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Beware of Dangerous "Red Flag" Weather This Weekend

8/27/2021 (Permalink)

A stock photo of a glowing wildfire at night In the event that your home suffers from fire or smoke damage, call SERVPRO of Central Honolulu 24/7 at  (808)235-5015

The trade winds are picking up and will continue with gusto through the weekend. Considering the high temperatures, low humidity and existing dry conditions, the leeward sides of all islands are under a Red Flag warning. You can read more about this weekends conditions here

Red Flag warnings are issued when the conditions are ideal for dry brush to catch and blow in the wind, which can cause the fire to grow larger. 

SERVPRO of Central Honolulu has a few reminders on fire safety to keep your family safe. 

  • Test smoke and carbon monoxide alarms 
  • Make sure your smoke alarm has a backup battery 
  • Use surge protectors 
  • Consider unplugging unused appliances 
  • Disconnect motor vehicle batteries in flood-prone areas
  • Review your home fire escape plan 
  • Teach children what smoke alarms sound like and what to do when they hear one 

Let SERVPRO Clean Your Space After a COVID-19 Case

8/27/2021 (Permalink)

A digital image of the COVID-19 virus When your business needs to get rid of COVID 19, call SERVPRO of Central Honolulu to get the job done safely!

Has your home or business hosted a person with COVID-19 by accident?

The virus can stay active on surfaces and should be thoroughly cleaned to prevent the spread of more cases. Call SERVPRO of Central Honolulu to clean your home or business. We have extensive knowledge and equipment to clean your space safely and effectively. 

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 address the current 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.

SERVPRO has helped many businesses on Oahu ensure the safe return of employees and customers with peace of mind. Let us help you! 

Local Walgreens Location Calls SERVPRO of Central Honolulu to Solve Mold Issue

8/27/2021 (Permalink)

A photo of our containment area established at the job site If you are in need of restoration services call our SERVPRO team at (808)235-5015

Walgreens, located in Honolulu, was affected by water damage that was left untreated and grew mold. Luckily the damages to this commercial building were isolated to just one room.

SERVPRO of Central Honolulu was able to identify all the mold present. Unfortunately the water had seeped into walls and therefore demolition was needed for full restoration. We established a containment area, removed the affected drywall and left air scrubbers overnight to help remove any leftover mold spores that may have loosened during demolition. This helps ensure that all the mold is gone before our reconstruction team comes to make the space "Like it never even happened."

If you are in need of restoration services call our SERVPRO team at (808)235-5015. We specialize in commercial and household cleaning, as well as restoration and reconstruction services for mold, fire damage, floods, and storms. Call today for an inspection.

Follow These Safety Tips If You Suspect Sewage Water

8/27/2021 (Permalink)

Drywall removed from the bottom half of a home to be replaced Affected drywall has been removed and will be replaced

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) 235-5015

How to Salvage Water Damaged Items

8/26/2021 (Permalink)

A photo of a clean, white room with a white couch that is flooded. The water is visibly rising into the sheetrock When you're in need of professional help cleaning your water damaged property, call SERVPRO of Central Honolulu

The damage caused by flooding can be quite extensive; often affecting the structure of the building, personal 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)235-5015.

What Makes SERVPRO Of Central Honolulu the Best Choice for Your Restoration

8/26/2021 (Permalink)

A portait style photo of Andy and Glenna Maras SERVPRO of Central Honolulu owners Glenna and Andy Maras

Our Owners: Andy and Glenna Maras

SERVPRO has national recognition, we are Faster to Any Size Disaster. SERVPRO is successful in satisfying customer expectations because of our national training. SERVPRO of Central Honolulu continues to exceed customer expectations because of the standards of our owners Andy and Glenna Maras.

Andy Maras and his wife, Glenna Maras, are the owners of two SERVPRO franchises on the island of Oahu. He and his wife Glenna co-owned and opened their first franchise 7 years ago. SERVPRO of Central Honolulu being their second franchise, they are well prepared, equipped and qualified to help you with any restoration services.

Andy has been in the construction industry for over 20 years. His knowledge, skill, and training can be attributed to his drive, work ethic, and compassion; all of which he expects his staff to practice. In building the franchise SERVPRO Central Honolulu and reporting to customers' homes alongside his staff, Andy has ensured the proper training, and greatest customer service and satisfaction. 

Glenna Maras, a mother of 5 and cleaning expert is family-oriented and diligent in paying attention to client homes in detail. Ask any crew member; Glenna will check, double check, and triple check all work done to the cleaning of each paper clip to make certain your home is restored with the uttermost care and expertise. 

SERVPRO of Central Honolulu has been built, and supported by our owners Andy and Glenna Maras, who consistently look for improvement and aim for nothing less than the best. Do not rely on sub-par restoration companies to restore your home. SERVPRO of Central Honolulu will restore your home in case of water, fire, mold, storm or commercial damage with nothing but the greatest care.

If your business has experienced any water, fire, mold, or storm damage call our SERVPRO team (808)-235-5015 today for an inspection.

Hurricane Season Is Upon Us... How To Prepare the Inside Of Your Home

7/29/2021 (Permalink)

An eerie photo of palm trees blowing in high winds atop a dark and stormy sky Take time to prepare for the next hurricane now

The beautiful islands of the Pacific don't often see damage from hurricanes, but it is still possible. Hurricane Iniki left over 6,000 homes damaged with displaced families. This devastation left a real impact on Hawaii families. Luckily, we have the time now to prepare before the next storm. Here are some recommendations from SERVPRO of Central Honolulu and FEMA. 

How to Prepare The Inside Of Your Home 

  • Review your insurance policy 
    • By understanding your coverage before the storm, you can save yourself some headache and anxiety during the heat of the storm allowing you to focus on what matters most. This can also provide help after the storm, if and when you need to file a claim. 
  • Document your homes contents now 
    • Take a few moments to take detailed photographs of your valuable possessions. Its also a good idea to walk through your home in a video to take note of the majority of your home. Photos and videos can be of great help so snap away! 
  • Protect windows and glass doors 
    • Reinforce windows with storm shutters to prevent windows from breaking under the high winds and possible debris. Another option is to add shatter-resistant film to windows. 
  • Build a Safe Room 
    • Even if your home is up to code, you may find comfort in adding a safe room for extra protection. A safe room is built to withstand higher pressures that can come with severe storms and is designed to protect you and your family. 

Please read more about these tips from FEMA at this link

Should you need help after a storm, contact your locally owned and operated SERVPRO of Central Honolulu as your trusted mitigation and restoration experts. Call us anytime at 808-235-8105. 

Hurricane Season Is Upon Us... How To Prepare the Outside Of Your Home

7/29/2021 (Permalink)

Coastal palm trees bending in the high winds Prepare for storms now to prevent damage later

The beautiful islands of the Pacific don't often see damage from hurricanes, but it is still possible. Hurricane Iniki left over 6,000 homes damaged with displaced families. This devastation left a real impact on Hawaii families. Luckily, we have the time now to prepare before the next storm. Here are some recommendations from SERVPRO of Central Honolulu and FEMA. 

How to Prepare The Outside Of Your Home 

  • Fortify your roof 
    • Inspect your roof at the start of each hurricane season. Repair any shingles that are loose. 
    • When installing a new roof, consider opting for impact-resistant shingles and hurricane clips. 
  • Trim or remove unhealthy trees 
    • Dead, damaged and rotting trees pose a risk to homes in high winds. Maintain these trees on a regular basis to prevent damage.
  • Seal cracks and gaps
    • Make sure that water can't easily find ways into your home. Secure cracks around doors and windows with caulking or weather stripping 
  • Anchor any outdoor fuel tanks
    • If you have any outdoor tanks, like propane or other heating sources, make sure they are secured to prevent then from turning or sliding 

Please read more about these tips from FEMA at this link

Should you need help after a storm, contact your locally owned and operated SERVPRO of Central Honolulu as your trusted mitigation and restoration experts. Call us anytime at 808-235-8105. 

Is Your Vacation Rental at Risk?

7/28/2021 (Permalink)

Waikiki skyline on a beautiful day with bright blue skies and seas In the event that your rental property is damaged, call SERVPRO of Central Honolulu to get the job done right!

As tourism returns to Hawaii, many rentals are starting to welcome guests again. Hosting short term guests can place your home at risk, as there are no long term residents to notice the possible mold growth or water damage to your property.

Fungi can grow very easily in damp environments over time. For the reason, SERVPRO recommends homeowners walk through their homes before welcoming the new visitors to check for any fungi growth in common places such as:

  • Cabinets
  • Closets
  • Behind/Below Furniture
  • Small enclosed areas
  • Dark/Damp Rooms

Pipe leaks and further water damage can also happen slowly over time. To ensure that your rental is safe, check your property for water damage in these areas:

  • Walls
  • Bathrooms
  • Under sinks
  • Behind large appliances
  • Hoses
  • All faucets

If you find that your rental has experienced any fungi or water damage call our SERVPRO team (808)-235-5015 today for an inspection.

Is Your Honolulu Business At Risk of Fire?

7/28/2021 (Permalink)

A photo of a warehouse with flames in front of boxes SERVPRO of Central Honolulu is your trusted source for quality repair services

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.

This is just a short list of the possible 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)-235-5015.