Recent Water Damage Posts

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!

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.

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.

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:

Faster To Any Size Disaster

6/12/2019 (Permalink)

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.

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

6/12/2019 (Permalink)

Affected drywall removed

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

What to Do:

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

What Not to Do:

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

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

About Our Sewage Water Remediation Services

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

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

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.