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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.

<h2damage">Water Damage

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.

How to Create a Storm Safety Plan | SERVPRO® of Central Honolulu

5/19/2022 (Permalink)

Hawaii Storm Pic If you discover storm damage to your home or business, reach out to SERVPRO of Central Honolulu right away.

Severe weather can create hazardous circumstances and result in significant damage to houses and infrastructure. Weather-related damages frequently have financial ramifications. The United States spent at least $1 billion on weather-related damages in 2021, demonstrating how costly storm disasters can be.

Here in Honolulu, we are more at risk for water-related natural disasters such as tsunamis, hurricanes and flooding. It is important to know the types of disasters that are more likely to occur in our area to know how to best prepare for incoming storms.

Storms can be dangerous to both your safety and wallet—and while we can’t control the weather, we can learn how to better prepare for storms when they do happen. One way to prepare for bad weather is to have a storm safety plan in place.

Prepare an Emergency Kit

In the event of a storm, emergency kits are vital to have on hand. Water, nonperishable food, a first-aid kit, functional flashlights and backup batteries should all be included in your emergency bag. Ensure that your emergency kit is stored in a location that is easily accessible from your shelter.

Create a Communication Plan

When a storm strikes, having a communication strategy in place for all members of your household or business is critical. In the event of a weather-related emergency, communication plans with emergency phone numbers, marked evacuation routes and shelter information can be useful.

Consider creating a dedicated “safe zone” in your house or office to shelter from bad weather, as well as a check-in system for parties to report when they are safe.

Prepare Your Home, Inside and Out

By taking efforts to prepare your house or company for a storm, you can lessen the risk of avoidable damage. Begin by securing windows and doors and inspecting the exterior of your structure for loose items that could be blown away during the storm.

Next, make sure your roof and gutters are in good functioning order and that there are no leaks. Installing DIY storm shutters to protect against rain and severe winds can also be beneficial.

It is critical to know who to call for assistance in the event that damages occur. SERVPRO of Central Honolulu has your back with a dependable team of professional restoration technicians. We’re available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to restore your home to “Like it never even happened.”

Finally, take time to review your storm safety plan and how it worked for your house or business. Gather any necessary supplies, revise your communication plans and be ready for the next storm.

If you discover storm damage to your home or business, you can count on SERVPRO to handle the restoration. We’re here 247 to spring into action—get in touch with us today.

When You Need a Helping Hand, Trust SERVPRO® of Central Honolulu

5/5/2022 (Permalink)

The Team SERVPRO of Central Honolulu

There’s more to SERVPRO than general cleanup, restoration or construction services. When even the biggest natural or man-made disasters happen, we’re here to help.

Living on an island means the weather is often unpredictable, and you never know when the perfect surfing wave could turn into something more dangerous. When water or other forces strike your home or business, you can trust SERVPRO to restore your safe space back to preloss condition.

Flooding can happen at any time, and it can inflict catastrophic damage, whether it’s an inch or a foot deep. In fact, floods cause more than $10 billion in damages nationwide every year.

If you’re a home or business owner, you will likely encounter flooding issues, but don’t worry! SERVPRO has the tools to deal with the damages. We’ll help you understand the severity of the damage so you’re able to make the right choice for restoration.

We have the tools to detect hidden moisture and extract standing water. We’ll also work with you to create a water damage repair plan that ensures your home is clean, dry and returned to its preloss state.

A fire department in the United States responds to a fire every 23 seconds, and there was roughly $8.1 billion in direct property damage and losses nationwide in 2020. If your home or business has sustained fire damage, we’ll jump right into action with our seven-step restoration process.

This starts with an inspection and damage assessment and progresses through all the necessary, in-between steps before starting repairs and construction.

Storms can bring about anything from floods and wildfires to tornadoes, hurricanes and blizzards.

In Hawaii, storms often quickly lead to flooding. For example, in March 2021, heavy rain led to a devastating series of floods that led to a tremendous amount of damage to the entire state. These severe flash floods triggered a state of emergency in Hawaii. Rain fell at more than three inches per hour, totaling 20 inches in spots.

Storm and water damage can affect not only the structure of your home but your belongings as well. SERVPRO specializes in content restoration, with the mindset of restoring rather than replacing.

Some of our services include dry, wet, foam and abrasive cleaning. If your home requires more extensive cleaning, we also offer move-out services. Our goal is to get you back into your newly restored house as quickly as possible.

What Sets SERVPRO Apart?

We’re there when you need us. You can reach out to a SERVPRO expert via our 247 Emergency Line day or night and receive immediate assistance.

Our experts in green are part of the No. 1 cleanup and restoration team in the nation with more than 50 years of experience. We’re locally owned and operated, but we’re also backed by a network of more than 1,900 locations around the United States, so you can rest assured we’ll have your home or business back to “Like it never even happened,” status as quickly as possible.

Regardless of the type of damage sustained, SERVPRO has the tools and teams to help your home or business recover from its disastrous effects. Contact us anytime when you need a dependable team to help you rebuild your life.

Our Local Rugby Team

5/3/2022 (Permalink)

Laei Rhinos Laei Rhinos Team Pic

On the Island of Oahu Hawaii there is a large mix of Islanders from Various Polynesians Islands. From the Islands of, Tonga, Tahiti, and Samoa. SERVPRO of Kailua over the years has recruited within these communities including the BYU campus in La’ie HI for hard dedicated workers for its mitigation team. Laie is a laid-back coastal area known for luau feasts at the Polynesian Cultural Center. Hukilau Beach Park has calm waters for summer swimming (May–October), while the big waves of La’ie Beach Park, or Pounders Beach, draw surfers all year round. Inland, the Laie Falls Trail leads to a waterfall, and the grand Laie Hawaii Temple sits on manicured grounds. Shrimp trucks line the roadside in nearby Kahuku. Several of our employees are also on the Storm Team which travels all over the US for emergency storm damage. Recently some of our employees joined the local Hawaiian Pacific Islanders Rugby Organization as the La’ie Rhinos.

Commercial Storm Work-Maui

5/2/2022 (Permalink)

Grand Wailea Grand Wailea-Maui

In December of 2021 The Islands of Hawaii were hit by a tropical storm, the storm traveled first to the Big Island then Maui.  The storm hit Maui with sever thunderstorms heavy rain flooded roads and buildings. When the storm struck the Grand Wailea in Maui this beautiful resort took a huge multi-million dollar hit. Storm team SERVPRO got the call and when they reached out to our team we immediately sent a team over to access the Resort. This commercial structure had taken a direct hit by the storm. With roofs collapsed, the spa filled with water and mold began to set in immediately. Within a week we had a Storm Team of 15 flying back and forth between Oahu and Maui daily. We drop shipped 25 pallets of equipment and had all of it set up within 7 days of the storm hitting. Our Storm team spent 3 months performing mitigation on the Grand Wailea, pulling out damaged contents and drying the resort out. This was the largest commercial project to date for our Storm Team. No commercial job is to big or to small for us to handle. Our Storm Team will travel all over the US for jobs.

Water Damage Follows This Timeline

4/20/2022 (Permalink)

Water Damage No matter the damage sustained, SERVPRO of Central Honolulu has the tools and team to help your home return to a normal state quickly.

You may have noticed your bathroom sink leaks every once in a while. No big deal, right? Wrong! You should never underestimate the havoc water can wreak on your home.

The average household leak can waste up to 10,000 gallons of water in a year.

Any water damage your home may be experiencing progresses rapidly, penetrating floors, walls and soft surfaces. The best way to react is to address the issue as soon as possible before it can get worse. Here’s a timeline of how quickly the damage can set in.

The First 24 Hours

Your Central Honolulu home has a one in four chance of encountering flood damage within a 30-year period in a high-risk area. Knowing what to do next is essential.

Immediately after, within the first 24 to 48 hours, certain items will immediately fall victim to water’s disastrous effects.

Upholstered furnishings and wood structures can swell as a result of moisture. Fragile items, such as books and photographs, may become warped beyond repair. This is also when mold first starts to develop, which means it’s vital to take action within this time period.

The experts at SERVPRO of Central Honolulu specialize in restoration, and we want to make sure you save money and your precious keepsakes! Those are the items that can’t be replaced. We will make sure to let you know if there are any items that cannot be saved.

Within the First Week

After the first 24 hours, water damage will progress further and quickly. If excessive moisture is present, mold will spread exponentially. If mold begins to grow, it can even cause structural damage to your home.

Any porous surfaces in your home like wood or walls will begin to show the damage, as they’re compromised by the moisture. Metal surfaces in your home will start corroding as well.

In a Week

It’s never a good idea to let water damage progress this far. Letting the moisture sit for an extended period of time could cause irreversible damage. As time goes on, the costs and efforts to restore the structure will increase significantly, and the risks associated with structural damage are greater.

How SERVPRO Can Help You

Here’s what you need to know about our restoration process: The journey begins with the first call. It’s optimal if you call within the first 24 hours, so we can provide you with the best results possible.

Our service work then begins with a thorough extraction of the water in your home. That way we can prevent the spread of water throughout the structure and reduce drying time.

Next, your home will likely need a full cleaning, including sanitation and deodorization. Lucky for you, our specialists are experts who will come equipped with industry-leading drying equipment to remove the water you can’t see.

Lastly, your home may require construction work to get back to its preloss condition, but we’re prepared to handle anything from minor repairs to rebuilding entire areas of your home.

We can simplify the restoration process by handling both the initial damage mitigation and rebuilding the affected areas. SERVPRO will keep you up to date on every step and have you back in your home or business in no time.

Regardless of the type of water damage sustained, SERVPRO has the tools and teams to help your home or business recover. Contact us 247 when you need a dependable team to help you recover.

Benefits In Choosing SERVPRO for Large Loss Events

4/7/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of Central Honolulu meets Commercial Large Loss Standards.

Available 24/7

Storms and other disasters can strike at any time of the day or night, so we are ready to help as we’re needed

Commercial Large Loss Division

Our Disaster Recovery Teams are composed of elite technicians who have the training and resources to handle large-loss events for industries that have included hospitals, universities, and government facilities.

Strategically Located

We have more trained and certified technicians than any of our competitors at more than 1,900 locations in the United States and Canada. This gives us a larger network of professionals, supplies and equipment to get the job done, regardless of size.

Personal Attention

Each large loss project is managed by a project manager from your local SERVPRO location. They’re backed by the SERVPRO headquarters operations team to help you have the smoothest restoration experience possible

Easier Insurance Claims Process

SERVPRO will help you navigate the insurance claims process and coordinate the necessary paperwork for a quicker, easier experience.

Preparing Before an Emergency Strikes

Since you never know when an emergency will come, preparing ahead of time can save you a lot of stress if it does happen. You can sign up for SERVPRO’s Emergency Ready Profile for your business or commercial property. You’ll work with your local SERVPRO professional to come up with a plan of action in the event of an emergency or large-loss event. You can also ask about our other related services including the Priority Response Service, pre-staged power services, tarping, sandbagging and more.

How Important Is Flood Preparation When You Live on an Island?

4/5/2022 (Permalink)

Flood Floods on Island

When you’re living on an island, it’s difficult to predict when a tidal wave could occur, impacting your home and livelihood. Perhaps, you have recently suffered some sort of flooding in your home.

It’s easy to pass off a little water, considering flooding is the most common natural disaster in the U.S. and its territories. However, you may not have know it claims more lives per year than hurricanes, tornadoes or lighting. Not to mention, flooding can impact anywhere from one home to an entire island.

There are actually several similarities among types of flooding and the causes behind them. The categories of flooding can be broken down into three types: flash floods, river floods and coastal floods.

3 Types of Natural Flooding

Flash floods occur when heavy rain passes or sits over an area and hinders the ground’s ability to contain all the moisture. Excess water runs off and takes garbage cans, cars and more with it.

River floods can happen when there’s too much water for a river’s banks to hold, the water spills over the sides and causes destruction.

Coastal floods happen in areas next to large bodies of water, such as islands. When a storm comes through, it can cause ocean or gulf levels to rise to flood levels.

4 Typical Reasons Behind Natural Flooding

Heavy rainfall. Heavy storms that sit and rest over an area for a long time can cause flash floods or river flooding. Urban areas are more at risk for rain floods, because there’s a lack of soil to soak up all the water.

Oceanic activity. Storm surges, hurricanes and rising tides can cause water levels to rise in waves, which can wreak havoc in coastal communities, such as Honolulu.

Dams and levees failing. The most notable example of this in recent history would be the disastrous levee breaks during 2005’s Hurricane Katrina. Levees and dams fail when cracks occur or excess pressure overtakes the dam’s ability to contain the surge of water behind it.

Snowmelts and ice dams. In other states where heavy snow and prolonged freezing temperatures are common, snow and ice can build up over several months. When they start to melt, it can cause flowing waters, which damage nearby communities. Ice dams or ice jams occurs when ice traveling downstream blocks the path, causing the banks to overflow.

Whether you have experienced coastal flooding or a flash flood, SERVPRO has the resources to assist your home or business in the reconstruction process. Contact us anytime when flooding or water damage makes a mess in your life.

Asbestos Abatement Honolulu, Oahu: Testing Removal & Cleaning

3/22/2022 (Permalink)

Asbestos Abatement & Removal: Honolulu, Oahu Asbestos abatement cleaning

Asbestos abatement is the process of removing or mitigating the effects caused by asbestos. Asbestos has been used in literally thousands of construction materials on Oahu, commonly referred to as asbestos-containing materials.

Unfortunately, asbestos has been found to pose serious health conditions when its fibers become loose, or airborne. SERVPRO of Central Honolulu is certified and licensed to perform asbestos testing, abatement and removal to ensure the safety of people in a home or building.

Call us at 808-744-2730 for a FREE Onsite Estimate.

4 Reasons to choose us...

  • 24/7 No Charge Inspection Fee. We will come out any time of day to inspect your home or business at no charge to you.
  • Family Owned. We're local to Honolulu and we've been in business for over 8 years.
  • Licensed, Bonded, and Insured. We are licensed, bonded, and insured to perform asbestos testing, removal, and cleaning locally in Hawaii.  
  • 5 Star Google Rating. We have over 150 combined Google reviews between our Kailua and Central Honolulu locations. 

Asbestos Testing

  • First, determine when your home, or building was constructed. Asbestos was banned by the US Government in 1978. Structures on Oahu may have used asbestos in the construction process through 1989. It's a good rule of thumb to have an asbestos abatement company test if you suspect asbestos.
  • Second, see if there are signs of disturbed asbestos materials. Look for warning signs of degrading construction materials. Worn-out and disintegrating pipes, walls, insulation, vinyl flooring and other materials. When asbestos is undisturbed and intact, it can often be kept in place with minimal risk of exposure. But when it starts to break down and the fibers are released in the air, it becomes toxic.
  • Third, call an asbestos testing or abatement company to have the materials tested. You can check for signs of asbestos on your own, but testing should be done by a certified professional using special equipment. If asbestos is present, hire a contractor to repair or remove the materials that contain it to ensure the safety of people using the building.

*Inspections should always be done if there are asbestos concerns.

Asbestos Removal

Removing asbestos-containing materials without testing beforehand is a more dangerous and intrusive. Once the asbestos is airborne, breathing the toxic material can cause scarring to the tissue of the lungs and even lead to cancer.

When you have a water damage to a home or structure, a demolition, or a renovation where asbestos is suspected - you must first have the materials tested to ensure safety.

Calling a licensed asbestos abatement contractor

Asbestos abatement contractors are trained and licensed in handling asbestos. You could collect the sample on your own, but you would still have to give the samples to an EPA-certified laboratory.

SERVPRO of Central Honolulu is a licensed asbestos contractor located in Oahu. We can help you with asbestos testing, removal, and cleaning. We will ensure the safety of the people in your home or building. 

Call us at 808-744-2730 or click the REQUEST HELP ONLINE button at the top of this page to request service or to request a call back.