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Moving Forward After COVID-19

6/25/2020 (Permalink)

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned Logo Rebuilding our communities together.

New Times New Expectations: Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned

Our communities are re-opening on Oahu, and though life may not feel the same, we’re all moving toward a new kind of normal. Expectations of visitors, customers, and employees are changing. Staying safe, considerate, and healthy is of top priority and concern. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the expectation of "clean" has changed. SERVPRO has developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Visit the link above to see Our 3 C's of Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned. 

If your business is need of any SERVPRO restoration or remediation or cleaning services call (808)-744-2730 today!

The Best Ways To Save Your Belongings From Water Damage

6/25/2020 (Permalink)

inch of water flooding kitchen floor Here are some of our tips for salvaging any water damaged belongings in your home or business.

How to Salvage Water Damaged Items

When your company building in Honolulu HI is affected by any flood damage, there will likely be many unforeseen damages that will need to be addressed. The structure of the building, affected belongings, and even your walls will require professional care. To ensure the most cost-effective recovery, it is important to salvage what you can.  

  1. Curtains, Rugs and Other Small Items

Small belongings may be quite simple to take care of yourself. Depending on the water damage, fabric decor items such as curtains, pillows, or rugs may sometimes be machine washable or dry cleaned. If the damage is drastic or has a high level of contamination the items will need to be pretreated.

  1. Furniture

Furniture items require special handling and treatment. If the item has absorbed a certain amount of water, replacement may be the only option. If the damage is from a clean water source, such as a burst pipe, they may be salvageable. Non-porous material is much easier to clean, you can scrub them yourself with and anti-bacterial cleanser.

  1. Paper Documents and Artwork

If your flooded company building has resulted in damaged documents or artwork, you may be feeling a little hopeless. These are delicate and highly porous, so restoring them can be difficult. Luckily, a professional service will have access to several cleanup methods. Techniques such as freeze or thermal drying, dehumidification and gamma irradiation can save many paper items.

  1. Electronics

When it comes to electronics, you need to be extra careful. Turning on a wet or damp device may cause the circuit to become permanently damaged. If you have damaged computers or equipment, a professional service can have them inspected and cleaned by a technician to ensure the best results.

Dealing with flooding in a company building is always hard on business, and that's an understatement, we know. A cleanup and restoration service can help reduce the negative effects by restoring your items and property.

If you have suffered water damage call SERVPRO of Central Honolulu at (808)-744-2730 today!

SERVPRO Restores after Bio-Hazard

6/25/2020 (Permalink)

ross store front SERVPRO of Central Honolulu performs services for bio-hazard.

Ross in Honolulu Calls SERVPRO to Solve a Bio-Hazard

Ross, located in Honolulu, was affected by a biohazard. With backed up pipes and drains, contaminants rushed up onto the bathroom and hallway floors. Because the water had human waste contaminants, the water job was a category 3. With such a high category of contamination the cleaning and restoration process becomes much more detailed. With a category 3 if the water is too set, or seeps into any cracks, walls, or items, these items are to be torn out, treated, and replaced. 

Luckily the damages to this commercial building were minimal. The water had not set into the grout or the walls. Meaning all that was needed was for the water and contaminants to be extracted. We removed all waste and then cleaned and sanitized all affected surfaces. Our team was in an out within hours.

If you are in need of restoration services call our SERVPRO team at (808)744- 2730. They specialize in commercial or household cleaning, as well as restoration and reconstruction services for mold, fire damage, floods, and storms. Call today for an inspection.

Protect Your Business From Future Water Damage

6/25/2020 (Permalink)

clean restaurant kitchen Keep your business safe from any future water damage with these tips!

Tips From the Professionals

The dry season on Oahu isn’t a long one. But the lack of water on the island might distract you from the possible water saturation inside your Oahu business. To ensure that your business can stay busy, check your restaurant for early signs of water damage. When treated early, water damage is an easy fix, but if a fix is prolonged for too long the damage can be a costly and timely matter.  Keep your eyes peeled for any area near water pipes, faucets and drains. Damp areas are an attractive spot for a mold colony to grow, and that’s something no one wants in their restaurant. Regular inspections of areas in your restaurant allow you to take care of issues before they can become serious.

These are the top three places to check regularly for water damage:

  • Staff Bathroom

 Water is essential when it comes to the bath area. Most commercial staff bathrooms are cleaned thoroughly several times a week, and these times are great for checking for damp areas and leaks of any kind. Look in the least traveled spots, such as corners of any closets, behind the toilet, and under the sink. If there are any leaks in these places, they can be a hazard until they are completely dry. Investing in a dehumidifier for bathroom areas is a sufficient way to keep the dangers of mold out of sight and out of mind. 

  • Main Kitchen

This area of the business sees heavy-duty usage on a daily basis. Watch out for spills and leaks. Clean any water up immediately to ensure that they do not attract mold spores. Mold spores, which rest in the air, occur daily and are common in Hawaii. Check the spaces under and around the coolers and freezers are places that can be damaged by water without you noticing. Get out your flashlight and make sure you see every nook and cranny clearly.

  • Dishwashing Area

The area around the dishwasher has nooks and crannies that require a deep look and cleaning. A leak behind an automatic dishwasher or under a commercial sink can create huge issues down the road. Add the humidity in the air and possible unseen leaks or drips, and you have a recipe for the establishment of a mold colony. Have the machinery pulled out from the wall regularly, and make sure the areas behind them are clean, dry, and disinfected. 

If your business has suffered water damaged call SERVPRO at (808)-744-2730.

Is Your Honolulu Business At Risk of A Fire

11/27/2019 (Permalink)

smoking electrical wires Keep up on the maintenance in your business to ensure your safety from fire hazards.

No Business Is Immune To Fire Hazards

Fire damage in your Honolulu business is a serious concern. The damages can halt business for weeks on end. Unfortunately, no business is immune to the risk of a fire. Certain facilities may be more likely to endure damage from a fire, such as a restaurant that uses open flames. However, fire hazards are present in most workplaces regardless of the work activity throughout the day. When you know what these hazards are, you can take proper steps to address and mitigate those risks and prevent possible fire damage and smoke damage.

Electrical Concerns

When damaged electrical wiring can spark and quickly ignite a fire. Electrical wiring damage may include frayed cords, such as those connecting desktop computers to the wall power outlets. It may also include damage to internal wiring inside the walls, and these may be damaged by rodents, pests and other forces. Electrical fires may also start when power sockets are overloaded or when equipment gets too hot. It is important to periodically review your company's wiring to identify areas of concern that need to be addressed.

Flammable or Combustible Materials

Flammable and combustible materials are most commonly associated with industrial and warehouse environments, yet even restaurants, hotels, dry cleaners and many other types of businesses may store combustible materials on-site. These materials should remain properly sealed according to the manufacturer’s recommendations at all times.

Poor Equipment Maintenance

Other hazards in Honolulu workplaces are related to poor equipment maintenance. For example, failing to replace rusted items, or clean out storage rooms regularly may result in the accumulation of dust and other flammable debris. A gas leak in your business could result in a fire or an explosion. Fire hazards related to poor maintenance may also include dusty, dirty or greasy components, such as air ducts and vents, kitchen exhaust vents and many other features that are used throughout your facility. Scheduling necessary maintenance can decrease fire risk in these areas.

As you can see, there are numerous fire hazards that could result in serious damage in your business. If your Honolulu business has already experienced fire damage, it is essential that repair work is completed as soon as possible. SERVPRO of Central Honolulu is your trusted source for quality repair services. To request assistance with your damaged building, contact us today. You can reach us at (808)-744-2730

Your OAHU Vacation Rental May Be At Risk Of Water Or Mold Damage

11/22/2019 (Permalink)

buildings in waikiki on water front It’s important to keep watch on your vacation rentals! Go through our SERVPRO recommended checklist to make certain your rental is safe today!

Is your Vacation Rental at risk?

With new vacation rental laws being enforced starting August 1st, 2019, many vacation rental homes are being shut down.

All vacation rentals have a constant flow of short term residents coming in and out. One thing many do not realize, these homes are at risk, as there are no long term residents to notice the possible mold growth or water damage to the home or property.

As new vacation rental laws are being enforced more prevalently, many vacation rentals will be needing a change in their targeted population, including possible long term rental agreements.

In making these new changes SERVPRO recommends homeowners walk through their homes and check for any fungi growth in common places such as:

- Cabinets

- Closets

- Behind/Below Furniture

- Small enclosed areas

- Dark/Damp Rooms

Pipe leaks or seemingly minimal water damage can cause extensive issues and damage to your Kahuku rental. SERVPRO recommends homeowners walk through any vacation/long term rentals to check for possible water damage. Common places to check may include:

- Walls

- Bathrooms

- Under sinks

- Behind large appliances

- Hoses

- All faucets

If your rental has experienced any fungi/water damage call our SERVPRO team (808)-744-2730 today for an inspection.

Don't Let Flooding In Your Hawaii Kai Business Come To A Halt Call SERVPRO!

10/8/2019 (Permalink)

dirt and muddy filling parking spots, right run off rises higher than road side curb Storm damage have many costs and affects on businesses. Rely on SERVPRO of Central Honolulu to restore your Business

Is Your Hawaii Kai Business Threatened By Rain or Storm?

The islands of Hawaii receive nearly 70 inches of rain a year. With an annual hurricane season, rain and storm damage is always a threat to homes and businesses across Hawaii. There are many ways water from a storm can affect your business.

How can floods affect your home or business?

  1. Health and safety risks.
    Water damage from flooding produces a variety of health and safety risks when water is not immediately and properly cleaned up, including:
    • Structural damage
    • Electrical damage and risks
    • Sharp glasses and metals
    • Sanitary hazards and diseases from standing water
    • Contaminated drinking water
    • Defunct drainage and sewage systems
    • Cut off communications
    • Road and bridge destruction
    • Landslides
    • Damaged crops
    • And so much more…
  2. Loss of Life.
    The most devastating and heart aching after effect of flood damage can have on you or your business is loss of life. Flash floods are the number one weather-related killer in the U.S.
  3. Emotional Hardship.
    Flood victims can experience difficulty coping with their situation. A few symptoms those affected may experience are anxiety, depression, fear, anger, frustration, sadness, and grief. At SERVPRO we are understanding of the stress of being affected by flood and storm damage. Our team works tirelessly to ensure the restoration of your business is as fast as possible, so may have peace of mind. 
  4. Property Damage.
    Ninety percent of damage throughout the U.S. is caused by water damage due to flood. Businesses, vehicles, belongings, equipment… Nothing is immune. Just a few inches of water can cause major damage to your business and it contents. 
  5. Economic Loss.
    Not all insurance companies and policies cover water damage resulting from flooding, which can put a huge strain on flood damage victims financially. Billions of dollars worth of water damage throughout the year affect those by whom insurance companies will not cover. Protect Your business by verifying your current level of coverage today.

If you have been hit by a storm call SERVPRO at (808)744-2730. We specialize in restoration and reconstruction services for fire damage, mold, and storms. Call today for an inspection.

Protect Your Self From The Dangers Of Water Contamination

10/4/2019 (Permalink)

rushing water in hawaii field Water after a flood can be or become highly contaminated, leave the cleanup to the professionals, call SERVPRO to handle all restoration services.

Black Water Is Often a Threat To Health After Flood

What is this water and why should it be avoided?

After experiencing a flood in Waialua, HI dealing with any water damage from the flood should be priority. Before diving into the problem it is important to know about the associated dangers of black water. 

Black Water

Black water is hazardous and is presumed to house multiple contaminants. It may contain: 

  • Fecal matter 
  • Urine  
  • Used toilet paper 

Sewage systems frequently become compromised and leak after water damage. Black water can pose health threats to those who encounter the dirty liquid. 

Gray Water

Gray water often comes from washing machines, dishwashers, sinks and showers and is not as contaminated as black water. Though the water is not immediately as dangerous as black water, after 48 hours of contact with building surfaces, the water can become more hazardous. 

How can you stay safe from contaminated water? 

The best way to prevent any possible health hazards, limit your time exposed to the contaminated water. Instead of trying to handle the cleanup process yourself depend on our SERVPRO team to assess the damage and tackle the steps necessary for a thorough restoration of your home. 

Black water is a likely contaminant after a flood and is a  primary reason you should not deal with the water damage on your own. Contacting a professional team to assist with damage from flooding gives you greater protection from possible risks and increases the likelihood of positive outcomes.

If you have been affected by water damage call SERVPRO at (808)744-2730. We specialize in restoration and reconstruction services for fire damage, mold, and storms. Call today for an inspection.

Kailua Cinemas Calls on SERVPRO for Water Damage

10/2/2019 (Permalink)

store front of Kailua Cinemas Kailua Cinemas trusts SERVPRO to handle their commercial services.

Local Movie Theater Suffers Water Damage

Water flooded the bottom of one of the theater rooms in the Kailua Cinemas movie theater due to a storm. The water came flooding in the emergency exit and filled the bottom of the theater with about and inch of water. As most theaters are, the bottom of the theater is at a lower level then than the rest of the room. Meaning the water didn't spread very far throughout the room. It collected in one area that just so happened to be concrete. The water did not set into the ground and our technicians were able to remove all water very easily. a few fans and dehumidifiers were placed around the bottom of the theater to prevent any further possible damages, and possible microbial growth. The theater owners were very pleased with the speed of the whole process and plan on using our services if the need ever arises in the future.

If you are in need of restoration services call our SERVPRO team at (808)744- 2730. They specialize in commercial or household cleaning, as well as restoration and reconstruction services for mold, fire damage, floods, and storms. Call today for an inspection.

Rain Leaks Through Roof in Mililani Home

10/2/2019 (Permalink)

square whole in portion of ceiling Damages to this roof was caused by storm damages to this Mililani home's roof.

Before SERVPRO's Services To Storm Damage in Mililani Home

Depicted in the photo is before our SERVPRO team had provided reconstruction services to this Mililani home. With damage to their roof, water from the rains had been leaking into their home through their ceiling. After SERVPRO technicians checked the ceiling we determined the best route to restore their ceiling would be to tear out the affected areas in the ceiling and replace that portion of the ceiling entirely. The home owners were very grateful for our teams communication of each service that would be provided. They were also appreciative of our teams polite and courteous conduct while restoring their home. Their kitchen turned out amazing, there were no visible seams and all damages were repaired. Home owners said "You can't even tell we had a huge hole in our ceiling!"

If you are in need of restoration services call our SERVPRO team at (808)744- 2730. They specialize in commercial or household cleaning, as well as restoration and reconstruction services for mold, fire damage, floods, and storms. Call today for an inspection.