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Choosing SERVPRO of East Honolulu

2/23/2021 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of East Honolulu we offer an array of services, with a vast amount of equipment, cleaning materials, and chemicals, we make the cleaning or restoring process a quick and efficient as possible. 

We also specialize in commercial services for our local businesses, we especially take pride in our commercial cleaning services. 

What are our commercial cleaning services? 

We are not exclusive to whom we offer our services to whether you own a grocery store, commercial property, office space, or restaurant. We commercially clean to increase your spaces appearance and overall its functional use. Our services range from water cleanup, air duct cleaning, mold remover, and overall cleansing with EPA approved chemicals that instantly kills bacteria. 

  • Water cleanup: 

From major to minor water damage, we are here for all those needs. Our water damage restoration aims to appease our customers in the most economically efficient way possible. Damage can occur from the simplest issues of a faulty air conditioner, continuous droplets of water from leaky pipes or bursting pipes. 

  • Air duct cleaning:

Cleaning your air ducts helps facilitate healthy air flow and pollutant free breathing. We use HEPA filter that molecularly filter out pollutants, mold spores and decreases water moisture in the air. 

  •  Mold remediation:  

Microbial growth of mold and other pollutants can happen anywhere at anytime. With excess water and humid areas in your commercial area left untreated can cause health effects and can spread rampantly. Here at SERVPRO of East Honolulu we specialize in mold remediation and follow thorough guidelines to ensure mold growth is not an issue for you.  

Our commercial building restoration services:

Whenever disaster strikes the biggest concern- after safety- is the structural damage from the event of water, storm, or fire damage. Our services offered to repair, and rebuild after natural causing damage ranges from drywall removal, to carpet repairing/replacement, painting, and so much more.  

Why Hire us, a Professional Commercial Cleaning Company:

SERVPRO of East Honolulu employs professionals who are knowledgeable in the latest uses of science and technology in the cleaning industry, not to mention also in the restoration business. With years of commercial cleaning under our belt we can say that our team is a well-trusted group of individuals here in the East Honolulu Region.

We know that disaster can strike any time, and for your convenience we are available for any emergency  24/7 

For your commercial needs do not hesitate to call us:  

(808) 395- 9545

Preventing Mold Growth on your Commercial Property

2/23/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of East Honolulu knows Mold Mitigation Cleaning carpeted areas on commercial property is a simple and cost-effective way of preventing mold.

Preventative Measures are crucial for preventing Mold Growth

Here in East Honolulu it gets pretty humid compared to other regions in the Hawaiian Isle. There are many business and personal properties that have to bear with continuous growth of mold because of how suitable Hawaii's innate climate properties is to allow for growth. Mold tends to float in the air and slowly finds other mold spores. Here are some tips  to help prevent mold especially for commercial properties. 

  1. Preventative Tools 

Everyday cleanliness really helps minimize the growth of mold, and bacteria spores. Not to mention, that taking preventative actions also leads to more bang for your buck; not only does it save you money but it saves you from issues. Like using floor mats, cleaning water moisture immediately after a spill, or even using a floor mat in one’s office space. Carpet cleaning frequently stops mold growth and the build up of inactive spores which exist for more than a year. Ensuring that your employees clean water access or liquid spills will be imperative to a cleaner commercial property.

  1. Air Duct Cleaning  

Because of the extreme durability of mold spores, they can exist “inactivated” until water moisture, or if it finds a colony of mold. Which can be microscopic and exponentially increasing as the humid Hawaiian day trolls on. Cleaning your air ducts helps circulate the air better and keeps your property’s air healthy. Air ducts tend to have a build up of bacteria, mold spores, and dust… all pollutants. Regularly cleaning air ducts facilitates a lower chance of having a mold issue. Cleaning your air ducts also increases office air health!

  1. Carpet Sanitation  

Here in East Honolulu, having carpet can occasionally get hard. The moisture in the air wicks more the fuzzy material and can cause a rampant breeding ground for mold to exist in. Sanitizing your carpets has numerous benefits such as prevention of mold, dirt removal, and even the removal of feet oils that tends to really bond with the carpet. Cleaning carpets as soon as any liquid spill happens prevents any issue to happen from the spill.  

SERVPRO of East Honolulu is full of equipped and licensed individuals who can easily and efficiently clean carpets of mold issues or general cleaning. We also have state of the art technology that allows us to detect any hidden growth of mold behind walls, also finding moisture pockets in ceilings and roofs from I.R scanners.

General Fire Insurance Coverages

2/23/2021 (Permalink)

Understand your Insurance Policies before Natural Disasters Occur Fire damage and the process of restoration can be a tiring and frustrating experience, understanding your insurance makes the process easier.

 Tragedy can hit anyone, whether that is in your home or family owned business; especially fires. When tragedy strikes though, one first calls their insurance company. While most companies vary from policy to policy there tends to be a typical guidelines regarding coverage. 

Here are the Standard Coverages offered in general insurance companies policies, there are varying coverages for the different types of severities in which fire affects your property: 

The special coverage is for the most damaging and expensive types of fire damage, which excludes what they are not willing to cover. Anything deemed part of the agreed areas they previously established will be covered under this certain coverage 

The broad coverage includes policy that covers fire expenses and additional issues that come with fire damages. Such as external secondary damages: water or chemical damage from exterminating the fire itself. 

The basic coverage is the most minimal in nature, only covering policy explicitly stated from fire damage. 

Evaluation of Damage 

When a fire occurs the first thing an insurance company will do to assess the damage is sending out an insurance adjuster to scope the damage found on the property. This person generally verifies and conforms the damage and what the insurance companies define the fire to fall under coverage wise. The only fire damage that will not be covered by any insurance company is arson. Most of the damage will be documented, issues like burnt structures, wood damage, tile damage, or water sprinklers. Ironically most fires have more water damage than fire, because of the excess amount of water exerted in certain areas the damage tends to be amplified. 

Treatment 

Usually here at SERVPRO of East Honolulu this is where we come in, collaborating with your insurance company and contractors to get the job done. Our job as the restoration company is to rebuild your property to its former state, "Like it never even happened." Although this is our job, it is a heavy collaboration of property owners, the insurance company, contractors, and us. 

Prevention 

Fires are very expensive as they truly destroy organic materials that exist in the structural component of buildings. It is much more economically efficient to be prepared by fire safety. Fire safety can look like numerous preparational activities such as planning or keeping preventative measures like fire extinguishers. Written plans and basic training can help aid in insurance coverage in minor damage as well as major damage. Most insurance companies look rather favorably on efficient and prepared fire plans and the action taken at hand occasionally adjusting the coverage they are offering.

Your home and business relies on good insurance coverage and proactive preventative measures to stop fire damage and decreases financial harm. It is imperative to understand your particular insurance company’s policies and the coverage you have. We are here to make this process as simple and as easy as possible, because it is easier to temporarily close for repairs than an official close.

Restoring Your Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

2/19/2021 (Permalink)

owner - male standing next to green SERVPRO vehicle Meet, Lorenzo, owner of SERVPRO of East Honolulu. Call us today at 808-395-9545

Flooding and water damage events in Oahu commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of East Honolulu

SERVPRO of East Honolulu specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a 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 East Honolulu

2/19/2021 (Permalink)

crew We provide immediate service day or night! 

SERVPRO of East 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) 395-9545

Commercial Services

There's never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your Oahu 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. Learn more about our commercial services: 

Commercial Building Cleaning Services

Every commercial property experiences wear and tear, including dirt and grime that accumulates from ordinary use. You can count on SERVPRO of East Honolulu to make your workspace look its very best. Professional cleaning helps to protect your carpet and upholstery and increase its life-span. Learn more about our commercial cleaning services:

Fire Extinguisher 101

2/15/2021 (Permalink)

Choose the Right Option for You We are here for all your fire damage needs, call SERVPRO of East Honolulu at (808) 395- 9545 anytime anywhere.

It is important to note that there are many different types of fire extinguishes and flame-retardant materials. Knowing which type of extinguisher you need for your property can lead to a efficient plan, less material damage, and an assurance that it will extinguish your fire. 

There are many variables to take into account when planning for your property's fire extinguisher.  

- Products/materials that are flammable 

- Materials that catch on fire or aide in creating a fire 

- Where your heat sources are located in comparison to flammable goods  

- A viable fire exit and plan, placement is crucial for extinguishing a fire quickly   

What is a Fire? 

Creating a fire is a chemical reaction and goes as follows: 

- There needs to be a fuel source, a combustible gas, liquid, or solid that can get hot enough for a spark. 

- Oxygen, this will react to the fuel source 

- Heat Source, a heat source is imperative to "ignite" or start the chemical reaction. In this aspect it one can treat fire as if it is a chemical itself.

Classifying Fires: 

There is no fire extinguisher that will stop all fires, even water can be hazardous to different types of fires. Understanding what will be the most effective in one's most probable cause of fire will create a safe environment. 

- There are 4 different types of fires 

  • Class A 
    • Common combustibles, like paper or wood.  
  • Class B 
    • Combustible liquids, like kerosene or gasoline. 
  • Class C 
    • Electrical faulty, like wires or outlets faltering.  
  • Class D 
    • Combustible metals, like magnesium or potassium
  • Class K 
    • Oil and fats, like vegetable oil and animal fat (most commonly pig fat).  

Different Type of Fire Extinguishers:  

Due to extreme variance of fire starting, there are multiple ways to stop fire. The easiest way to extinguish is to take away at least one of the three needs for a fire aforementioned. 

  • Dry Chemical 
    • This can be used for classes A,B, and C 
    • This is a powder substance, usually Sodium Bicarbonate, that one can spray on to a fire. This "smothers" the fire and stops it from receiving oxygen. 
  • Carbon Dioxide 
    • Best used for classes B and C 
    • It works by eliminating the oxygen in the air, and replacing it with carbon dioxide, which in return stops the fire access to oxygen. 
  • Water 
    • Best used for class A but can be used for B and C 
    • This is the easiest way to stop both a heat source and suffocating the fire. Although it is harder to store. 
  • Wet Chemical 
    • Can be used for all the classes except C 
    • Using a chemical like potassium in a foam like substance which instantly coolers the surface and smothers the surface. It can corrode metal surfaces and can be very toxic to living organisms.  

Inspect your Fire Extinguishers Annually: 

The USFA suggests these steps to ensure the proper care of your fire extinguisher, as each one can expire or be unintentionally released as a gas or liquid. 

1. Ensure easy access.

2. Check the pressure, make sure the pressure gauge indicates the proper pressure. 

3. Look for physical damage as this may be an indication that the extinguisher is not in usable condition. 

4. Clean the extinguisher, check if there is dust or grease around the extinguisher. As the extinguisher can react to its surroundings. Note: potassium is highly reactive and corrodes easily so it is important to consistently check up on wet chemical extinguishers.

Major Causes of Commercial Water Damage

2/12/2021 (Permalink)

mold Air condition leak caused mold in the ceiling

Major Causes of Water Damage
Did you know that a leaking faucet can cost you more or less 250 gallons of water each month? Below are the 6 most common causes of commercial water damage.

Damaged sprinkler system
The law requires all commercial entities to have a sprinkler system, along with a fire alarm, installed in the building for safety purposes in case of fire. The sprinkler system should only get activated when there is too much heat from fire. However, over time, the sprinkler can get broken and malfunction. When this happens, the sprinkler can get activated even without fire leading to serious flooding within the building.

Roof leaks
The roof should protect the occupants and everything within the building from the external elements such as the heat from the sun and rain. But a leaky roof does otherwise. As the roof gets older, it also becomes more vulnerable to heavy rains, resulting in water damage in your building’s roof.

Broken HVAC system
Your business’ HVAC system is an essential part in maintaining the temperature of your building and to make its occupants comfortable. However, like any other part of your commercial building, your HVAC system can also experience issues such as clogging and leaking. An HVAC system that is not cleaned and maintained regularly can cause water damage from the excess water in the compression tanks.

Broken equipment and appliances
Sometimes, your building may have appliances such as a water heater, AC, washing machine, and others. Apart from that, there are also pipes within the building that can get damage anytime and cause water damage in the commercial space. Major problems happen if these equipment and appliances get broken and no one notices it or during off-hours as it can leak a significant amount of water.

Damaged windows
Another common cause of water damage in commercial buildings are the damaged windows. Rain water and moisture can seep through especially if the windows are not properly maintained and need re-caulking. While it may not cause immediate flooding, it can do great damage on the drywall and can encourage mold growth.

Natural disaster
Apart from the damage in your building’s foundation and roof, water damage in commercial buildings can also be caused by natural disasters like hurricanes, thunderstorms, and heavy rain resulting in flash floods. Clogged gutters can lead rainwater to flow towards the foundation of your building, making it more vulnerable to water damage.
Commercial water damage is a devastating problem that any business owner can experience. While there is no way to totally get rid of the threats of water damage on your building, knowing its most common causes will help you minimize the risk.

Mold - how long does it take to grow?

2/12/2021 (Permalink)

mold Mold developed from a leak in the air ducts

A leaking pipe, a damp wall, or even just moist air – all of these can cause mold in your home.

Excess water in your home can be a huge problem. Not only does it ruin furnishings and leave your home smelling musty and stale, but it can also lead to mold.

Mold thrives in damp areas and water can help it to grow. It doesn’t show up straight away though, so how long does it take for mold to grow if you’ve got a damp problem?

How Long Does Black Mold Take to Form?

If you’ve had a leak of water or even a flood in your home, you’ll first be occupied with fixing the problem and clearing the mess. After that’s sorted, you should be asking yourself how long does it take for black mold to form?

This doesn’t mean until it appears on your walls or surfaces, but how long until it takes holds in your home. At first, you won’t actually see the mold latching onto your walls, but it’ll be there. Within just 24-48 hours of damp exposure, mold will start to germinate.

If you think mold is forming, you can wipe over the area with a diluted bleach solution. This won’t always kill 100% of the bacteria, but it’s a good start.

How Long Does it Take for Mold to Grow?

Now you know how long it takes to form, let’s look at how long does it take black mold to grow? 

After 24 hours, your mold spores are likely to be germinating on your surfaces, but this can take up to 3 days. By 12 days, the mold should be present on your damp walls, floors, and surfaces, although you still might not be able to see it with your eyes.

It’ll actually take around 18 days for the mold growing in your home to be visible to your eyes. That’s quite shocking! So, even if you think you’ve solved the problem of a burst pipe or leaking roof, you might have some more cleaning up to do weeks down the line.

Once the mold has become visible to the eye, cleaning it properly will be harder. Mold tends to stick heavily to surfaces and, even if it looks like you’ve washed it off, the spores may still be there.

How Fast Does Mold Spread?

Now we’ve answered how long does black mold take to grow? its time to talk about it spreading. Mold is unlikely to stay in one spot if it remains untreated, so catching it early is essential to stop it taking over your walls.

When mold is germinating, it’s quite contained and is unlikely to spread. It’s only around 12 days when the mold colony is more stable that it’ll begin to move and grow. This is something you definitely don’t want, which is why catching mold early is so important.

Get the Right Help

So, how long does it take for mold to grow? That all depends on your situation and we can only estimate, but it’ll be germinate almost instantly after a leak and will appear visibly after around 18 days.

Make Your Own Air Freshener

1/1/2021 (Permalink)

Air Fresheners can  be quite lovely for the home, they can hide smells, or make your house smell... "fresher". 

But, 

These industrial air fresheners may be adversely effecting your health 

Some of these store-bought air re-fresheners contain chemicals that inhibit your sense of smell to make the product seem better. Have you ever cleaned your kid's soccer cleats with an air freshener and the next day they day they smell just as bad? The chemical inhibiting smell wore off! 

Some even cause an oily film in your nose that stops you from really smelling. This oily coat creates a barrier to your receptors which seems crazy to us here at SERVPRO of East Honolulu. 

     Even those air-fresheners that claim to deodorize and break down toxins contain harmful chemicals that are not good to breathe in. 

Conventional Air Fresheners are actually not made for smelling 

In a study done in 2018, there were over 350 chemicals detected in the air after using an unnatural air freshener. Some of these included: benzene, formaldehyde, styrene, and phthalates 

Here is a natural tired and true air fresheners we use in the office: The lemon basil spray ! 

Ingredients: 

- 1 Cup of water 

- 2 tablespoons of (60% proof) rubbing alcohol or vodka 

- 5-6 leaves of basil 

- 5 drops of lemon essential oil 

The 1 cup water to 2 tablespoons of alcohol is an universal base that can be used to create any air freshener with essential oils of your choice 

Start the New Years with Fresh Air?

12/31/2020 (Permalink)

HAPPY NEW YEAR! 

From our ohana to yours here at SERVPRO of East Honolulu 

We hope that 2021 is a prosperous and healthy year for our community and customers. 

As many of you know, here in the Hawaiian isles it is a mixing pot of cultures. One of the most celebrated traditions is osoji or "big cleanup" a tradition brought by Japanese plantation farmers. 

Here at SERVPRO of East Honolulu we celebrate this, and to start your new years we thought we could talk about quality air. 

Clean air in your home is vital to your health 

We offer "air scrubbing" services that literally filters your air of particles, we do this in most jobs for: 

- cleaning up soot 

- mold remediation or cleaning 

- water damage 

- odor removal 

But, 

most homes don't have serious air quality issues rather, they just need a good clean to facilitate a healthier life! 

So when trying to assess your air quality, here are some things to keep in mind: 

  1. Chemicals (Cleaning products, Art supplies, Kerosene...etc)
    1. How do you store your chemicals? Are they in the open? Do you consistently use bleach? 
  2. Dust and other Allergens 
    1. Are there visible areas of dust? How frequently do you clean your soft surfaces? 
  3. CO2 levels 
    1. Do you have a CO2 gas protector? Is your gas odorless? 
  4. Humidity 
    1. Are there any water leaks or moisture traps in your house? Are you aware of your areas prone to water leaks or moisture traps 
  5. Temperature 
    1. Does the temperature in your home affect the chemicals residing in your home?  

Some side effects of poor air quality include: 

- Hay Fever 

- Fatigue 

- Allergy-like Symptoms 

- Irritability 

- Headaches 

- Decrease/Increase of Body Sensations 

- Congestion 

- Hyperventilation/Shortness of Breath 

Your air quality in the home can cause adverse health effects 

Here are some tips/tricks to improve your air quality: 

- Ventilation!  

     It may sound cliche, or even like a no-brainer but, a good ventilation system is vital to the health of your air. Ventilating allows particles to come and go, stagnant air can harbor more toxins and even create a hospitable zone for mildew and mold. This also rejuvenates your air, we recommend for our city customers to open the windows or ventilate at odd times. Keeping your windows open during traffic or rush hour can be counter productive, try early in the morning or late night for the best results.  

- Cleaning your AC frequently 
     Your AC already has a filter that cleans air impurities and pollutants; cleaning it regularly will stop a build up of these particles and release of them. Make sure you read how to clean your AC properly as some methods can damage the air filter. 

- Keeping your Sheets and Clothes Clean  

     Soft goods are really good at holding in air toxins and other harmful particles. Regularly cleaning your sheets stops dust mites from building up and also helps with your skin health; especially for those who acne prone skin. If you have pets washing sheets and clothes frequently also helps stop hair build-up. Keeping clothes off the floor help prevent easy access for particles as well. 

- Beeswax Candles 

     Beeswax candles actually attract pollutants to it. When burned they actually release negatively-charged particles called electrons. These attract dust and impurities which are positively charged. They also smell good :) 

- Household Plants 

Plants are one of the easiest ways to maintain a healthy atmosphere in your home. Most of these plants are easy to take care and just need some sun light and water to thrive! 

     Here are some great indoor plants: 

          - Bamboo Palm 

          - English Ivy 

          - Gerbera Daisy 

          - Janet Craig Dracaena 

          - Red Edged Dracaena 

          - Corn Plant 

These are simple tricks, but if you believe your air quality is really bad DO NOT hesitate to call us 

(808) 395- 9545 

let us know if these tips helped! 

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