather forecasting for the entire nation. That’s a lot of responsibility!

In order to keep every forecast and alert as accurate as possible, the NWS is broken down into six regional locations around the country and sub-locations even closer to home. The Pacific Region that oversees our area is actually located right in Honolulu. We are the only state in the country that is under the Pacific Region’s responsibility.

The staff at the Pacific office use satellite data, sensors, and solar and seismic activity meters to create their forecasts. While they understand that weather can sometimes be unpredictable, their goal is to be as precise as possible.

Knowing the Difference: Watch vs. Warning

Being an island state, it is imperative that we all understand the difference between watches and warnings. Weather can change in an instant, so it is important to know the distinction between these two alerts.

A lot of our weather threats are water-based, like tropical storms, cyclones, flash flooding or tsunamis. Most of our state is at risk to quickly changing weather in regard to the ocean, so it is important to know how each of these weather situations would impact you and your home.

When a watch is issued, you must begin preparing for the incoming weather with the understanding that it has the potential to turn severe. Update your emergency kit and keep an eye on the sky.

When a warning is issued or replaces a watch, it is time to head for shelter immediately. A warning means that the incoming weather has been proven to produce dangerous qualities.

Prepping Your Home

The most important focus during severe weather is to keep yourself and your family safe. However, if you have enough time ahead of the storm, you can take a few preventive measures around your home that will help reduce the risk of damage to your house.

Clearing your gutters and securing your outdoor furniture are two easy tasks you can do to help minimize the risk of structural damage and water damage to your home. It is also a great idea to repack your emergency kit and place that in your safe shelter location.

When the threat of severe weather has passed, do an inspection of your home and property, take photos of any damages you find, and call us at SERVPRO of Central Honolulu if you need help with the cleanup or repair process. We respond to all inquiries quickly, and we will begin your restoration as soon as we can.

The more you understand about Honolulu’s weather, the safer you can keep your family. Taking the time to understand the different alerts and how to respond to them is a great way to stay prepared in advance of the incoming severe weather and hurricane season.

Experienced storm damage to your home or property? Contact us today for a quick response!

Frequent Causes of Commercial Damage | SERVPRO® of Central Honolulu

6/16/2022 (Permalink)

a large commercial building with extensive damage to roof and siding SERVPRO of Central Honolulu is your local commercial disaster team. Contact us to learn more about our commercial damage restoration services.

Businesses have been a cornerstone of our country since its conception. Each and every person in our country utilizes businesses in some form or fashion, either through using a business’ services or products or working as an employee.

Being a business owner entails a slew of duties on a daily basis, even without the added stress of an unforeseeable calamity. But when disaster strikes, it may be catastrophic to a business’s finances.

According to The National Center for Environmental Information, storm damages have exceeded $2.195 trillion in the United States since 1980, exhibiting just how pricey storm damages can get.

Honolulu sees a number of different weather-related disasters due to our island location. The Kona low storms are one recent example of this, which resulted in major flooding and damages in central Honolulu.

Because of how common storms are to our area, it is essential to know the most common types of damages and how to prevent them in order to protect your business from harm.

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Excess water or moisture is a major threat to businesses around the country, especially in Hawaii. Water damage can occur naturally or as a result of a simple appliance failure, and both types of water damage can wreak havoc on commercial property.

Flooding is among the most significant of threats. Flooding from the exterior, such as flash floods or overflowing rivers, may seep past the doors and into your building’s foundation. If you have enough space surrounding your business, consider employing landscaping to deflect water away from it as a preventive measure.

Leaks inside the building can also cause water damage that lasts for a long time. It’s critical to check for leaks in your plumbing and for warping or discoloration in your walls and floors. Taking these precautions on a regular basis will help you stay ahead of the damage and avoid pricey repairs.

<h2damage">Storm Damage

Storm-related commercial damage is prevalent, and it can be devastating to a row of businesses, knocking out power and creating damage from loose debris. Commercial roofing and building siding can be effortlessly ripped off by really powerful storms.

Winds can exceed 85 miles per hour in the average storm. Storms of this magnitude are capable of uprooting trees, falling walls and toppling big vehicles.

Installing storm-protective window covers and a new roof for your business will limit the extent of storm damage, but these precautions can be costly.

On the plus side, taking preventive actions like routinely inspecting your structure and checking the seals on your windows and doors will save you money and help you avoid additional disasters. Before a storm hits, it’s also a good idea to clear your land of any potential hazards that could uproot and damage things around you.

<h2who-to-call">Know Who to Call

Commercial damage can take many different forms, with water and storm damage being the most common. As a result of these unfortunate accidents, businesses are sometimes forced to shut down to allow for repairs or perhaps permanently close.

Fortunately, SERVPRO is available around the clock and ready to respond to any emergency you may face. Our certified restoration specialists will work with you to plan and implement the optimal restoration approach that works for your business.

If you have experienced damage to your business or want to learn more about our commercial damage restoration services, contact us today. We’re here to act fast, 247.

With a Few Simple Steps, You Can Prevent Fires in Your Home | SERVPRO® of Central Honolulu

6/6/2022 (Permalink)

Honolulu Fire Job If your home is damaged in a house fire, SERVPRO of Central Honolulu is here to help. Contact us for any fire restoration needs.

Between 2015 and 2019, 74% of house fires occurred in a home with at least one working smoke alarm present, a hopeful statistic representing the widespread success of fire alert technology in the average home.

Even though smoke detectors continue to be the most effective strategy to avoid fire-related deaths and property damage, there are various other preventive steps you can take that are simple as can be:

Remove Any Clutter

Clutter can easily invade our homes. Unattended loose, flammable items in hallways and storage spaces, such as clothing, spare blankets and other fabrics are especially dangerous when it comes to fire prevention.

If you leave clothes unattended near gas ranges or water heaters, you can easily start a fire. To avoid hazards stepping in the way if you ever need to depart your home quickly, it’s wise to leave open, clean passageways. This will also slow the spread if a fire does occur, leaving fewer flammable materials in its path.

Finally, check for room between furniture, rugs and your wall outlets to ensure they have ample space and are not rubbing together or tangled.

Build a Defense Outside Your Home

There are many ways to prepare the exterior of your home to better defend against home fires. Using intentional landscaping methods, you can clear a path to help firefighters enter your home more easily in case of a fire.

It is recommended to have at least 30 feet of defensible space outside your home at all times, and replace flammable material with more suitable things such as concrete, brick and gravel. Also, make sure to clear any debris that could get in the way.

In Honolulu, brush fires stemming from loose grass and shrubs are the source of a number of fires, so it is especially important to check for these flammable materials gathered around your home.

Plan for Outdoor Access to Water

In the instance that the water located inside of your home is no longer working or accessible, it can be extremely helpful to have access to an outdoor water system.

Consider investing in a sprinkler system, or purchasing extra-long garden hoses that can reach all points on the exterior of the home.

Taking these simple steps can make a big difference in lowering your susceptibility to a fire, and ensuring that you are more prepared if a home fire ever does occur.

We spend so much time in our homes, making memories with those we love and tending to its upkeep. It is essential that we also keep our homes clean and take time to prevent hazards to avoid the chance of a fire.

If you have experienced fire damage or want to learn more about our fire damage restoration services, contact us today. We’re here to act fast, 247.