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Would Your Business Be Ready for an Emergency?

2/17/2022 (Permalink)

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Running a business is more than a full-time job—it’s an overtime job. Between all the small tasks it takes to keep business up and running like staffing and payroll, you also have the pressure of keeping up with ever changing technological advancement, let alone marketing well.

You’ve worked hard to get where you’re at, and we want to help make sure a disaster doesn’t take you down.

Often times, it takes just one disaster to push a business off-track for good. According to FEMA, 40% of small business don’t have the resources to reopen after a disaster shuts down business, and a quarter of those that do reopen will close within a year.

If the pandemic has taught us one thing, it’s that it is essential to have a disaster plan in place should anything outside of your control try to shut you down. Three-quarters of small businesses in the United States don’t have a disaster plan in place, but that doesn’t have to be you. We want to help you do everything you can to protect what you’ve built.

SERVPRO of Central Honolulu proudly helps businesses like yours prepare for disaster by helping you create an Emergency Ready Plan. We assist you by evaluating your specific concerns and needs according to your location and industry.

We’ll cover everything from storm damage to data recovery, so that if your business ever faces disaster, you can minimize downtime and impact because you already have a plan of action. With our plan, you’ll know exactly what to do and when.

Don’t make your business journey any tougher than it already is. Let our experts at SERVPRO get you prepared with an Emergency Ready Plan. It could end up being why your business survives and doesn’t shut down for good.

When your business is ready to prioritize planning and safety to prevent extended downtime, contact SERVPRO to get the Emergency Ready Plan underway from the folks who know all there is to know about disaster and recovery.

Cleanup and Recovery for All Situations | SERVPRO®

2/7/2022 (Permalink)

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Hawaii is one of the most beautiful places on earth, and we are surrounded by evidence to support that claim. But even in idyllic Honolulu, things happen that can make your home worse for the wear.

Whenever those things happen, remember that SERVPRO of Central Honolulu is here to make things right again. No matter the situation, we’ve got you covered.

Water damage recovery. Regardless of the cause—sewage backup or sump pump failure, flooding or pipes bursting, we have the know-how to stop the issue and restore the damage done.

Fire damage recovery. A fire starts in a U.S. home because of kitchen carelessness, smoking materials or other causes every 23 seconds. But when fire comes, we take care of every part of the recovery, right down to odor removal and soot cleanup.

Mold removal. When humidity and temperatures are high, mold can thrive. Allowed to build to a colony, mold can cause all kinds of problems, not the least of which is the weakening your home’s structure. Let us remove it safely so your home isn’t negatively affected.

Storm recovery. Quakes, storms and more can cause serious damage that includes flooding and fire. Whether you’re dealing with a roof leak or an underground water issue as a result of natural disasters or weather events, SERVPRO has you covered.

Commercial needs. Business owners can also take advantage of SERVPRO’s incredible service, and they can gain the benefit of a Certified: SERVPRO Clean, letting the whole community know they care about their health and well-being.

General cleaning. Perhaps you simply need cleaning around the house, or you’ve purchased some new property that needs a little extra attention. No problem! We can help you with cleanup for any reason—no fires or burst pipes necessary.

Specialty cleaning. No matter the scenario, we’ve got the cleaning solution. From biohazard situations to hoarding cleanup and graffiti removal, SERVPRO offers expert service.

Construction. When you have a major need after a storm, or you are ready to begin your remodeling project, call us. You’d be amazed what we can handle, and having a single point of contact makes the process smoother and quicker.

Add 24-hour service and an easy insurance process to all this, and the picture becomes clear—when you need cleanup and recovery of any kind, you can trust SERVPRO to get the job done.

Every Fire Is Constrained by These 4 Things

1/27/2022 (Permalink)

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Fire seems like a wild, almost uncontrollable force—we use words like raging to describe it because it seems so wild. And while fires are certainly difficult to manage, the truth is that every fire has its limits, and every fire’s limits are the same. How can this be true?

Enter the fire tetrahedron. Its shape may seem a little random, but it only matters in that it represents the four equal things of which every fire consists.

Each side is a vital part every fire must have—and without any one side, a fire falls apart.

The 4 Things a Fire Needs to Live

Fuel. Every fire requires that there be something consumable upon which it can act. In other words, a fire has to happen to something.

Heat. Whatever object or material a fire happens upon must first be heated to a high-enough degree that it combusts. Some objects’ flash points are lower than others, thus they combust more readily.

Oxygen. The combustion reaction requires oxygen, and the oxidation process (of converting said oxygen to carbon dioxide) has to happen not only once, but…well let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

Chemical Chain Reaction. All of the above conditions must not only be met, but maintained—in a chain reaction that must continue in order for a fire to survive.

The 4 Ways to Stop a Fire

Cool it. If a fuel source can be cooled by, say, pouring water on it, the fire can’t continue. The reestablishment of a thermal balance keeps the rate at which the fuel source rises in heat unable to compete with the rate at which it cools.

Smother it. Shielding a fire from the oxygen it needs keeps it from fueling the combustion and oxidation processes—so keep that fire blanket handy at home.

Starve it. When all a fire can readily eat has been devoured, it can’t continue. It stands to reason, then, that removing a fuel source is one way to mitigate a fire’s destructive potential.

Interrupt the chain reaction. As we said earlier, every fire has to have all these elements together, in a continual dance, in order to keep moving. As it turns out, there are certain compounds which, when introduced into a fire’s atmosphere, actually disturb the chemical chain reaction itself, causing the fire to hiccup and eventually halt.

If the fire tetrahedron makes a wreck of your home or business, we’re ready around the clock to help you recover. Contact SERVPRO anytime for fast, thorough cleanup and recovery after a fire.

The Water Damage Restoration Proces

1/27/2022 (Permalink)

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Every day, 14,000 Americans experience a water damage incident. If you happen to be one of them, you can trust SERVPRO to see you through the cleanup and recovery process.

When you contact your local SERVPRO team, we’ll get you back in the dry with a thorough, methodical process. Here’s what you can expect in a typical water damage cleanup scenario:

Emergency Contact. When you reach out to us, our specialists will ask you several guiding questions to help us understand the nature of your specific emergency. Once we know what’s going on, we will create an appointment time for you and your local SERVPRO professionals to meet, survey the damage and create a plan for restoration. We’ll do this as soon as possible, since taking action quickly is critical.

Inspection and Water Damage Assessment. When the SERVPRO team arrives on the scene, they will first help you stop the source of the water damage if necessary. They will then evaluate the damage and walk you through the damage present, noting any hazards that may be caused from it. They’ll then determine what can be restored versus what needs replacement.

Water Removal. Typically, water extraction is the next step. Hundreds, maybe even thousands, of gallons of water will be sucked out with powerful pumps and extraction units. Complete removal of the water damaging your property stops the spread of water, reduces your home’s drying time and prevents mold growth.

Damaged Material Removal. We will convey to you any items and materials that will need replacement, and these things will be removed as quickly as possible in order to speed up the drying of the materials that can be restored.

Cleaning, Sanitizing and Deodorization. It’s no surprise that water damage can create the need for cleanup and deodorizing of many materials in the home. We’ll quickly get to the task of making this happen, using industry-leading equipment and time-tested techniques to restore your belongings and remove the effects of water.

Drying. The drying process doesn’t end there. When the bulk of the water is gone, there is remaining water that eludes the eye, which we will remove with powerful pumps and cutting-edge equipment, based on the unique needs of your situation. Returning moisture levels to normal is crucial in the prevention of mold.

Monitoring. While your home dries, your SERVPRO team will be in constant contact, visiting daily to make sure the drying process is going as it should, adjusting equipment performance as needed, and monitoring the situation for peak effectiveness.

Repairs and Construction. Once the drying is done, we’ll handle any reconstruction or repair that may be necessary to restore your property to preloss conditions, from minor resurfacing to large-scale rebuilds. We can keep your costs and time down by being your one-stop solution for mitigation, drying and reconstruction.

When water damage strikes, make the call to SERVPRO for A-to-Z cleanup and restoration. We’ll make your damaged property look “Like it never even happened.”

Summer Storm Awareness

1/27/2022 (Permalink)

Summer is in full swing, and it brings with it all the things about summer we love. Many of us have vacations we’ve been waiting on seemingly forever, higher temperatures practically beg us to hit the pool or beach, and days are long and full of sunshine—well, most of the time, that is.

If it sometimes seems as though summer months lend themselves to more thunderstorms, that would be because it’s totally true. Atmospheric conditions, especially in certain parts of the country, are more amenable to creating them, given the presence of the two things most necessary for storms to emerge, namely moisture and warm air.

Here in Hawaii, our storms are more rare, though, but Kona storms do come and cause inconvenience. Last year, we received our first tornado warnings in over a decade.

Though storms may be a common part of summer, that doesn’t mean they should be treated lightly. Always pay attention to storm alerts, and consider cancelling outdoor events if heavy storms are predicted.

Pay attention to local weather forecasts, and get yourself an NOAA Weather radio to continue to receive alerts if power is lost.

Flooding is always possible and rarely predictable, but if it’s deemed likely, you should plan to stay at home and off the roads. Extreme storms can break tree branches and throw backyard objects and trash cans around. Keep trees trimmed and move garbage cans and patio furniture to safe locations.

Dozens of people die every year in storm-related incidents, so caution is always the best choice. Taking storms for granted is a mistake.

Stay indoors when lightning is present. It’s not safe to go back outside until you haven’t heard thunder for a full half hour, because lightning can strike up to 10 miles from the nearest rain.

Your mother was right—you should stay away from windows and avoid bathing or showering during a storm.

In cases of tornadoes or extreme thunderstorms, make sure you have an emergency kit prepared, and that you know the evacuation route for your area.

If flooding occurs, stay on high ground and avoid flood waters if at all possible. Do not attempt to drive or walk through moving water, as it can easily knock you down or even carry your car away. It can also conceal roads that have been totally washed away.

There are any number of dangers that can come into play in a thunderstorm, and it’s always best to be cautious and put things on hold until storms safely pass. If storms cause damage to your home or business, SERVPRO is ready to make things right again.

Make the Most of Minutes if Your Pauoa Home Is Damaged

1/27/2022 (Permalink)

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Do you know how common home damage claims are in the United States?

If you guessed a few thousand or even one-hundred thousand are reported each year, your estimate would be very low. In fact, experts estimate that millions of American homeowners file damage claims each year.

Homeowners file claims for a variety of reasons. They can include severe weather issues, like wind, hail and rain. Other claims happen because of home accidents and appliance malfunctions.

On the surface, it might seem like these different types of claims have little in common. But in reality, they do have one important similarity: The sooner the repair process gets started, the better your outcome is likely to be.

Minutes and hours make a difference, especially if your home suffers water damage. You’ll want to move quickly to stop it from spreading.

Floors can buckle and warp within a few days. Upholstery can begin to fade and stain. You may even begin to smell the first signs of mold (a musty smell in the air) within a few hours.

Work With a Team That Is Ready to Go

If you need water or fire damage restoration services, you don’t have to wait.

We know how quickly damage can worsen, so we’re always available to help during an emergency. We’re ready to work with you 247, including weekends and holidays. All you have to do is call.

The technicians you’ll meet when you work with our team are highly trained experts. They’re ready to assist you with the knowledge and experience from high-level training and the best certifications.

Plus, they’re able to use SERVPRO’s advanced technology to create a personalized, powerful and effective restoration plan for your home.

If your home is damaged due to fire, water or any other cause, you can always count on us for restoration assistance. We have teams who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services and how we can help your family.

Preparing for Tropical Storms on Oahu HI

1/19/2022 (Permalink)

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Preparing for Tropical Storms on Oahu HI:

On Oahu, a good practice is to be prepared for Tropical Storms and heavy rains in Hawaii. We do not know what is in store for the next several months, or next year for that matter. Below are some best practices for Preparing for a Tropical Weather in Hawaii. Please, start thinking about and doing these things if you haven’t already. They can make a difference in both the safety of you and your family, and the damage to your home.

  1. Get Hurricane AND Flood Insurance Coverage for Your Home Before a storm is on its Way

Many people in Hawaii have hurricane insurance for their homes. It is strongly recommended. But did you know that hurricane insurance is only WIND insurance. Whether or not you are in a flood zone requiring mandatory flood insurance, it is also a good idea to also have FLOOD insurance. This can help protect you from the water damage caused by a hurricane. Water damage can be immense in a hurricane, but also in other events such a tropical storms and tsunamis. BOTH hurricane and flood insurance are important items to consider when preparing for a hurricane in Hawaii. Keep your insurance contact in a place where you can easily find it.

  1. Declutter Your Yard & Garage, Trim Your Trees

During a recent storm threat, we and many of our friends and neighbors worked in our yards for a day or more preparing for the storm. It is recommended to remove lawn furniture, potted plants, decor, patio umbrellas, etc. that may become projectiles which break and fly through your windows. These can harm both people and property. You are advised to bring these items inside where they won’t cause harm. But do you have room for all these items? Consider getting rid of unused items and old junk that may be in your yard before hurricane season or now, if you haven’t already. At the same time, declutter your shed, garage, or carport, so that you have room to put all these items when preparing for a storm in Hawaii. Apparently, many people had this idea, but too late, as the lines at the dumps on Oahu were reportedly very long, the day after Hurricane Lane’s demise.

  1. Figure Out a Water Storage Plan When Preparing for a Storm in Hawaii

Don’t run out and buy cases of bottled water (unless that is your only alternative). It is not only expensive, but the bottles are harmful to the environment. Plan ahead and use water from the tap. Hawaii water is safe to drink from the tap and is important in preparing for a storm in Hawaii. In this recent storm, I heard several creative ideas on how to store tap water. A few of our neighbors purchased a large (100 gallon) bladder that can be filled from the tap and stored in the bathtub. It comes complete with a pump. We don’t have a bathtub to fill in our home, but purchased some food-safe garbage cans which held 32 gallons each and were filled from the tap. One fit perfectly in our shower. Stored water is necessary for both drinking and cooking, and for hygiene, bathing, and flushing toilets, if the water supply is compromised. Make sure you also have liquid bleach available and add a drop or two to your water, as necessary.

  1. Pack a Storm/Emergency “Go Bag”

In the event you must evacuate in preparing for a Storm in Hawaii, you should have a “Go Bag” packed and readyHawaii Emergency Management Agency has prepared a suggested checklist for this, which includes items such as flashlights, batteries, food, water, first aid supplies, important documents, hygiene supplies, etc. You should find the lightest weight (but sturdy) bag possible, and also, consider rolling storage for these items, since you will need to carry them, and food and water can be heavy. A waterproof bag would not be a bad idea either.

  1. Prepare for high rising water.

In a Tropical Storm the water will rise. Depending on how close you are to the ocean, streams, or mountains the water must go somewhere. Be prepared to allow the water to travel towards the ocean and unfortunate your home may be in the way. As the storm increases watch for water build up areas around your home and on the roof, freeing up anything that stops the water from flowing. Sandbags can be heavy and hard to move around. There are several other alternatives to use in a pinch, https://worstroom.com/sandbag-alternatives/ most of these eco friendly bags fill with water and will help guide the water to where you want it to go VS creating a dam.

Mold Growth behind cabinets.

1/19/2022 (Permalink)

Mold Mold growth behind cabinets in a Kitchen

"Mold is not something to mess around with."

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors, especially in Hawaii. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business without a professional. 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 health effects.
  • 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 home in Kailua had a leak from the upstairs into the Kitchen a different company fixed the leak and then the home sat for almost 1 year. By the time we showed up and removed the cabinets there was mold present and we had to further mitigate.

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) 395-9545

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)

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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)

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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.

How To Ensure The Quickest Recovery In Your Commercial Business

7/27/2021 (Permalink)

A puddle of water collecting inside a building To ensure the fastest recovery process work with SERVPRO technicians throughout the process of 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, SERVPRO of Central Honolulu has 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. 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)235-5015. We 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

4 Things To Know About Home Fire Sprinklers

7/27/2021 (Permalink)

A close up photo of a sprinkler installed in a home Learn more about fire safety now to prevent a disaster later.

The lion’s share of fire deaths occurs in the home. Fire sprinklers are an effective tool which can save lives and diminish property damage. Many times, a fire sprinkler will extinguish the fire prior to the arrival of the fire department. Check out four facts about home sprinkler systems:

  1. A home fire sprinkler system can cause homeowner’s insurance premiums to be lower.
    • The investment in a fire sprinkler system for your home pays off in great ways. Not only you will be able to have more peace of mind knowing you are adding a layer of protection to your home and belongings, your homeowner’s insurance premium may be lower as well.
  2. Fire sprinklers are environmentally friendly.
    • A fire sprinkler uses roughly 10 times less water than the fire department would to contain the same fire. Fire sprinklers are environmentally friendly, because they reduce the amount of run-off water and pollution that fire damages cause.
  3. Only high temperature smoke will activate a fire sprinkler.
    • Rest easy! Your cigar or burnt toast will not activate the sprinkler system.
  4. Maintenance of a home fire sprinkler system is very easy!
    • Inspect your home to ensure there are no objects that would prevent the water from successfully spilling out. Do not paint the fire sprinkler or hang anything from it.

According to the U.S. Fire Administration: “Home fire sprinkler systems help to reduce the risk of civilian and firefighter fatalities and injuries, homeowner insurance premiums, and uninsured property losses. Yet—many homes aren’t equipped with automatic sprinkler systems often seen in hotels and businesses. Help members of your community understand the effectiveness and value of having a fire sprinkler system in their homes.” Click here to learn more from the USFA.

If disaster strikes, 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-Size Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment

What to Expect After A House Fire

7/26/2021 (Permalink)

An image of a cord plugged into a wall that is on fire House fires can start from very small appliances. Be careful to unplug after use.

After your home suffers fire damage, all of your belongings also suffer and will require specialized cleaning. Fire damage requires restoration from smoke, soot and water. Each fire is unique and brings its own set of challenges to the cleaning job. SERVPRO of Central Honolulu has the right tools and the team ready to help you. 

 Once you call our team we will send out a technician to evaluate your property and restoration needs. Since fires often cause damage to roofs and windows, we will place boards and tarps as needed to prevent theft and weather damage. Next thing to do is remove water; SERVPRO technicians will install various drying equipment to prevent mold and mildew growth. After your home is dry again we will start cleaning the soot from all surfaces and belongings. Finally, after all smoke and soot is removed it's time to begin restoration. During restoration, all repairs will be finished; replacing drywall, repainting, and repairing anything else.  Should you ever need help after a house fire, trust SERVPRO of Central Honolulu to get the job done! Click here to read more about our fire clean-up process. 

Water Damage Can Occur At Any Time

7/26/2021 (Permalink)

A sign on the road that cautions drivers "Road Floods During Rain" Take caution now to prevent water damage later. Call SERVPRO of Central Honolulu if your property faces water damage.

SERVPRO of Central Honolulu responds to water damage emergencies 24 hours a day in Honolulu because we know that swift action is necessary to avoid costly repairs. Water is very invasive and will seep into walls and under floors, causing hidden water damage to the structure if left untreated for too long. 

The Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IIBHS) is an independent, nonprofit, scientific research and communications organizationhomes whose goal is to build safer and stronger homes and businesses. Here are some loss prevention and maintenance tips from the IIBHS:

  • Keep gutters clean and free of debris
  • Make sure window A/C units have a tight seal 
  • Consider sealing your roof deck to prevent water from entering your attic in high winds

Call Us Today!

When your Honolulu home or business requires water damage restoration, SERVPRO of Central Honolulu has a team of water restoration technicians on call 24-hours a day to assist you. Call us today at 808-235-5015. We’ll restore your water damage “Like it never even happened.”

Has your property been damaged by water?

7/26/2021 (Permalink)

A woman on the phone trying to stop a leaking faucet under a sink Trust SERVPRO of Central Honolulu when your house is in need of professional cleaning services. Call us 24/7 at 808-235-5105.

It is important to know that SERVPRO of Central Honolulu is here to assist your family if an emergency happens.

Getting to the job quickly helps ensure that you can save money! By taking too much time to shop around for the right help, you can find yourself with larger estimates since water damage only gets worse with time.  Take a look at what our customers are saying about us now and store our phone number in your address book. This way, should you find yourself needing to hire a professional cleaning and restoration team, you can rest easy knowing that SERVPRO of Central Honolulu will be there to help. 

If you own or manage a residential or commercial property in Central Honolulu, be prepared for the fact that at some point, there’s a good chance you will encounter some form of water damage. What you will need is a team with a well-established reputation for excellence, that can quickly and accurately assess the damage, and begin repairs quickly. 

Commercial Restoration Services in Central Honolulu

7/20/2021 (Permalink)

A landscape photo of the Waikiki skyline and Diamond Head at sunset SERVPRO of Central Honolulu is available to help your business get back to business!

When Central Honolulu businesses experience fire and water damage, SERVPRO of Central Honolulu is available and standing by 24/7 to start restoring your property. We understand that every day spent in mitigation and remediation represents a day without revenue. At SERVPRO of Central Honolulu, it is our business to help you get back to business. 

Should you find yourself closing business doors from a messy accident, trust SERVPRO of Central Honolulu to get to job done the right way quickly. Our staff is available at 808-235-5015 at all times to take your call to ensure a quick start. Our technicians are SERVPRO trained and IICRC certified to ensure a quality job. We have our equipment and team ready for your large commercial project. 

Give us a call to understand how we can help on your specific project. 808-235-5015.

SERVPRO of Central Honolulu Travels to Detroit to Aid Families in Storm Relief

7/9/2021 (Permalink)

A UHAUL rental truck at a fuel station ready to make the long drive from Texas to Michigan SERVPRO of Central Honolulu is ready to lend a hand when you are in need!

On Thursday, June 24 heavy rains started pouring on the neighborhoods surrounding Detroit, Michigan. Over the weekend the area received over 7 inches of rain which flooded most of Wayne County. 

Andy Maras, the owner operator of SERVPRO Central Honolulu, has accompanied his team to the mainland to help relieve the Detroit area while still managing a local team here on island to continue service to our neighbors on Oahu. Our team flew straight to San Antonio to pick up equipment from our last mainland trip to service during the Austin, TX winter storms of February 2021. After picking up a rental truck and driving across the country, we are now working to help residents get rid of the water and moisture as soon as possible. 

In times of need, SERVPRO of Central Honolulu is ready to rise to the occasion. We are happy to help serve our neighbors on island on any day. We are also prepared to help neighborhoods in need of an extra hand after large storms. 

When Heavy Rains Near the Mountains Can Cause a Flood of Mud

7/1/2021 (Permalink)

A layer of mud covering the floor of a tile floor with some footprints in the mud Don't let a heavy rain storm get you stuck in the mud. Call SERVPRO of Central Honolulu!

In Honolulu we see rain every day. It's usually just a quick and light sprinkle to freshen the plants on your lanai. Occasionally we will find a heavier and more powerful rain come through the islands that can come with a big storm or suddenly after a sunny day. 

One of these rains filled this customer’s home with all the mud and water from the mountain above in just a few hours. By the time the homeowners realized the rains picking up, it was too late to place sandbags around the perimeter of the home to protect from incoming water. As a result the water rushed into the home and brought inches of standing mud along with it. 

SERVPRO of Central Honolulu was called to help this family restore their home back to its original glory. After removing the mud and moisture, the professionals at SERVPRO of Central Honolulu finished the job with a thorough cleaning. 

If your property experiences storm damage, call SERVPRO of Central Honolulu to get started on your restoration job! 

Heavy Rains Don’t Have to Lead to Home Rain Damage l SERVPRO® of Central Honolulu

6/29/2021 (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.

What are the top causes of home water damage? Would you put rain on your list?

When asked how water damage happens, homeowners cite various problems like severe floods. But there are other ways for water to damage your property, too.

You may also think about problems like sewer backups. Problems with plumbing in the kitchen and bathroom can also do their share of water damage. Those issues are well-known, and homeowners usually know what to do to prevent them.

But some types of water damage actually worsen over time. That includes the damage that heavy rains bring. Because rain is a common fixture in most forecasts, we don’t think much about it. But if your home has any maintenance issues, rain can cause damage that will get progressively worse.

Avoid Heavy Rain Damage This Season

The projects on this “to-do” list can help you ensure your home is safer from water damage. If you haven’t already considered them, now is a great time to explore these options and make changes to your home.

Correct any yard drainage issues. Knowing how your yard drains is vital to protecting your home. If you notice that your yard is draining toward your home, then you might want to get in touch with a landscaping expert to look for ways to protect your yard.

Landscape with native plants. If you do a little homework, the flowers and shrubs you use to help you landscape your home and add curb appeal can also become an added layer of protection. Native plants can help.

Consider sealing your roof. Experts estimate that almost 95% of damage is caused by water finding its way through gaps in your shingles, which can be prevented with this step.

If you need help dealing with damage caused by water, fire or any other issue, we’re here to help you restore your home. We have crews who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about us and how we can help you restore your home to its original state.

SERVPRO Trucks and Technicians are Standing By to Remediate Your Flooded Property

6/25/2021 (Permalink)

Rain coming down on a home a cars in the driveway  Call SERVPRO of Central Honolulu if you face damages after a storm.


During the period from midsummer through December, residents prepare for the possibility of flood damage in Kaneohe due to severe storms and even hurricane activity. High winds, torrential rains, and storm surge cause rain and salt water to flood into the crawl spaces and lower levels of homes. We count as our core mission helping our community recover from the effects of these violent storms, using highly trained water removal and damage remediation technicians and powerful, professional grade restoration equipment.
 
SERVPRO is prepared for a speedy response when flood damage threatens your home. As we answer your call, we will schedule an appointment to assess the damage to your premises and to make a plan to both remove the flood waters and then dry out your house and possessions.
 
After most of the water has been extracted, SERVPRO technicians will begin measuring moisture content and establishing drying goals. High-efficiency air movers and dehumidifiers rapidly reduce the moisture content of walls, floors, ceilings, and other structural components. Periodically our workers reassess the moisture levels to ensure drying is progressing as expected. Some building materials will be deteriorated beyond repair because of the saturation or the force of the flooding, but our focus is restoration over demolition. 
 
We will work with your insurance carrier throughout the restoration process. We will also provide payment plans for self pay customers. SERVPRO of Central Honolulu follows a precise inventory protocol if we move boxes, clothing, and other items from the flood damaged areas of your home. Typically we find a protected area within your property to store your belongings as we help you review what contents can be restored and what may need to be discarded.
 
SERVPRO of Central Honolulu has the tools and the personnel to assist when storm activity results in flood damage. Give us a call at 808-235-5015 so we can get started on your project! 

Moving Forward After COVID-19

6/25/2021 (Permalink)

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned Logo Rebuilding our communities together.

New Times New Expectations: Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned

Our communities are re-opening on Oahu, and though life may not feel the same, we’re all moving toward a new kind of normal. Expectations of visitors, customers, and employees are changing. Staying safe, considerate, and healthy is of top priority and concern. 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 businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 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.

Visit the link above to see Our 3 C's of Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned. 

If your business is need of any SERVPRO restoration, remediation or cleaning services call (808)-744-2730 today!

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.

Solar Batteries Catch Fire

1/5/2021 (Permalink)

Melted Solar Battery Soot and smoke spread after solar battery catches fire.

Electrical Fires are the second most common type of fire damage. This photo shows a battery that melted in a local commercial building.  The fire spread soot and smoke odor throughout the area covering the structure and contents with soot and smoke odor.  The professionals at SERVPRO were able to remove the unsalvageable items and dispose of them as well as clean the soot off the salvageable items.  With their specialized deodorization chemicals SERVPRO was able to eliminate the smoke odor from the property and contents.  The professionals at SERVPRO were able to complete the restoration process in a timely discreet manner that minimized business interruption making it feel "Like it never even happened."

Hidden Mold

12/9/2020 (Permalink)

Wallpaper glue is the perfect food source for mold Wet ceiling collapses leaving mold-ridden backing of the wallpaper

There are instances where microbial growth can be hidden. Especially here in Hawaii. The climate on the island is a perfect petri dish for microbial growth to grow quickly. The humidity and consistent temperature provide a perfect incubation environment for spores to root and grow. In this picture, you can see the backside of wallpaper. The wallpaper backing is full of adhesive which is a perfect food source for mold. The wallpaper itself acts as a moisture barrier trapping the humidity between the wall and the open-air space. This is a prime example of how growth can go undetected for extended periods of time. When considering cutting into a wall with wallpaper or removing the wallpaper to freshen up the look of a room, always consider the possibility of growth on the backside.  If growth is found, don't hesitate to call the professionals at SERVPRO immediately to reduce cross-contamination. The professionals at SERVPRO will set up mitigate the mold by setting containment which will stop the mold spores from spreading through the property making the renovation safer for all.

Stay safe this holiday season

12/9/2020 (Permalink)

holidays for happy memories not for scary memories - image of burnt kitchen Kitchen fires can destroy a home, play it safe this holiday keep a close eye on all your holiday cooking

The holiday season is upon us and our ovens and stoves are going to be used more often than any other time of the year. Our gatherings may be different this year than previous years but they still can bring joyous lasting memories. We here at SERVPRO want to encourage safety and habits to help the memories be the happy holiday kind.  This holiday season please remember to practice safety while cooking. In a study between 2013-2017, 27% of reported fires occurred in homes. Most home fires and fire casualties result from five causes: cooking, heating, electrical distribution and lighting equipment, intentional fire setting, and smoking materials. Sadly, 79% of fire related deaths and 73% of all fire-related injuries occurred from home fires. Remarkably, US fire departments responded to an estimated average of 354,400 home structure fires per year, which resulted in an annual average of 2,620 civilian deaths, 11,220 civilian fire injures, and $6.9 billion in direct property damage. Over the five-year period of 2013-2017, cooking was the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries. Be sure to follow fire safety tips such as installing smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms, and outside sleeping areas. Test these smoke alarms every month. Talk with all family members about a fire escape plan and practice the plan twice a year. If a fire occurs in your home, get out, stay out, and call for help.

Locally owned, Island loving, Kamaina team

12/9/2020 (Permalink)

Local team ready to help 24 -7 local team ready to help with fire, water, mold, biohazard.

SERVPRO of Central Honolulu is a locally-owned and operated business. Many of our team members have called the island home for their whole lives and come from generations of island living. Our team is dedicated to working hard to take care of our clients after disaster strikes. After we have taken all measures to put our client's lives back on track, we can take a moment to give thanks for this beautiful place we call home. We here at SERVPRO of Central Honolulu know how fortunate we are to live in this amazing place. We are here to malama around the clock, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, because we know, whether it’s a water intrusion from a broken appliance or water supply line, wind-driven rain from a nasty winter rainstorm, flooding from King’s tide, or even a sewage back up, the professionals at SERVPRO can restore your property "Like it never even happened." Our professionals can also assist with fire, smoke, mold, or even biohazard disasters as well. Call today to schedule an inspection.

Rescue is on its way

11/27/2020 (Permalink)

Help is on the way The rescue team headed to Kona to get a client back in operations after a confirmed COVID case

SERVPRO of Central Honolulu is standing by ready to help! We received a call from a trusting client on a neighboring island. The call was for an emergency COVID-19 clean-up in a large warehouse. The client operated out of a Kona located Facility.  This particular phone call came on Thursday at 3 pm. The customer needed his 45,000 square foot warehouse cleaned by 6 am the next morning. 

Our rescue team organized by David Wu our general manager began to mobilized our team.  Our rescue team left for Kona within hours after received the desperate call for help. After working a full day here on Oahu our rescue team arrived in Kona and cleaned overnight and into the morning to meet the needs of our client. The photo you see here is a picture of our rescue team being shuttled back to the airport to catch their early morning flight back to Oahu after the very long night.

Were recognize the importance of immediate response when it comes to preventing business interruptions. The loss of one day of business to some of our clients can equal the loss of tens of thousands of dollars in sales. These types of emergencies are never planned for, but when they happen we are ready and able to help. Our products used for COVID-19 cleaning are EPA approved and our team IICRC certified, thus giving our clients the confidence needed to safely reopen for business.

With COVID-19 cases still on the rise, it's always nice to know who to call when you need the job done by a professional team.

Pack-Out

11/27/2020 (Permalink)

Pack Out We take all precaution necessary to protect your belongings

Part of the restoration process can involve the complete reconstruction of a home or a section of a home. This can require added measures over and above just remediation. Space is not always an option here in Oahu, so the professionals here at SERVPRO offer pack-out services. What this entails is careful packing and inventorying of personal contents, that will then be stored off-site in a climate-controlled storage unit until reconstruction is completed.  This type of service could be used when flooring needs to be removed and replaced, when asbestos abatement needs to be performed and the contents need to be relocated to avoid cross-contamination, or when a large demolition needs to be performed such as a ceiling removal. The professionals at SERVPRO will carefully pack items to be stored short-term or long-term depending on the situation.  Call today to see if SERVPRO can help speed up your reconstruction process.

The Best Ways To Save Your Belongings From Water Damage

6/25/2020 (Permalink)

inch of water flooding kitchen floor Here are some of our tips for salvaging any water damaged belongings in your home or business.

How to Salvage Water Damaged Items

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 have suffered water damage call SERVPRO of Central Honolulu at (808)-744-2730 today!

SERVPRO Restores after Bio-Hazard

6/25/2020 (Permalink)

ross store front SERVPRO of Central Honolulu performs services for bio-hazard.

Ross in Honolulu Calls SERVPRO to Solve a 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 too set, or seeps 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 all 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)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.

Protect Your Business From Future Water Damage

6/25/2020 (Permalink)

clean restaurant kitchen Keep your business safe from any future water damage with these tips!

Tips From the Professionals

The dry season on Oahu isn’t a long one. But the lack of water on the island might distract you from the possible water saturation inside your Oahu business. To ensure that your business can stay busy, check your restaurant for early signs of water damage. When treated early, water damage is an easy fix, but if a fix is prolonged for too long the damage can be a costly and timely matter.  Keep your eyes peeled for any area near water pipes, faucets and drains. Damp areas are an attractive spot for a mold colony to grow, and that’s something no one wants in their restaurant. Regular inspections of areas in your restaurant allow you to take care of issues before they can become serious.

These are the top three places to check regularly for water damage:

  • Staff Bathroom

 Water is essential when it comes to the bath area. Most commercial staff bathrooms are cleaned thoroughly several times a week, and these times are great for checking for damp areas and leaks of any kind. Look in the least traveled spots, such as corners of any closets, behind the toilet, and under the sink. If there are any leaks in these places, they can be a hazard until they are completely dry. Investing in a dehumidifier for bathroom areas is a sufficient way to keep the dangers of mold out of sight and out of mind. 

  • Main Kitchen

This area of the business sees heavy-duty usage on a daily basis. Watch out for spills and leaks. Clean any water up immediately to ensure that they do not attract mold spores. Mold spores, which rest in the air, occur daily and are common in Hawaii. Check the spaces under and around the coolers and freezers are places that can be damaged by water without you noticing. Get out your flashlight and make sure you see every nook and cranny clearly.

  • Dishwashing Area

The area around the dishwasher has nooks and crannies that require a deep look and cleaning. A leak behind an automatic dishwasher or under a commercial sink can create huge issues down the road. Add the humidity in the air and possible unseen leaks or drips, and you have a recipe for the establishment of a mold colony. Have the machinery pulled out from the wall regularly, and make sure the areas behind them are clean, dry, and disinfected. 

If your business has suffered water damaged call SERVPRO at (808)-744-2730.

Your OAHU Vacation Rental May Be At Risk Of Water Or Mold Damage

11/22/2019 (Permalink)

buildings in waikiki on water front It’s important to keep watch on your vacation rentals! Go through our SERVPRO recommended checklist to make certain your rental is safe today!

Is your Vacation Rental at risk?

With new vacation rental laws being enforced starting August 1st, 2019, many vacation rental homes are being shut down.

All vacation rentals have a constant flow of short term residents coming in and out. One thing many do not realize, these homes are at risk, as there are no long term residents to notice the possible mold growth or water damage to the home or property.

As new vacation rental laws are being enforced more prevalently, many vacation rentals will be needing a change in their targeted population, including possible long term rental agreements.

In making these new changes SERVPRO recommends homeowners walk through their homes and check for any fungi growth in common places such as:

- Cabinets

- Closets

- Behind/Below Furniture

- Small enclosed areas

- Dark/Damp Rooms

Pipe leaks or seemingly minimal water damage can cause extensive issues and damage to your Kahuku rental. SERVPRO recommends homeowners walk through any vacation/long term rentals to check for possible water damage. Common places to check may include:

- Walls

- Bathrooms

- Under sinks

- Behind large appliances

- Hoses

- All faucets

If your rental has experienced any fungi/water damage call our SERVPRO team (808)-744-2730 today for an inspection.

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.

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.

Home Preparation Steps For Storm Damage in Your Makiki Home

9/11/2019 (Permalink)

Emergency preparation list Planning for disaster is worth it. Make a plan with your family, prepare today!

Preparing for a Storm: Part 2

MAKING A PLAN

Water

  • Make sure to store at least one gallon of water per person per day and store enough water to last two weeks. If you have enough water, you can live on half of your normal food intake.  
  • You should store more water if you:
    • Live in a hot environment
    • Have children
    • Are nursing
    • Are ill 
  • Rotate your water supply every six months
  • Other sources of water in your home: water heater, ice cubes, pipes and toilet tank (not the bowl)

Food

Food can be rationed. Store at least a three to five day supply of non-perishable food in a dry place that is 70 degrees or lower. 

Select foods that require little or no preparation, water, or refrigeration. Select foods that are high in calories, nutritious, compact and lightweight. Choose foods your family will eat.

Pets

Pets are an important member of your family. Plan for them as well. Remember that emergency shelters typically do not allow animals. Only service animals are allowed in shelters.

But you should know safe places to keep your pets if you have to evacuate with them. Where are hotels and motels outside of your area that accept pets? What friends or family members could keep them for you? Which boarding facilities, veterinarians or shelters could be used?

Utilities

Your water heater can be a critical source of water in an emergency, but only if it’s still standing. Go to your home improvement store and buy metal straps to secure the water heater to nearby studs.

A falling water heater can break gas lines and water lines or spill your water.

Gas

If you have natural gas coming into your home, it’s easy to turn off. However, only qualified people should turn gas back on.

When you should shut off your gas meter if:

  • You smell natural gas
  • You hear gas leaking
  • There is a fire (unless shutting off the gas would jeopardize your safety)

If you need to shut off the gas, use a wrench to turn the valve a quarter turn in either direction. Take some time to become familiar with which utilities enter your home and where they can be shut off. As you practice emergency plans, locate and map the gas, water and electricity mains. During family drills, go through the movements, but do not practice shutting off gas lines.

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.

What To Do Immediately If a Fire Starts

8/14/2019 (Permalink)

Fires can become unmanageable quickly.

If a fire starts, it is understandable to feel anxious. Here are some tips on what to do in case a fire breaks out in your home. 

Learn how to safely operate a fire extinguisher

There are a multitude of ways in which you can learn how to operate a fire extinguisher. Talk to your local fire department or access their website for more information.

GET OUT, STAY OUT and CALL 9-1-1

Do not stay inside when a fire is happening. If you cannot put it out safely by yourself, contact the authorities!

Yell “Fire!” loudly as you exit

Alerting others of the situation will improve their chances of getting out in time. This could save lives. Leave all your belongings and exit the area.

Go low

If your only exit route is contaminated with smoke, get low to the ground all the way to the exit. Always close doors behind you.

If smoke, heat or flame block your exit, stay in the room

Close the doors and place a wet rag under the door. Call the fire department and give them your exact location. Open a window, try to signal attention or flash a light to signal that you need help.

Follow your family emergency communication plan

Having a family emergency communication plan in place takes unnecessary stress out of stressful situations. Make sure you update your rendezvous spots often in order to avoid mix-ups. If you inhaled smoke, get the necessary medical attention and be sure to rest and assess how you are physically doing.

Fires are unpredictable, it is a good idea to not only have fire detection systems in place but also fire suppression systems. Our team can meet your needs here on Oah’u! We offer safety, maintenance and other services to keep you, your family and your home safe.

Call us at (808) 235-5015 or visit our website:https://www.SERVPROcentralhonolulu.com/

Three Steps You Must Take Before a Storm to Help Prevent Damage

8/6/2019 (Permalink)

Storm approaching
  • Fix any damaged parts of your roof

The roof of your property should get a check up every year, especially after major weather events such as hail storms, for signs of deterioration. Fix all of the broken, misplaced and cracked tiles; remove any dirt buildup, for those can block the drainage channels. If your roof sheeting is damaged, it may need to be replaced. Any beam of light shining through the roof may be a sign that your roof membrane is damaged. Keep in mind that working on a roof can be dangerous, be careful when inspecting the area or contact an expert roofer.

  • Make sure your insurance policy is adequate

Consider the type of coverage you will need. Make sure your insurance provides cover for weather events that are specific to your geographic location. These may include but are not limited to: flash flooding, storm runoff, landslide, and damage caused by falling trees or branches.

  • Listen and comply with information broadcast by your local radio station and weather warning systems

Local radio stations will always broadcast weather information specific to the area in which you reside. Listening to such channels will help you identify areas you should avoid due to flash flooding, road closures, recovery centers and evacuation pathways. In the case of a storm, make sure you are prepared to be without power and have battery operated lights and radios. Be compliant with the information provided in emergency preparedness packets and stay safe!

Storms can hit at any point, and cause varying amounts of trouble. If any  damage happens to your property, our team can meet your needs here on Oah’u! We offer safety, maintenance and other services to keep you, your family and your home safe.

Call us at (808) 235-5015 or visit our  website: https://www.SERVPROcentralhonolulu.com/

7 Common Causes of Fire at Home

8/5/2019 (Permalink)

Cigarettes are one of the leading causes of fire at home.

To better prevent fires, it is important to know the leading causes for them so the proper measures can be taken! Get to know common household practices that can cause and propagate fires.

  • Smoking

According to the National Fire Prevention Association, the leading cause of fire deaths in the United States are cigarettes. A great majority of the fires starts with incandescent ashes or cigarette butts falling into upholstered surfaces. If you smoke, dispose of your ashes properly! Make sure the cigarette is completely out before tossing it into the garbage.

  • Children and Animals

If children or pets are left unattended in the same room as a lit candle, the risks of a fire increase greatly. Make sure to put out candles if you are not in the room with an unattended pet or child. Lighters and matches should similarly not be in close reach of any child. 

  • Dryers

Lint is a great fire-starter. Keep your dryer clean and well-maintained to avoid sparks that could evolve into a fire. Clean your lint filter after each load to minimize risks.

  • Portable Space Heaters

Portable heaters account for a third of all house fires. Make sure flammable items are kept at least 4 feet away from the space heaters. Heaters should not be left unattended or on overnight.

  • Cooking

A lot of house fires happen as a result of using cooking oils, fryers and improper use of microwaves. Never leave a child unattended while cooking, especially if using cooking oil or higher temperatures. Always make sure your stovetop or oven is completely turned off before leaving the kitchen. Keep flames away from loose clothing, paper, and other fabrics

  • Flammable Liquids

Common sense as it may be, keep flammable cleaning agents, paints and adhesives away from heat sources of any kind. Keep them in a ventilated area that is cool.

  • Fireplaces

If you have a fireplace at your home, get it checked out yearly to ensure it is in proper working order. Do not go to sleep with your fireplace on and utilize a screen to prevent sparks from flying off the fire.

If fire damage happens to your property, our team can meet your needs here on Oah’u! We offer safety, maintenance and other services to keep you, your family and your home safe.

Call us at (808) 235-5015 or visit our  website: https://www.SERVPROcentralhonolulu.com/

Three Things You Can Do Today to Avoid Storm Damage in Your Home

7/18/2019 (Permalink)

Storm
  • Make sure your yard and balcony are well-maintained!

If you secure and store items that could be blown around in a storm, they will not do damage to your house. Strong winds are able to pick up even the larger items of outdoor furniture and trampolines, which will cause great damage to property. Identify the items you may need to secure or store, and put them away as soon as you hear of strong wind or severe storm in a forecast. If you are on vacation, consider securing all of your items before you leave.

  • Make sure gutters, down pipes and drains, are cleaned regularly.

Keeping gutters and down pipes clear of blockages avoids the common problem of water overflowing under the eaves into the roof. Leaves need to be cleared from the valleys of the roof, or else they will make their way into the gutters during rainfall. Keep the drains in your property clear to help water from the surface move away and prevent it from pooling and spilling into your house. Be sure to remove any pots or plants that are being used to hide drainage grates if heavy rain is expected. Always park away from valleys and drains in this type of weather.

  • Make sure to trim trees and branches that have a risk of fall.

Have a qualified landscaper or arborist inspect trees around your property every two to three years to identify any preventative measures necessary. Check the roots of the trees for failure, beware of digging around the trees and be proactive if there is a problem.

If storm damage happens to your property, our team can meet your needs here on

Oah’u! We offer safety, maintenance and other services to keep you, your family,

and your home safe. Call us at (808) 235-5015 or visit our websitehttps://www.SERVPROcentralhonolulu.com/

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)

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?

Call Today - (808) 744-2730

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)

Materials removed to abate mold 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 health effects.
  • 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)

a photo of a recent job after a mold cleanup 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)

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.

Kitchen Fire Started By Left Stove Burner In Honolulu Home

5/1/2019 (Permalink)

Kitchen devastated,  the sink and stove melted painted bubbled and blistered. The cabinets hang off their hinges. Devastating Kitchen Fire caused by a stove burner left on.

Left Stove Burners Cause Most Fires We Receive on Oahu

The tenant at this Honolulu fire damaged property left their home in a rush to get to a doctors appointment on time. In leaving so hurriedly they left their food on the stove with the burner still on. The fire grew to affect all rooms in  the home. The kitchen was completely destroyed. Under immense heat from the fire, the sink and stove melted painted bubbled and blistered. In observing the photo, the detail of the effects of the fire on the kitchen are depicted. The cabinets have fallen, and the content and the counters are all damaged by the fire, and soot has settled throughout the kitchen. The dining room and the bedroom also had drastic damage from the fire. The walls were all charred. Our SERVPRO team removed all contents of the home. The pot, pans, utensils and decorations from the kitchen were all removed, sorted, cleaned and packed out. The same applied to all other contents throughout the home. The damaged areas of the home were all removed including the walls, and ceiling. Our team then deodorized the home, freeing from the odor of smoke and soot. Our team also repainted the home with colors chosen by the home owners. The Home owners were so appreciative of the diligence and speed of our SERVPRO team.

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.

Hoarding, It's No Joke

5/1/2019 (Permalink)

hallway filled with garbage, lint, boxes, and trash bags Statistics show 1 out of 7 homes are hoarders

Hoarding Is More Common Than You Think

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. 

Hoarding can cause many serious health effects, as most hoarding homes are unsanitary. Those affected by this disorder often times will not throw away any trash, old food, used toilet paper, and many other dirty items that can cause many serious health issues. 

SERVPRO provides the perfect clean up and biohazard services needed to recover a hoarding affected home and bring it back to its original shape. Our team removed all items within the home. We also sanitized the home with high professional grade bacterial disinfectants.

Mold behind cabinets

5/1/2019 (Permalink)

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)

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.

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