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Control Moisture Now to Prevent Mold Later

6/21/2021 (Permalink)

If mold is left untreated, the repairs become increasingly costly. The best way to handle mold spores is to tackle them early on before any damage can be caused. 

Some types of mold can affect the structural integrity of your home and some types are even dangerous to human health. All mold growth needs moisture to grow. By managing humidity in your commercial building now, you can save yourself time and money later. 

SERVPRO of Central Honolulu offers these tips to help prevent the growth of mold:

  • Clean spills or leaks quickly
  • Make sure roof gutters are in good shape
  • Don’t let water collect around the house foundation
  • Don’t let water collect in the air-conditioner drip pans
  • Keep drains clear
  • Use exhaust fans
  • Use air conditioners and/or dehumidifiers
  • Use the bathroom fan when you shower
  • Appliances should vent to the outside. Even stoves, washers, and dryers produce water vapor
  • Increase air movement
    • Open doors & windows
    • Use fans
  • Insulate cold surfaces like water pipes
  • Keep the temperature comfortable

If you need help controlling moisture or mold growth in your home, remember to call SERVPRO of Central Honolulu! 

Heavy Rains Don't Have to Lead to Home Rain Damage

6/21/2021 (Permalink)

bright blue rain splashing into a pool of water If you need help dealing with any damage caused by water, contact SERVPRO of Central Honolulu today and experience the SERVPRO difference.

Spring is a beautiful time in Honolulu. Weather is pleasant, the jacaranda trees are in full bloom, and it just feels like life has a new freshness to it.

The beauty of nature beckons us once more to leave the living room and enjoy some fresh air, and we’ll take any old excuse to do it.

There are also many social events outside which involve the time-honored tradition of barbecuing. Graduation parties, gender reveals, church functions and family reunions all call for some steaks, wings or veggies to be smoking in the background.

But this increase in backyard activity also means an increase in home fires. In fact, spring sees more daily fires on average than any other time of year. So as the season gets into full swing, let’s go over a few basics you should be handling to make sure your spring and summer are fire-safe.

The grill. Grills get the finger pointed at them first for spring home fires, but they’ve earned the stereotype. The combination of high heat and flammable materials, sometimes even an open flame, give fires an easy place to manifest. Make sure your grill is in good working order with no leaks or weaknesses in the structure, keep it away from anything flammable (including decking or siding), and clean it thoroughly when you’re finished. Almost 20% of grill fires are due to poor cleaning.

The fire pit. Backyard conversations around the fire pit are a regular occurrence during these months, but make sure you’re doing it safely. Have a bucket of water within arm’s reach to douse any dancing flames, and use it to slowly and safely put out the fire when you’re done. Embers should be cool to the touch before you go inside. Also, don’t use leaves or pine needles in your fire, because they create lots of tiny embers that can travel easily on the wind. Never leave fires unattended, and never leave children or pets by the fire alone.

Chimneys and dryer vents. It’s rare for homes in our area to have fireplaces, but if you do, take steps to care for it now. Instead of waiting until fall, clean your chimney out now that winter is over, and get rid of soot and ash buildup inside that creates a fire hazard. And clean your dryer’s vent pipe, ensuring no lint has caked inside—that stuff goes up in flames quickly.

If you encounter fire damage at your home or business, no matter the cause, your local SERVPRO agents will be there faster and have it cleaned up sooner. Call or click today

Advanced SERVPRO technology can restore your property faster!

6/7/2021 (Permalink)

A thermal imaging camera finding excess moisture in a customers home before mitigation SERVPRO of Central Honolulu utilizing equipment to find hidden damage

Should disaster ever strike your home and cause damage, you'll find yourself busy with plenty of new tasks that need completing. When you call SERVPRO of Central Honolulu you can rest easy knowing that we will clean and store your belongings, mitigate the damage, restore your property with new materials when necessary, and work with your insurance company to get it all done! This way you can focus on your family and get back to a regular schedule as fast as possible.  Ever wonder how SERVPRO is able to clean so thoroughly? Check out our before and after page to see some examples. We are capable of getting the best results because we use the best technology. For example, take a look at this Thermal Imaging Camera. This non-invasive tool helps us find moisture that may have seeped through grout. At SERVPRO Of Central Honolulu we will clean meticulously to prevent bacteria and microbial growth.  Call us at (808) 235-5015 so that we can get started on your project! 

What to do when your home finds fire and smoke damage?

6/2/2021 (Permalink)

A photo of a customers home with our SERVPRO team working on the cleaning SERVPRO of Central Honolulu servicing a home after fire and smoke damage

Localized fires can be caused by big or small household appliances. Small appliances that receive daily use easily become fire-starters simply from normal wear and tear. 

 Bathroom fires can be started by any appliance that develops a frayed cord. When they do, these bathroom items can become deadly shock-hazards. When a cord remains plugged in, sparking and subsequent ignition is a risk that can leave any family devastated.
 
Prevention is said to be easier than repairing and restoring fire damage, but even the most diligent people still experience this kind of catastrophe. Knowing that SERVPRO has the technicians with proper training, certification, and experience in all sizes of restoration gives you the reassurance needed when disaster strikes you and your family. When a fire happens in a small room, the blaze might remain there, but this occurs in few cases. In most situations, fire spreads quickly, especially when the home is unoccupied. Regardless of how large or small a fire is, smoke spreads into every open area in a home, leaving behind a horrible scent that can last indefinitely.
 
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. Our services also include removal, and restoration of all burnt materials, refinishing and repainting of walls and ceilings and deodorization. When we finish, your family can return to a home that looks and feels “Like it never even happened.”
 
We recognize that your home is of vital importance to your family, and we work hard each time to ensure we work both quickly and thoroughly to restore your property to livable standards.

SERVPRO of Central Honolulu is IICRC Certified

5/27/2021 (Permalink)

Central Honolulu IICRC Badge As an IICRC certified inspector, cleaner, and installer, you can rest easy knowing that SERVPRO of Central Honolulu will get the job done right!

Who is the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)? 


The IICRC is a globally recognized, non-profit organization that sets standards for inspection, cleaning, restoration and installation. Designed to help consumers identify exceptional providers, the IICRC awards firms that display exceptional services. SERVPRO of Central Honolulu is honored to be one of the select businesses to receive this award. 
 

SERVPRO of Central Honolulu technicians have completed courses provided by SERVPRO and the IICRC in order to gain a thorough and diversified training experience. In addition to standard SERVPRO training, here is a list of IICRC courses that SERVPRO Central Honolulu teammates have passed: 

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Applied Microbial Remediation
  • Applied Structural Drying
  • Carpet Cleaning
  • Fire and Smoke Restoration
  • Odor Control
  • Contents processing

With our existing relationship with the IICRC, SERVPRO of Central Honolulu is proud to continue serving our community with the greatest care and quality. Give us a call so we can get started on your project!

It's never too early to prepare for the next storm

5/26/2021 (Permalink)

Photo of hurricane from satellite Prepare for hurricane season early!

When a storm is headed to the islands all of your neighbors will be running to local grocers and hardware stores to prepare. Now is a great time to prepare before storm season while time and resources are ample. 


Unsure where to start? Here are a few tips 

  • Hurricane clips 
    • Many roofs in Hawaii are not prepared for a heavy wind storm. Hurricane clips connect your roof to wall structure and are designed to withstand the upward pressure that a hurricane can put on your roof. Consider installing them on your home this summer. 
  • Yard maintenance 
    • By keeping up with yard work now, you can save yourself a hassle later. You can protect your home by getting rid of dried out and dead flora in your area. 
  • Secure windows and other glass 
    • Clearly, windows are a vulnerable part of your home. They need to be secured before a storm and this can take some time and effort. Do it early before the storm is on the way. 

Water damage after business hours? Call SERVPRO of Central Honolulu!

5/25/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment on shelves in the warehouse SERVPRO equipment in the warehouse ready to work on your project

Accidents happen and it seems that misfortune strikes at the most inconvenient times. In the middle of the night, while you're off island, on weekends and holidays, rely on SERVPRO of Central Honolulu to restore your home! 
We have a warehouse full of the proper equipment needed for water damage; and we have the team to get the job done right. Initial damage can lead to secondary damage if left untreated. The more time that moisture is present leads to more repairs that will be needed. Getting to the job quickly is important and it's our specialty! 
Call SERVPRO of Central Honolulu as soon as possible so that we can make sure to restore your property. 
To learn more about the timeline after a water incident, take a look at our 24 Hour Emergency Service page. 

 

Any size disaster, SERVPRO if Central Honolulu can get there faster!

5/24/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO responding to water damage in Kahuku hotel SERVPRO Equipment working to mitigate water damage in a large hotel building

At SERVPRO of Central Honolulu, we have a team with the expertise, equipment and skill to restore even the largest commercial spaces. Call our 24/7 line when you have a need of a commercial cleanup or restoration.

COMMERCIAL RESTORATION SERVICES

When your business suffers from water or fire damage it's important to get up and running as soon as possible! We understand that every day spent in mitigation and restoration is a day that your business isn't able to operate. It's our job at SERVPRO of Central Honolulu to restore your building "Like it never even happened," so that you can get back to managing your business. Learn more about all our commercial restoration services here .

COMMERCIAL CLEANING SERVICES

We also provide routine cleaning services for commercial buildings. Office buildings are not impervious to normal wear and tear. Buildings occasionally require deep cleaning services that isn't covered by regular janitorial services. Call SERVPRO of Central Honolulu to discuss your annual commercial building cleaning needs, or click here for more information on the web.

Popcorn Ceiling Collapses

1/5/2021 (Permalink)

hazardous asbestos Ceiling collapses after water damage in an upstairs unit leaks to the lower unit.

Water intrusion can happen when you least expect it. This photo shows water damage to a ceiling caused by the unit above. The water came down and the weight forced the ceiling to collapse. As you can see, the ceiling was textured with popcorn texture. In many situations popcorn texture contains asbestos. The professionals at SERVPRO were able to clean up the mess from the drywall collapsing as well as contain the asbestos fibers that were knocked loose by the damage.  SERVPRO offers asbestos and mold abatement services.  SERVPRO specializes in containing hazardous materials and thoroughly removing any airborne fibers by use of negative air chambers.  Asbestos is extremely dangerous and can cause many health problems in the human respiratory system. With proper containment and negative air machines, the professionals at SERVPRO can tackle any abatement project.

Water Damage in the Office

1/5/2021 (Permalink)

water damaged carpet Wet floors at work.

Water damage occurs when it is least expected. Water damage in an office can lead to loss of business. The professionals at SERVPRO promise to have a professional on-site within an hour of receiving a phone call. SERVPRO will arrive promptly and use every resource available to address the issue and get a business back up and operating. This photo shows water in an office space. SERVPRO extracted the water from the carpet while allowing the workers to continue to do their jobs. The drying equipment is noisy, but with proper ducting techniques, it is possible to contain the noise to one area, and still achieve the drying process. When possible SERVPRO can eliminate any inconvenience to allow businesses to stay operational throughout the restoration process. When prompt and customized service is needed, call the professionals at SERVPRO.