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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.

Disastrous Water Main Break in Century Park Plaza Affects 23 Floors

10/2/2019 (Permalink)

two green SERVPRO fans and one dehumidifier  strategically placed in century park plaza hallway 23 Floors were affected by a water main break in the Century Park Plaza. SERVPRO truly is "Faster to any size disaster."

SERVPRO of Central Honolulu Handles 23 Floors Affected By Water Damage

With a large water main break in the Century Park Plaza 26 floors were affected. 23 Of which SERVPRO provided services to. Our teams treated all of the 23 floors common areas. We tested each wall, ceiling, door frame, carpet, and affected furniture. We provided fans, dehumidifiers and treatment to each floor as needed. Our team worked side by side other restoration companies to provide the greatest services and restoration for all of the residents in this commercial building. Thank you to our teams flexibility and team planning we were able to restore the building to it's original - non-damaged state. It was an honor to restore this building. The managers were beyond grateful for our teams time and courteous manners.

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.

How To Ensure The Most Efficient Recovery Process In Your Business

10/1/2019 (Permalink)

one foot of water flooding small conference room To ensure the fastest recovery process work with SERVPRO technicians throughout the process of your commercial business.

How To Ensure The Quickest Recovery In Your Commercial Business

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 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

Commercial Businesses Use SERVPRO of Central Honolulu

10/1/2019 (Permalink)

store front of Ross building Ross in Honolulu suffered from a bio-hazard, SERVPRO was able to restore their business within hours.

Ross in Honolulu Calls SERVPRO to Solve 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 to set, or seep 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 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)235- 5015. 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

Who Knew Doing a Simple Chore Could Cause a Devastating House Fire

10/1/2019 (Permalink)

 melted kitchen cabinets with heavy soot settled on counter tops The kitchen in this Kapolei home suffered traumatic loss due to a kitchen fire started in the oven.

Young Boy Turns on "Oven Clean" Button on Stove - Fire Grows to Devastate

Our SERVPRO team received a call to perform restoration services for this Kapolei home after a disastrous house fire. A young man had been given a few chores to complete before leaving home for football practice that evening. One of these chores being to clean the inside of the oven. He hit the "clean oven" button assuming it would get the job done. Little did he know his mother had stored kitchen utensils in the oven. These utensils caught fire, and soon spread to the rest of the kitchen and surrounding walls. After returning home from practice they found fire trucks and firemen had put out the fire in their home. Simply attempting to do chores before football practice resulted in a drastic fire. Our SERVPRO team had to remove all belongings as well as tear out nearly every wall in the home and rebuild as well. 

If you have suffered from fire damage in your home, call our team at SERVPRO (808)744-2730. We specialize in restoration and reconstruction services for fire damage, mold, and storms. Call today for an inspection.

Does Your Insurance Truly Cover All Storm Damage For Your Honolulu Properties?

9/11/2019 (Permalink)

Small stream of water coming from ceiling. Seemingly small leaks in your ceiling will lead to much larger damages that your insurance will not cover.

Make Sure You are Aware of What Coverage Your Insurance Provides

Flooding is common throughout the state of Hawaii. Our rainy season is November to March, taking up almost half a year. Flooding and storm damage is particularly common for local Honolulu homes and businesses. Many Hawaii residents, and business owners find themselves refusing to assess “minor damages” due to financial hardships, which proves to be counterproductive when seeking the most cost efficient way of keeping your home safe, and up-kept throughout the year. To ensure your property is receiving the best care as well as protecting your wallet if disaster strikes follow our SERVPRO recommended steps.

Check What Your Insurance Does NOT Cover With Flooding Damage

Most insurance companies do not cover flooding damage when the water runs into a home from outside. This means if any rushing or flooding water outside were to enter your home through a door, window, or crack the insurance may not cover the damages. Insurance companies do NOT cover water damage if the water enters over the threshold of your home, meaning if the water comes in through your front door damages will not be covered. Call and check with your insurance company to inquire what damages they will cover. In the case, your insurance will not cover these damages take comfort in knowing there are steps you can take to prevent your home from suffering from flood damages. Have your home prepared with sandbags, and a sump pump to prevent water from entering your home. Also, be sure to keep on maintenance in your home to prevent possible situations your insurance won’t cover. 

Do NOT Overlook a “Small” Leak 

Do not look past a small leak coming from your ceiling. Keep up the maintenance of your property throughout the year. Insurance companies will decline to pay for storm damages if your property has had ongoing issues you did not take care of that cause damage to your home or business.

Check with your property and contact your insurance company to make certain you are prepared and aware of what needs to be done if your property is in danger of flooding.

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.

Family Preparation Steps For Storm Damage in Your Makiki Home

9/11/2019 (Permalink)

Hand writing plan on a piece of paper. Talk with you family and create a plan for your family if a storm were to arise.

Preparing for a Storm: Part 1

SERVPRO of Central Honolulu is timely and will immediately will dispatch a team to your storm damaged Makiki home.  Our team of experts will arrive to your home soon, but your health and safety are our main priorities. While you wait for help to arrive, follow these tips to keep you protected while facilitating a more rapid recovery:

Communicate Preparation

  • Discuss preparedness with your family
  • Identify an out-of-state contact in the case you are separated.
  • Teach children how and when to call 911
  • Have emergency contact numbers near the phones in your home
  • Teach small children how to use a cell phone

Evacuation

  • Determine two escape routes from each room in your home
  • Pick three places to meet - 
    • One right outside your home in case of a sudden emergency
    • One location in your neighborhood if your property isn't safe
    • A regional meeting place if you can't return home for example a local store or coffee shop

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.