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In Oahu, mold can spread through a home in as little as 48 hours.

7/1/2019 (Permalink)

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

This Rental property had a slow leak in a drain line, when the plumber came to fix the leak, he opened up the drywall to access the pipe and found mold. The owner then contacted us to assess the damage. We found the mold had spread throughout the guest bathroom, living room, and master bathroom. We removed and abated all affected materials, and restored the property to preloss condition.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (808) 744-2730

Oahu Residents: We Specialize in Flooded Bathroom Cleanup and Restoration!

6/12/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Oahu Residents: We Specialize in Flooded Bathroom Cleanup and Restoration! Mold can spread to adjacent walls

A bathroom can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Bathrooms are inherently prone to flooding because they have multiple water supply lines and water drainage pipes. There are a number of reasons why your basement could flood, including:

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more

In this particular case this bathroom’s water supply-line to the toilet had a small leak. The leak affected the wall behind the toilet and the sink. The leak was small enough that it went unnoticed for some time allowing the water to spread underneath the tile flooring. The water spread to the wall across from the toilet and sink, which was shared with the daughter’s back closet wall. The water also spread into the shared wall of the master bathroom. Since the water was not noticeable to the eye, mold was able to grow. The homeowner noticed some discoloration behind his toilet and gave us a call. Upon inspection we were able to track the water into the daughter’s closet and to their master bathroom. We performed mold remediation services which included removing affected drywall, removing the sink vanity, removing the tile flooring, and remediating the mold left on the wooden framework. After we finished the removal of all affected materials and cleaned up the areas, we called in a Hygienist to collect an air quality sample. The results came back showing a low spore count, thus passing the air quality standard which allowed the Homeowner began his remodel project on his two bathrooms.

Have Questions about Bathroom Flooding?

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If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded bathroom can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Central Honolulu and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Bathroom Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Bathroom Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help (808) 744-2730

Does Your Oahu Home Have A Mold Problem?

6/12/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Does Your Oahu Home Have A Mold Problem? Materials removed to abate mold

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

This Rental property had a slow leak in a drain line, when the plumber came to fix the leak, he opened up the drywall to access the pipe and found mold. The owner then contacted us to assess the damage. We found the mold had spread throughout the guest bathroom, living room, and master bathroom. We removed and abated all affected materials, and restored the property to preloss condition.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (808) 744-2730

Faster To Any Size Disaster

6/12/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Faster To Any Size Disaster Materials removed from bedroom

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Central Honolulu provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Central Honolulu arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – (808) 744-2730

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious bio-hazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and bio-hazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

Here is an Example of What We Did

A rental property in Kaneohe had a faulty water-supply line in the upstairs bathroom. The tenant was off island, so the leak was not detected until the tenant in the lower unit noticed discoloration on the ceiling. Upon inspection we found that the ceiling was saturated. We went upstairs and found that the flooring was beginning to cup and the lower wall drywall was saturated. We located the source in the bathroom. We began mitigation which included removing the ceramic tile in the bathroom, laminate flooring in the upstairs bedroom, and the lower 2 feet of drywall in the bedroom. We also had to remove the ceiling in the lower unit living room. We were successful at removing the affected materials and we were able to dry out the wood structure. We had our reconstruction team replace all removed materials. They reinstalled the ceiling, flooring, and sink vanity bringing a new life to the units affected.

About SERVPRO of Central Honolulu

SERVPRO of Central Honolulu specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

For Immediate Service in Oahu, Call SERVPRO of Central Honolulu

6/12/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage For Immediate Service in Oahu, Call SERVPRO of Central Honolulu With immediate response we can prevent the water from spreading to the surrounding areas

We received a call about an accident that just occurred. The kitchen sink faucet was turned on, but then forgotten about, and the water was running long enough for the sink to fill up, and spill onto the floor. The tenant returned from running an errand to find the faucet running, and water spilling onto the carpet. The tenant immediately called us and we were able to get there within an hour. We were able to extract the water from the carpet before the water had a chance to spread throughout the rest of the house. Since they called us immediately we were able to mitigate the loss and no demolition or replacement of any materials was needed.

SERVPRO of Central Honolulu provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Oahu. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment

Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 – (808) 744-2730

Residential Services

Whether your home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us.  Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services
  • Building/Reconstruction Services

Commercial Services

There's never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business.

Oahu Residents: Follow These Safety Tips If You Suspect Sewage Water

6/12/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Oahu Residents:  Follow These Safety Tips If You Suspect Sewage Water Affected drywall removed

If you see visible sewage, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the bacteria throughout your home. When bacteria is disturbed, the bacteria can become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Central Honolulu for sewage water remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the area.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected sewage water.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.

We received a job in a condo in Salt Lake. The unit had a Sewage Drain pipe break. The Sewage Drain pipe leaked into their unit affecting their hallway, bathroom, and bedroom. Because the water was from a drain pipe it is considered category 3 water. Category 3 water is considered grossly contaminated, which means everything that is affected by category 3 water is considered unsalvageable. The pipe break was right above the floor. The water leaked across the top of the tile, and ran along the lower part of the drywall. Fortunately, the tile was sealed which stopped the water from getting underneath of it. Since the IICRC standard states that all affected materials are unsalvageable we had to perform a 2 foot flood cut on the drywall to remove the affected drywall. We also needed to remove the sink vanity because the bottom and sides were swollen. We performed services by removing all affected materials, bio-washing the floor to sanitize the tile, removing the affected drywall, and sanitizing the steel framing. Once all the procedures were complete and everything cleaned up, our reconstruction team was able to replace the drywall.

About Our Sewage Water Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Central Honolulu specializes in sewage water damage cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your water problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Sewage, Call Us Today – (808) 744-2730

Kitchen Fire

5/1/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Kitchen Fire Devastating Kitchen Fire

The tenant at this property was in a rush to get out the door and accidently left the burner.   The damaged all rooms of this Honolulu home. Our teams worked tirelessly to mitigate the damages. Today you can even tell there was ever a fire.

Hoarding, It's No Joke

5/1/2019 (Permalink)

Biohazard Hoarding, It's No Joke Statistics show 1 out of 7 homes are hoarders

Did you know that statistics show that 1 out of every 7 homes are hoarding homes?  We were called into this property to restore it after the owner had passed away. Hoarding is a disorder that can be accompanied by extreme filth and  infectious bacteria. 

Mold behind cabinets

5/1/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold behind cabinets Hidden mold found behind cabinets

This moldy wall was discovered after kitchen cabinets were removed. A leaky gasket on a dishwasher or a small crack in the ice maker line can slowly damage the walls or the floors of your home in hidden areas. It's these types of slow leaks that we see leading to mold damage quite regularly. Our technicians are trained to properly find all wet areas of your property, even the areas that are not yet visible, such as in wall cavities or behind cabinets. The faster we can get to the water damage the less likely the chances are that the water damage will turn into mold damage.

Don't let it happen to you

4/29/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Don't let it happen to you Leaky Pipes, Big Problems

Pipes are everywhere, in our homes, businesses, warehouses, shopping centers, schools etc. These vital parts of modern convince are critical for everyday life. However, if they malfunction, they can cause substantial water damage and unwanted interruption to your life or business. SERVPRO of Central Honolulu sees common factors in many of the floods that we mitigate. To lower your odds of suffering from a flood damage from these common factors follow these 3 helpful tips.

  1. Change out your water supply lines regularly. Supply lines from the toilet, washing machine, dish washer, refrigerator, etc. become brittle and leak or break completely allowing water damage in surrounding areas.
  2. Don’t ignore troublesome toilets, it could be a tell-tale sign of a bigger problem just waiting to happen. If your toilet isn’t working properly call your plumber now, it could save you from a sloshy, smelly, expensive mess.
  1. Consider shutting off your water supply if you are leaving town. Pipes that are not in use are still able to rupture and spill thousands of gallons of water into your property. Nobody wants to come home to a swimming pool in their living room.

If these unfortunate situations find their way into your world call on us. Mitigation professionals are here to help 24 hours a day.