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Precautions for Owners of Older Property

9/20/2020 (Permalink)

Older properties have a few advantages such as charm and location, but they can be difficult to maintain, especially for landlords. Plumbing issues can haunt landlords and operators of apartment complexes. Many of the systems are outdated. Obsolete pipes made of polybutylene not only frequently crack and break but they also affect the quality of the drinking water. If the goal is to avoid constant repairs and frequent complaints from tenants.

A landlord should try these solutions. 

- Regular Inspections:Regular plumbing inspections can catch small problems before they get big and expensive. They can also prevent expensive problems with water damage that destroys flooring and creates other issues such as mold growth. Plus, an expense that is planned for is often easier to manage than a surprise bill. So you don't have to call us anytime soon :) 

- Replacing Antiquated Piping Systems: This product was popular in the 1970s and the 1980s because it was inexpensive and easy to install. Unfortunately, it doesn't belong in a rental unit plumbing system, or anywhere else for that matter, for a number of reasons. Repeated repairs will just result in more repairs. The solution is to replace the pipes with CPVC, copper, or some other suitable material. We recommend copper or plastic pipes because of its durability and inexpensiveness. 

- Partnering with a Trusted Mitigation Company: The services of a professional water remediation franchise can come in handy for a number of circumstances. Water restoration experts arrive quickly on the scene and take care of a water problem 24/7 and 365 days a year. SERVPRO of East Honolulu, is Faster to Any Size Disaster. Certified technicians have the training and equipment to handle water leaks, toilet overflows, and broken pipes mitigation services. 

Monitor Sewer Lines: Tree roots and other obstructions can cause sewage overflows and backups. Regular maintenance can clear away dangers to sewer pipes. 

Making the Best Musubi!

9/15/2020 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of East Honolulu we are always on the go. Most of our workers stop by the nearest gas station, grab a quick bite whether that is an egg roll, musubi, or sandwich and head right back out to the field. We are constantly starting and finishing jobs and because of that we know what a good musubi tastes like! 

We love all kinds of musubis too, there is nothing more satisfying than a katsu chicken musubi or a refreshing fried fish musubi! 

For anyone wondering, a musubi is a Japanese food that here in Hawai'i has been incorporated into our culture. It is simply a type of meat on top of a slab of rice and carefully wrapped by nori or seaweed. This can come in all different types of nori and meats, but the classic musubi is a thin slice of seaweed and spam. 

Spam is a cult classic in the Hawaiian isle, and it is absolutely delicious! 

So here are some ingredients needed for the office favorite: teriyaki spam musubi, 

- 1 can of Spam (keep the can, you'll need it for later!)

- 1 square sheet of nori, cut into 2 inch strips (this is for the individual musubi) 

- saran wrap ( to wrap the musubi) 

- Japanese medium grain sticky rice (this is important because this is the best and ultimate rice to make with musubis as it sticks well) 

here are the ingredients for teriyaki sauce: 

  •  4 tbsp of sugar 
  •  1 tbsp of mirin (rice wine vinegar) 
  •  4 tbsp of soysauce 

The steps for the teriyaki sauce, 

1. mix all the ingredients together in a sauce pan on low heat until all the sugar is dissolved 

2. set aside (this is what we will marinate the spam inside) 

To make the SPAM: 

1. cut the box of spam into about 1/4 inch slices, which is considered the perfect amount of meat. This will make about 5-6 slices per box 

there is where you can deviate: 

if you're making the musubis for the next day, in a baking pan place the slices of musubi into said pan and pour the teriyaki inside. Place into the refrigerator and place it over night.  

1. the next morning, place the teriyaki SPAM slices into a pan with 2 tbsp of oil and cook until brown

2. make sure that your rice is super fresh, so you'll have to make the rice that morning or use a timer to cook the rice accordingly

If it's for today let's continue! 

1. so get your cut spam and cook it in 2 tbsp of oil until it is a light brown and crispy, afterwards place the teriyaki sauce on top of the spam and let it simmer until it bubbles and tops the spam 

next, put some cling wrap inside your spam container, coating the inside and enough to have remaining saran wrap to pull it out of the tin 

1. place some freshly cooked rice inside the container that is coated with saran wrap and this will be about 4-5 tbsp of rice. 

2. then place the spam, and firmly press the rice and meat together 

3. once firmly set together gather the cling wrap and pull out the rice and meat 

4. from there the rice and meat should be firmly together enough that when you remove the wrap it will stay, take on of your seaweed slices and places it on top of the meat and rice in a way that will help the musubi maintain its integrity. When you firmly wrap the seaweed around the rice and meat block place a little bit of water on both ends of the seaweed strip to lock the seaweed into place. 

5. repeat this step until there are no more musubis, if there is extra teriyaki sauce you can use it to eat with the excess rice :) 

And that's how you make a musubi! Enjoy it with aloha, and make sure you tag us on instagram to share your own rendition of this island favorite! 

Our instagram handle is @ SERVPRO_east_honolulu

Saving Money by Being Cautious

9/15/2020 (Permalink)

Most people don't mind a leaky faucet or pipe, as long as it is only a few drops there is nothing to worry about... right? 

Actually, a leaky faucet can cause up to 7 gallons of water lost in one day. 

Not only this, if there is a significant flow of water there can be at least 30 gallons of lost water. There also many programs that actually calculate how much water could be lost based on your estimations! 

The problem with leaky/ faulty water pipes and faucets mean that there are long term problems with your materials! 

Once a leak starts, the longer that the problem is not fixed the more the pipe endures water damage, and also your house. 

Approximately,

-15,140 drips of water makes one gallon  

- 4,000 drips make a whole liter 

That is a whole gallon or liter wasted because of a dripping faucet. 

It is about $20-60 to fix a leaky pipe or faucet if you call a professional, which seems like a lot money. But, in comparison a leaky pipe or faucet can cost anywhere from $100-$600 a month!

Make sure if you have a leaky pipe, or faucet or anything that is using unnecessary amounts of water you fix it immediately. Not only will this save money, but it will also conserve necessary water for your ohana or business. 

But, wait there is more... 

running toilets!

Running toilets can also be a huge money sucker! A running toilet on average wastes about 200 gallons in a eight hour time window. This means that a running toilet can cost about: 

$75-$150 a month 

And if your problems go unchecked, this can cause long term damage... 

That's when you'll have to call us 

We have seen faulty pipes break because of a simple issue, and from that extensive water damage to your business or home. 

This can come in all shapes in sizes like damage to your dry wall, odor because of a water clean up, or even erosion if the problem has been occurring for a long and continuous time. 

Not only this, but when you think about it... 

Where does this water go? It isn't being consumer by you, or your constitutes.  

----------> well it is going to your local water company, the only issue is that if there are enough leakages in the neighborhood, or community; that is a significant amount of water. Being additionally treated that has not been used, this may increase the general price of water. Many water treatment companies have also stated that leakages are one of the main reasons why water is being inflated.  

So check on your pipes, take care of your running toilet, and leaky faucets/pipes. At the end of the day it will be easier for you, and you won't have to call us :) 

What is Considered Biohazard?

9/10/2020 (Permalink)

Biohazard means that there is an exposure of biological and chemical containment. This can be: sewage backups, blood borne pathogens, illegal substances or illegal substance factories.   

Essentially anything that has infectious materials potentially infectious substances. There needs to be even greater caution when there are bio hazardous materials that can inflict pain or puncture the skin. This is extremely dangerous as they can carriers of blood borne pathogens or other harms to the body or any organism. 

The most common types of bio hazard that we deal with is as follows: animal waste, human bodily fluids (blood, sweat..etc), pathological waste (such as that of sewer water). 

Even when dried biohazardous materials does pose a potential threat, it is a common misconception that they do not. Although it is less likely to effect an organism there is still potential for it to infect and should be avoided and to allow the professionals to handle it. 

SERVPRO of East Honolulu knows how to handle biohazard and is well-trained in it. We also frequently test our employees for blood borne pathogens and other harm to make sure that our employees are safe. We take care of you, and make sure that even any biohazard mess looks "Like it never even happened."

August: Sporicidin Fresh

9/1/2020 (Permalink)

For the month of August we want to highlight this awesome cleaner that isn't from us: Sporicidin Fresh! This is a biocide, defined in the European legislation as a chemical substance or microorganism intended to destroy, deter, render harmless, or exert a controlling effect on any harmful organisms. Biocides are often used as cleaners and disinfectants to clean bacteria or other harmful microorganisms for humans.  

Sporicidin Fresh is intended to be used in water damages that have the possibility of biological material existing within the water. This can kill the biological material and any of the harmful diseases or infections it may have. 

This is an EPA disinfectant, meaning that it has been approved by the United State's Environmental Protective Agency, and it ok to use for mold as well. And because of OSHA which is Occupational Safety and Health Act. This means that Sporicidin Fresh can also be used for bloode-borne pathogens. 

Looking for the Right Things From a Storm Restoration Company | SERVPRO® of East Honolulu

9/1/2020 (Permalink)

Fallen tree When you have damage from a storm to your home or commercial building, you can always depend on us to handle it. Call us today 808-395-9545

Experiencing a severe weather event is never an enjoyable thing, especially if your property is damaged in the process. Storm damage is becoming more common and more severe as time progresses, so we always advocate for people to think through what they will do before they find themselves needing restoration right away.

One of the most important aspects of the entire process is choosing the right company to handle your storm damage restoration. You will have many options after there is a major storm in the area, but picking correctly can significantly reduce your stress throughout the entire process and ensure your damage is properly handled.

What Should I Look for in a Storm Restoration Company?

What is their local and national reputation? When a storm moves through the area, so do many unscrupulous companies looking to take advantage of those affected. Scams after storms are extremely common, so it is best to make sure you are choosing a well-reputed company to handle your work. Checking that your company is both well-renowned in Honolulu and on a national level is advised.

How do they handle a surge in demand? When a major weather event strikes, the requests for restoration can easily overwhelm companies that are not built to handle the sudden influx of business. With us, however, you can be certain you will receive the same quick service regardless of the size of the disaster. Our national SERVPRO® partners can always provide more equipment and technicians when needed, so we will do a superb job after storms of any size.

When can I call them to report my damage? There is no schedule that severe weather abides by, so picking a company that adheres to strict office hours may not provide you with the best possible service. Thanks to our 247 emergency line, you can call us any time you experience damage so you can be certain we are working on it no matter what time of day a storm rolls through.

When you have damage from a storm to your home or commercial building, you can always depend on us to handle it. Contact us at any hour to see our exceptional service in action.

Are You Sure You Need a Drain Cleaner ?

8/31/2020 (Permalink)

 No one likes a clogged drain or plumbing problems, these can be ranging from horrendous to doable.

Some problems require professionals before it is too late and others need a simple fix or an at home DIY (do it yourself). There are many ways to get a drain working again, some better than others. Though reaching right away for a drain cleaner seems like a good idea, a closer look suggests pouring chemicals into your pipes should be approached with caution. These reasons clarify the dangers of resorting to chemicals. 

- The chemicals in a drain cleaner can be toxic 

     Drain cleaners are toxic to humans and to pets. Merely breathing in the chemicals can cause stinging in the eyes and discomfort in the mouth. The chemicals can also burn exposed skin. Putting them into your plumbing system may not be the safest. 

- Hazardous for the Environment

     Chemicals that go down the drain in your home or business in East Honolulu wind up in streams, groundwater, and the beach. These chemicals are toxic enough to kill fish, marine life, mammals and insects. There are less harmful ways to clear a clogged drain, including mechanical and biological options. 

- Erosion on pipes 

     Chemical drain cleaners work by creating enough heat to burn through substances causing the blockage. Whether the source of the heat is lye, bleach, acid, or some other substance, the chemicals can harm older, weaker pipes and plastic pipes. These chemicals weaken pipes and will lead to more issues in the future. 

- There is no 100% guarantee 

     In situations where the drain is completely blocked, chemicals often just sit in the pipes creating heat and not clearing the drain. Oil and grease buildup in the drain is another occasion not conducive to being cleaned with chemicals. 

What are some alternatives to store bought cleaners? 

  • Vinegar and Baking Soda - The vinegar is an acidic chemical, and baking soda is a natural cleansing product. Mix these two ingredients over the clogged drain. The mixture will fizz. Let the mixture sit overnight. In the morning, flush the drain with hot water.
  • Hot Water and Dish Soap - Boil some hot water and mix in a few tablespoons of dish soap. Then slowly pour the mixture down the drain. The hot water will help to liquefy the clog, and the soap will help it to slide down the drain.  

Whether your home or business has a clogged drain or a major sewage problem and happened to cause water damage, SERVPRO professionals are Faster to Any Size Disaster and are trained to remediate water damage. They are experienced in sewage cleaning methods that restore a building to excellent condition again. The franchise has been helping people recover from fires, floods, and other disasters for over 50 years. 

Do Not Hesitate to Call Us at  

(808) 395-9545

We are Cleaning Experts

8/14/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of East Honolulu 808-395-9545

Advice for Warm-Weather Thunderstorms | SERVPRO® of East Honolulu

8/12/2020 (Permalink)

Lightning If your home sustains damage due to a storm, you can count on us to help. Contact us at any hour to learn more about our storm restoration process.

Because storms need moisture to form, the humidity of summer always gives rise to regular, brief showers. However, these can also turn into more severe thunderstorms rather quickly, which can lead to damage from high winds, lightning and hail.

Since these storms feel routine, they are often ignored, but knowing how to stay safe from a storm anywhere you go can help protect you.

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Know your options for shelter. If you are at home and know that a storm is possible for the area, it is best to stay inside and wait it out in case things become severe. However, if a sudden storm catches you out and about, it is also important to know what to do then. Hard-topped cars can be a good shelter, provided you are able to park safely and cut off the engine, as the metal of the car will disburse lightning strikes without doing harm to passengers.

Practice electrical safety. As lightning strikes a building, it routes itself down the path of least resistance in order to reach the balancing charge of the ground—which often means it runs through a home’s electrical wiring system to do so. This can cause a power surge, which is when the charge overwhelms the system and runs through the outlets to anything plugged in. Running everything through your home and office through surge protectors is a great first step, but if you know a storm is coming, you can also unplug everything to be extra safe.

Avoid direct contact with concrete. Did you know that concrete structures have been found to conduct electricity? While concrete itself does not carry a charge, it is often reinforced with metals that can be impacted by a lightning strike and transfer this energy to the surrounding concrete. If a thunderstorm is nearby, avoid touching any concrete walls or floors directly.

Stay indoors for at least 30 minutes. When sudden summer storms interrupt your plans, as soon as the sky clears you will want to get back outside—but since lightning has a 25-mile strike range, going outside prematurely can actually put you in harm’s way. When thunder claps, start a 30-minute timer before heading outdoors, and reset it every time you hear another rumble to be safe.

If your home sustains damage due to a storm, you can count on us to help. Contact us at any hour to learn more about our storm restoration process.

Be Sure Your Staff Knows What to Do in Case of a Fire | SERVPRO® of East Honolulu

8/7/2020 (Permalink)

Fire Drill If your business has experienced fire damage, you can count on us. We specialize in commercial fire restoration and will be here for you 24/7

Making boosts to your business’ safety efforts is a great way to ensure you are not surprised by any emergencies and that you are keeping your staff as safe as possible. Fires at businesses happen quite frequently, so anything you can do to plan ahead and reduce your risk is wise.

Being able to get your staff evacuated quickly from a fire is the most important component to plan for so you can be certain you are doing your best to keep everyone safe. Having a plan in place for fire drills is a great way to ensure everyone knows exactly how to react if one starts.

Have a Plan in Place for Workplace Fire Drills

Consult with your local fire officials. Fire officials are an amazing resource when it comes to planning out your fire safety efforts, so definitely get in touch with them and gain their insight into your fire drill strategy. They can often come by and help you identify evacuation routes and other special considerations that might impact your fire drills.

Communicate and mark fire evacuation routes. After mapping out your fire drills, mark them clearly so that they are easy to identify even in a stressful situation. Inform your staff of your fire safety plans, and let them know when and what to expect from your upcoming exercise so they can be prepared.

Have fire drills frequently. The main goal of a fire drill is to help everyone understand exactly what to do and go through the motions so that they are prepared in case a real fire starts. Frequently go through the processes with your staff and host drills at least once each quarter so everyone has a chance to rehearse.

Run different fire scenarios. There are a number of places that a fire could start—the office kitchen is the most likely place, but electrical malfunctions or other incidents could lead to a fire in other areas of the building. Make sure you plan for different scenarios and alter your drills each time so that everyone can prepare for the most amount of situations possible.

If your business has experienced fire damage, you can count on us. We specialize in commercial fire restoration and will be here for you at any hour—contact us today.