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SERVPRO of East Honolulu’s Deodorization Tactics For Fire Damaged Homes

6/15/2021 (Permalink)

When malodorous smells waft in after the fire damage it is an essential step to get rid of it through our modern deodorization tactics. 

On the account of fires residing within homes, they tend to leave massive amounts of soot, residue, odor, invading rooms that might not have been in flames. 

Whether your hale is big or small, by virtue of soot's particle properties  it will breach every nook and cranny fathomable. 

The deodorizing process is no easy task, requiring the most precise instruments and high grade, EPA friendly cleaners/deodorizers. 

What is even worse, is the aftermath harming your air quality doubly so, increasing soot, more over inciting mayhem. 

Defective and blemished residential property cause damage through over buildup of soot and/or mar, that makes the deodorizing process difficult additionally delaying the restoration progress. 

The first step would be to remove all defective materials, and “soft contents”- carpets, curtains, towels, clothes, stuffed animals...etc. SERVPRO of East Honolulu also has certified tools, industrial washers, and professional cleaners to fully rid all remnants of the fire. Cleaning everything from toothpaste boxes to extravagant dinner sets. 

We can do it all, simplifying the clearing process of damaged materials out of the way. Making it easier for our technician team to clear the air, quite literally, as smoke clings to everything.  

Removing said materials makes the airing out process quicker with no goods to waft through. We have numerous trained procedures to remove fire odors from any and all households. 

Using innovative solutions such as a thermal fogger. The fogger contains a deodorizing solution forming it into a gaseous state, this clings to residual smog, smoke, and soot within airways of your home. 

This is a great tool for the structuring of the house as it can also get to every nook and cranny via its gas form, which can also be used with couches and other soft materials that might need a different approach to the cleaning process aforementioned. 

Another tool we use are ozone machines, this hydroxyl generator is a heavy duty process needing entrapment procedures. When fires only hit several rooms rather than compromising the whole structure- including floors, it is efficient to “zone-off” this part of your property. Once zoned, usually through artfully crafted plastic walls, it will be sealed to insure that no living organism can enter this area. Ozone has interesting properties that also work like the thermal fogger. 

Although innately harmful to lungs of any organism, it does dissipate eventually leaving the zone within hours as if the fire did not happen. 

We are available 24/7, through sunshine and rain, at 

(808) 395-9545 

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FIRE AND WATER DAMAGE RESTORATION SHOULD BE LEFT TO THE PROFESSIONALS

6/11/2021 (Permalink)

fire Find a company that provides you with all the tools and options that you need to get your property back "Like it never even happened."

Dealing with a house or business fire can be a very emotional and overwhelming time for anyone. If your property was recently damaged in a fire, you’re presumably wondering whether to tackle the restoration process yourself. Unfortunately, even if you enjoy DIY projects, it’s not a good or recommended idea.

Fire, smoke, and water damage restoration are jobs for professionals. Trying to tackle these issues yourself could be both challenging and problematic.

With a fire, flames cause the most visible damage, but smoke, soot, and water can also cause devastating damage. Even the odors from smoke and soot can cause damage in a short amount of time.

It’s important to act quickly and expertly to prevent further damage to your home or commercial facility. There are few things to understand before even considering whether you will handle the restoration on your own or not:

  • Safety: It’s not safe to enter a structure after a fire, even if everything seems fine from the outside. Call the experts to assess safety before entering the property.
  • Soot: Inhaling soot, which is the black dust made from burned coal, wood, or oil-based substances, can cause severe lung problems. Allow the professionals to evaluate the soot situation inside your property first.
  • Water: After the firefighters are done, you may also have water damage to deal with. Your home or building will need to be dried entirely, or mold and mildew can take growth. Mold colonies can start growing just 48 hours after water damage.

9 ESSENTIAL PRACTICES TO STORM-PROOF YOUR HOME

6/4/2021 (Permalink)

stormproof BE PREPARED AND STORMPROOF YOUR HOME

If you live in a place that experiences frequent storms, you understand how destructive they can be for both homes and businesses. There are steps you can take to protect your property from even the harshest weather.

1. SEAL WINDOWS AND DOORS
Sealant on windows and doors can wear due to age and the sun. Before storm season, be sure to check the seals around all windows and doors. Checking your seals is a smart thing to do every season. This is because properly sealed windows and doors are more efficient and will save you money on your energy bill.

2. SEAL AND PROTECT YOUR ROOF
One of the most vital steps to stormproof your home is securing and sealing your roof. Roof damage can lead to a whole array of additional problems such as water damage, mold and pest infestations. The roof deck lies under your roof and above your living space. Waterproofing the roof deck will add security and help ensure that water doesn’t damage inside of your home.


3. STRAP YOUR ROOF
If you live in a place with high winds, tornadoes and/or hurricanes, then you might want to consider roof strapping. Roof strapping is a process that attaches the home’s roof to the walls with metal straps. This keeps your roof connected to your home on all sides, rather than having it simply sit on top of your house.


4. SEAL ANY HOLES
Sometimes homes have cables or furnaces that attach to the exterior of the home. If this is the case, you should check to make sure the areas of connection are securely sealed. You can easily seal the holes with caulk. This will keep water from getting inside your home and foundation.


5. CHECK AND SECURE POSTS
If your home has posts connected to a porch, deck, or carport, then you will want to give them some attention when storm-proofing your home. These extra sections of your home can rip a hole in your house if a strong enough storm decides to sweep through. To prevent this, check all the posts to ensure they are firmly attached to the ground.


6. CLEAR THE YARD
If a storm is coming, one of the best things to do to protect your house is to clear everything from outside. Things like patio furniture, potted plants, and even trampolines can be swept up by strong winds and damage your siding or windows.


7. CHECK YOUR GARAGE DOOR
One thing a lot of homeowners forget to do when storm-proofing is to check the security of their garage doors. This is important because garage doors are lightweight and one of the most common victims of a harsh storm. They can blow in and then rip a hole in your ceiling or front of your garage.

8. CHECK YOUR HOME INSURANCE
Before storm season hits, take time to review your home insurance policy to make sure you’re covered. You’ll want to be sure the policy covers the full cost of rebuilding your home if it is lost in a storm.


9. ADD FLOOD INSURANCE
When reviewing your home insurance policies, we recommend adding flood insurance if you don’t have it already. Many policies only cover damage from the storm, such as a hurricane, but not the flooding that occurs afterward.

BE PREPARED AND STORMPROOF YOUR HOME
The impact of a natural disaster can be devastating. Luckily, taking these nine precautions can help save your home and your life. Whether it’s a tornado, hurricane, or fire, you should also be prepared with knowing who to turn to for recovery and repairs. At SERVPRO of East Honolulu, we offer quality disaster recovery, damage control, reconstruction, and remediation you can trust.

HOW TO FIX A BATHTUB OVERFLOW DRAIN LEAK: 7 SIMPLE STEPS

6/4/2021 (Permalink)

water leak call SERVPRO of East Honolulu to handle your water-damaged ceiling.

First, confirm that the overflow drain caused the flooding. Start by removing the bathtub access wall panel, located in the room opposite the tub faucet and shower head. If you don’t see water dripping from the plumbing, look inside for water pooling behind the wall. Small puddles are sure signs of leaks around the drain pipe or supply lines.

If it looks good, go back to the bathroom, and run the shower. Splash water on the tub faucet, and check behind the access panel again. If you still don’t see water dripping inside the access space, you’re dealing with a bad overflow drain.

These steps fix the problem.

1. REMOVE THE COVER PLATE

Unscrew and remove the cover plate. Pull out the overflow drain assembly, including the plug. Take a look at the components for signs of damage.

2. INSPECT THE ASSEMBLY AND GASKET

If parts of the overflow drain are loose, clogged or corroded, replace the entire assembly. However, the source of the overflow leak is usually a worn gasket. In that case, continue with step 3.

3. REMOVE THE OLD GASKET

Use needle-nose pliers and your fingers to gently remove the damaged overflow gasket from the pipe flange. Clean the exposed flange and surrounding surfaces with rubbing alcohol.

4. INSERT A NEW OVERFLOW GASKET

Lubricate the new gasket with plumber’s faucet grease, and take a look at its bevel. Position the gasket over the pipe flange with its thickest side on the bottom. Ease it around the opening in the overflow drain pipe.

5. SECURE AND SEAL THE GASKET

Carefully work the gasket into place around the overflow assembly opening. Make sure it’s secure against the flange for an even seal. Let the gasket set for a few minutes.

6. REPLACE THE PLATE

Position the cover plate so that its overflow hole is located at the bottom of the installation. Reattach it by tighten each screw a little at a time. Alternating pressure as you work ensures even compression and a snug fit.

7. ADDRESS CEILING WATER DAMAGE

If water damage from the tub overflow isn’t extensive, you may be able to take care of it yourself. However, it’s best to let SERVPRO of East Honolulu handle the water-damaged ceiling. Our technicians know how to safely take care of ceiling repairs. They also restore soaked floors, replace damaged drywall and address mold problems.

Fire Cleanup at the Kaneohe Day Care Center

6/2/2021 (Permalink)

The Aftermath of the Fire at one of Our Local Daycares. Don't hesitate to call us at (808)395-9545, for any fire or water damage. Choose SERVPRO of East Honolulu, choose quality.

SERVPRO of East Honolulu recently cleaned the remains of an unfortunate fire at a local day care. Thankfully, it occurred after hours damaging 2 rooms, additionally transgressing 2. The cause of the fire was electrical, having extreme damage to the structure of their facility. We removed walls, ceilings, and flooring from the main office room and a classroom.

Because of fire damage, we had to work quickly to start the soot removal process in the other rooms.

The room where the fire happened in, the main office, had the worst damage with a lot of mar and soot on the walls.

Having roomed almost ½ of the sectioned building and all the flooring as it was no longer salvageable. We worked with construction officials as well as restorative businesses to repair the daycare.

During this time we cleaned the aftermath in many creative ways, utilizing our tools, knowledge and occasionally man power. For each of the 4 rooms, they were affected differently and needed specialized niches.

The first room had a generally easy, dirty, cleanup on our part. This room was labor intensive for the construction unit and renovations. Our team first removed all hazardous material, and boxed all the soot damaged items.

All the books needed a dry clean, using a chemical sponge, our technicians had to clean every single page of boxes of books. These chemical sponges are dry, designed to pick up soot, dirty, and occasionally the ink of papers wiped.

Additionally, it needed to be smoked clean with our thermal fogger, and thoroughly cleaned with disinfectant.

All of the rooms needed to be fogged and every surface in the room needed to be cleaned. Whether it was the paper of the children’s paintings, to the yoga mats the toys resided on; all was cleaned through the numerous tools we have.

Including our industrial washer, super sonic cleaner, disinfectant with microfiber cloths, chemical sponges, thermal fogger; and numerous vacuums and brooms.

Soot has an evasive nature accompanied by being innately microscopic, it is truly the invisible killer.

Not only this, soot tends to look harmless but it is very harmful. Which is why this job needed the utmost diligence, as it was a preschool in our community of east Honolulu.

Exactly why for the peace of mind for both you and your insurance alike hire SERVPRO of East Honolulu, water and fire damage require experienced restorative technicians.

Although most schools tend to be built with concrete blocks- that intrinsically is fire retardant, it was painted with lead. Having been built before lead paint was banned by the U.S Government. These blocks can also hold soot, and residuals on the surface.

SERVPRO of East Honolulu is proud to be serving our community and ohanas, we pride ourselves in our job well done. Our cleanup teams are filled with specialists and technicians capable of efficiently whilst quickly making our part get done. So everyone else can do theirs.

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Why do my walls sweat yellow?

5/28/2021 (Permalink)

yellow sweat Cigarette smoke and gas heat can leave residues on walls that when wet can run down walls in condensation and look yellowish brown.

Bathroom condensation is so annoying, and it's a common problem in most homes. After a shower or bath, water droplets form on the window, walls and mirror when the warm, damp air is cooled by these cold surfaces. Warm air also holds more moisture, which results in heavier condensation.

How do you stop condensation on walls? To stop condensation forming, the bathroom windows should be opened and extractor fans turned on. Try to keep the bathroom door shut as much as possible so the moisture doesn't escape into other parts of your home. Wet surfaces attract moisture, so wipe them down to get rid of the excess damp.

Correspondingly, what causes yellow spots on bathroom walls?

Smoking tar residue shows up on walls and ceilings. If it's just the ceiling, it's likely from using improper paint. That's from smoking on the John. The tar from the smoke deposits on the paint.

How do you fix sweaty walls?

There are a few remedies for high humidity that you can apply to combat this problem.

  1. Place a dehumidifier in the areas with the most wall condensation.
  2. Install an exhaust fan in your bathroom.
  3. Examine the exhaust fan above your stove or range.
  4. Contact your local professional -

    SERVPRO of East Honolulu 808-395-9545

10 Signs of home water damage

5/21/2021 (Permalink)

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Sometimes, large water damage problems start out small. Given enough time, a tiny leak can ruin a ceiling or flood a basement. Stay on the lookout for these signs of trouble inside and outside the house.

1. Ring-like stains on ceilings may be caused by loose shingles or flashing problems on the roof.

2. Damp insulation in the attic is another a sign of water leaking through the roof.

3. Blistered paint and peeling paper often indicate water damage in the walls of your home.

4. Warped or loose baseboards are also signs of water damage hiding inside walls.

5. Soft spots in floors, especially around bathtubs, occur when plumbing fixtures fail.

6. Tile or laminated wood floors warp and crack when exposed to moisture for long periods of time.

7. Mold and watermarks under sinks may be the result of faulty supply lines or fixtures.

8. Persistent, musty smells can be signs of hidden water damage in the house.

9. Basement walls can stain and crack due to water accumulation around the foundation.

10. Clogged gutters often spill rain and debris down exterior walls, soaking window and door frames.

WHY A PROFESSIONAL RESTORATION COMPANY IS THE ONLY WAY TO GO AFTER A DISASTER

5/14/2021 (Permalink)

mitigation If you have been affected by a disaster, call a professional today to get your home/business restored quickly at SERVPRO of East Honolulu 808-395-9545

When a storm, fire, or any other type of disaster strikes your home/business, the aftermath can be devastating. It’s hard to know what to do and where to begin picking up the pieces. If there is significant damage to your home/business, the thought of the cleanup process can be overwhelming. There are many factors that need to be considered and many hidden dangers that can get worse if not handled properly. Here are the reasons why it’s best to hire a professional restoration company after a disaster has struck your home.

SMOKE AND FIRE DAMAGE

On the surface, smoke damage doesn’t seem that bad. Smoke particles are very fine and have a knack for settling into the small crack and crevices. If not removed, the burnt smell can linger for a long period of time, and in some cases permanently. 

FLOOD DAMAGE

Floods can cause extensive damage.  A professional restoration company is able to accurately assess the damage and create the most efficient mitigation plan. Quickly addressing water damage greatly reduces secondary damage from occurring.

Mold is silent and oftentimes rears its ugly head after flooding. Every inch of the flooded area must be properly dried and sanitized so that mold is not allowed to prosper.

SAFETY

Whether you have experienced damage from fire, flood, or another natural disaster, safety should always be the number one concern. If you have not had a professional assess the damage to your home, there could be a ticking time bomb just waiting to cause havoc in your home. 

Having your home damaged by a natural disaster or a fire is upsetting and stressful enough. It can be hard to think of spending money on repairs and restoration when you think that you may be able to do it yourself. However, the money should be considered an investment. You are investing in the health and safety of yourself and your family, the structural integrity of your home/business, and the contents within. If you have been affected by a disaster, call a professional today to get your home/business restored quickly at SERVPRO of East Honolulu 808-395-9545

What is a Restoration Company?

5/14/2021 (Permalink)

why servpro - image of man cleaning Making "Like it never even happened."

Sometimes you find yourself unlucky, as disaster strikes your home or business. One way or another, you will need professional help in restoring your property to its pre-disaster condition, and as quickly as possible.

What is a Restoration Company?

Well, simply put, a restoration company will restore your property after it has been damaged by a disaster. Disasters can include anything such as storms, hurricanes, biohazards, mold, smoke, and water damage. Many disasters such as these come with hidden problems, and that’s just one of the reasons to hire a professional and reputable emergency restoration company. The company you choose should: take steps to rebuild the damaged parts of your home, address any water damage and mold issues, thoroughly dry the property, clean up heavy soot and smoke, and, lastly, leave your property safe and back to its original state, "Like it never even happened."

How To Choose a Restoration Company

  • Get in touch with your insurance agent and ask them to give you some advice on choosing a reputable emergency restoration company. 
  • You’ll want a local company, as they can arrive swiftly onsite to assess the damage to your property. Find out how many years they have been in business and how many related projects they have completed within the last year.
  • Reputable restoration companies have emergency response teams that offer 24-hour service every day of the year, because they understand that disasters can’t be timed. And, fire and water restoration companies know that they need to act quickly because disasters such as these can disrupt property within minutes.
  • The restoration field has a set of industry standards that all qualified restoration companies follow. Make sure the company you choose has licensed and trained technicians on their staff. They should also use advanced and professional equipment and techniques when setting about your property’s restoration.

At SERVPRO of East Honolulu, we understand the gravity of the situation. By utilizing the knowledge we have acquired from our decades of experience, highly trained team members, and specialized equipment, we help get your property back on the road towards recovery. Our team of experts grasp the importance of urgency when it comes to protecting an investment like your home or business, and focus on minimizing any further damage from occurring to the structure and the contents inside.

ACT FAST WITH FLOOD DAMAGE

5/1/2021 (Permalink)

clean up Stop the Water Intrusion & Contact SERVPRO of East Honolulu 808-395-9545

Most people would be surprised at how common water damage is in homes and businesses across the United States. Remember, it’s not always a storm or flood that causes water damage, but more common causes like burst pipes, sewage backup and HVAC leaks.

Water can find its way into the walls, floors, ceilings, furniture, and other belongings, and the degree of damage increases exponentially the longer it is ignored. That is why quickly addressing flood and water damage repair is so important.

So don’t hesitate, instead, have a clear plan in mind if your property faces water damage. Having a reputable restoration company on speed dial is our number one tip.

WHY YOU NEED TO ACT FAST

SECONDARY DAMAGE

The fact is that the longer water damage sits without drying out or repairs being made, the more damage it may cause – known as secondary damage.

COST OF RESTORATION

The longer you wait to deal with flood or water damage restoration, the more expensive the job can become. This is because more of the property will become damaged in the wait, and more extreme restoration services may be needed.

In addition, ignoring water damage for some time may cause problems with your insurance – therefore increasing costs.

MOLD ISSUES

The longer water sits on your carpets, walls, floorboards, ceilings, etc. the higher the chance that your property and contents may be faced with mold and mildew issues.

STEPS TO HANDLE A WATER EMERGENCY

Stop the Water Intrusion & Contact SERVPRO of East Honolulu 808-395-9545
 
If safe, you want to stop the water damage from escalating by getting to your water valves and shutting them off immediately. Then, contact a professional restoration company to help.

Call Insurance
 
Insurance companies can help with water damage emergencies. Often they will have the details of reputable restoration companies on hand, and they can help you navigate making a claim. It is also good to call them and find out what steps they require you to take. In the meantime, take photos of the damaged areas and all affected valuables for your records.

Drying Out
 
If you can, start drying out your home or business within 24 hours. This will help in managing and limiting the growth of mold and mildew. Remove all furniture and rugs and put them out to dry. Bring in fans and dehumidifiers where possible. Call a flood and water damage restoration company for further help, as drywall, insulation, flooring, baseboards, etc. may need to be removed and replaced to prevent mold growth.

Cleanup and Restoration
 
The truth is that drying out your property after water damage can take a lot of time and effort, as well as specialized equipment. This is another reason why using a reputable flood damage restoration company is a good idea. Calling professionals is the best way to handle any complications and problems that emerge from water damage.