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Ceiling, Floor, and Wall Cleaning

3/26/2021 (Permalink)

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Ceilings and Walls

Ceiling and wall cleaning should be part of the cleaning maintenance of your home or business. You should also clean walls before painting so that the primer and paint can adhere properly. Whether you are preparing to paint or just looking for professional cleaning, SERVPRO of East Honolulu can help.

Ceilings and walls are exposed to dirt and dust, pet dander, cooking oils and grease, cigarette smoke, and other contaminants. Your heating and air conditioning system can distribute these contaminants throughout your property. Learn more about air duct and HVAC cleaning.

Using SERVPRO’s time-tested and industry-approved steps, along with our proprietary cleaning products and methods, we strive to restore your ceilings and walls without the need to repaint or refinish and to help the entire property smell fresh.

Need Professional Cleaning? Call Today (808) 395-9545

Hard Floors

Hard flooring, like hardwood and tile, is often used in today’s homes and commercial properties. At first glance, hard flooring appears to be easy to clean, maintain, and restore. However, these materials tend to have soil accumulate over time, and eventually you’ll need professional cleaning to remove this buildup.

We have specialized training in time-tested and industry-approved cleaning methods. Also, our proprietary cleaning system allows our Professionals to properly clean and restore your floor’s original beauty.

 

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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What are Sump Pumps?

11/20/2020 (Permalink)

Sump pumps move water from your basement out of your home. A sump is a naturally constructed pit, usually a hole carved below the main surface of your basement floor. This pit, known as a basin, holds the sump pump. The pump is equipped with valves that sense escalating water levels or pressure. When the water gets too high, sump pumps automatically pump excess water out of the basement and away from your property using a discharge line. This line, called an effluent, connects the sump pump to a designated drainage area. 

A sump pump protects your home from heavy rains and rising waters that leave behind enormous repair costs and structural damages. It's important to know which of the different types of sumps pumps best fits your needs. 

Sump pumps are typically installed at the lowest point of your home. A properly functioning sump pump will kick on when water levels get too high, sending water out to help keep your basement dry. The typical sump pump runs on electricity, but if you live in an area prone to violent storms that can cause power outages you may want to consider purchasing a battery back up-operated sump pump or a water pressure-activated sump pump. The middle of a storm is a terrible time for you to discover your sump pump has failed. 

Cost of a sump pump

Generally, a basement submersible sump will cost anywhere from $100-$400 depending on the horsepower and flow rate, with $500-$1000 prices for sump pumps with commercial uses. Below is a list of considerations for calculating the cost of a sump pump in your home:

1. Type of sump pump

The type of sump pump you choose for your home will determine your cost. Factors such as the material used to make the sump pump, size, horsepower, additional features, including backup battery or a specified switch type can all contribute to the cost. 

2. Basement material

The floor of your basement can play a part in the cost of installation. If your basement is made of cement or concrete, then the floor will need to be removed in the lowest point of your basement where you plan to install the pump. The thicker the cement, the higher the cost of labor.

3. Drainage

If your city requires a drainage point a distance from your house, yard drainage lines or extension hoses can increase the cost of installation. Not to mention, they can be hazards to your yard or even freeze in the winter.

4. Permits

The cost of a permit will vary depending on location, so it is best to consider beforehand. The guidelines will also help you factor the cost of the job.

5. Licensed professional

Installing the sump pump yourself can cut costs dramatically if you know what you are doing. But if you are unsure, it is best to go with a licensed professional. Installation cost is cheaper than treating a flooded basement. 

Performing a full maintenance check on your sump pump system is a pretty simple process that can potentially help you avoid a costly water loss.

  • Before adjusting or moving sump pump, disconnect the sump pump from its electricity source.
  • Remove the pump from the well and check the intake grate for any rocks or debris that could have been pulled in.
  • Clear well of any debris.
  • Put sump pump back in to place and reconnect to power source.
  • Fill a 5 gallon bucket with water and pour in to the sump well to make sure the system kicks on and is operating as should.
  • Outside your home, check the condition of the pump discharge pipe, making sure it is free of blockage and debris.

If your sump pump appears to not be operating as intended, do not hesitate to call a professional to assess your system.

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. 

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

COVID-19 Cleaning as Biohazard Experts

8/14/2020 (Permalink)

covid As COVID-19 spreads, know that SERVPRO has your back

During this unprecedented time, there have been more than a few changes to everyday life. 

Like remembering your mask wherever you go, or temperature checks at work; COVID-19 has changed many Hawai'i residents' lives. 

As COVID-19 rates exponentially rise in our state (with the average newly reported cases topping that of March's averages) there is an increased uncertainty for the future. 

But if there is one thing SERVPRO of East Honolulu is known for, it's our readiness to serve our community as field experts. 

As you are adapting with the community we are adapting to your new issues, including COVID-19 cleanings. 

We pride ourselves on repping the SERVPRO brand, and what that means to our customers satisfaction. Our experts have years of experience cleaning biomedical hazards, viral contaminates, and high-touch areas. 

With our EPA-grade cleaning solutions that are hospitable-friendly and tough enough to kill 99.99% of germs. We can effectively sanitize an area that has been affected by COVID-19. In addition to using top quality solutions, we also use our HEPA filters to additionally clean the air from airborne particles. These HEPA filters use modern technology to thoroughly clean the air of contaminates unable to be caught by just using sanitizing solutions. 

Here at SERVPRO of East Honolulu, we pride ourselves in keeping with accordance to CDC standards and EPA guidelines for the most efficient clean for your home and business. 

Using the three C's: consult, clean, and certify we can help disinfect COVID-19 exposed surfaces and general areas. 

Do not hesitate to call us at: 

(808) 395-9545

"Like it never even happened." Our SERVPRO promise to you.

July: SERVPRO Orange

7/1/2020 (Permalink)

For the month of July, SERVPRO of East Honolulu wants to highlight SERVPRO Orange, one of the best cleaners for cleaning up protein, oil-based soot, and soiling. 

SERVPRO Orange boasts the use of only 6 ingredients to get the job done. This is a multi-purposed cleaner that is oil-based. 

Oil-based cleaners are efficient in cleaning oily things, this is because of a chemical phenomena. Water does not mix with oil because of the polarity of the water molecule. Oily substances tend to be non-polar, this has to do with their charge. They have no charge, this makes it hard to attract oil with anything besides... oil! 

The SERVPRO Orange cleaner does just that, it attracts oil from substances to the liquid and with one swipe, the oily mess if gone! That means the SERVPRO Orange cleaner is an excellent tool in the kitchen, cleaning up any greasy, meat mess and more. It is also good at cleaning light soot from a fire place or candles. 

Not to mention SERVPRO Orange also has the delectable smell of freshly-peeled oranges, so after it cleans your mess it leaves a beautiful smell!

What is Odor Removal?

6/30/2020 (Permalink)

Odor removal is one of our cleaning services we offer, this includes removing the source, cleaning the surrounding areas affected and air scrubbing. 

Sometimes odor removal is essential to a demolition or project. This is the case for some water, storm, or biohazard damage. The odor removal is very simple which is removing the substance that is causing an odor. This could also be biological waste, cigarettes, mold, or bathtub drain. 

After the odor removal then there is a cleaning process, that is cleaning all the surfaces suspected to smell due to the odor substance. This can be the flooring, walls, and soft substances. Luckily, the soft substances can be cleaned from the odorous substance and get back to smelling brand new. 

The final process that we do for odor removal is the air scrubbing. To many this may sound weird, why wold you scrub the air? Well, air scrubbing is a HEPA filtration and you are running it inside a room and it scrubs the air. Any air borne particulate: dust, mold spores, soot, odor are taken away from due to the filtration and your air is clean as ever!

Most of the odor jobs don't need a demolition process, SERVPRO of East Honolulu has the top technology in the cleaning and restoration business!

Esporta Machine: the dream

6/17/2020 (Permalink)

The Esporta Wash System is the disaster restoration industry’s only wet-wash machine designed exclusively to recover “soft contents” damaged in fire and water disasters and even mold. Soft contents include items such as footwear, linens, outerwear, bedding, outdoor items, athletic equipment, stuffed toys, and almost all of your personal clothing. Practically anything that would be found in your home, that industrial cleaning products cannot clean.

The patented system breaks down unwanted organic materials and kills bacteria, viruses, and mold spores on contact. The system also removes organic and inorganic contaminants without degrading or damaging the materials. It is five times more effective than traditional front-loading washing machines. This makes it easier for us at SERVPRO of East Honolulu to restore your property! This machine also makes it plausible for less materials and home goods to be thrown away.

If you have favorite items of clothing that have been affected by any natural disaster or mold/mildew infestation, ask our SERVPRO of East Honolulu qualified team and experts about your options for salvaging soft goods!

What is Air Scrubbing?

6/6/2020 (Permalink)

To us professionals here at SERVPRO of East Honolulu, air scrubbing is actually due to an air filtration device. This is a machine that cleans the air of particles that may be in your home. This could be something as simple as dust or clothing particles and as deadly as black mold.  

Because air is such a vital source for all life sources, an air filtration device is crucial for most jobs. This is also important for cleaning and disinfecting for COVID-19, and soot particles in the air.  

How does it work? 

Our air filtration device simply takes in the air surrounding and traps the particles from various sources into the filter. From there it releases the air back, this is the same concept of a Brita filter or other water filtering devices.  

We also call it a HEPA machine... why? 

Well in order to make this process most effective with a track record of 97.99% we use a HEPA filter. A HEPA filter, when air drawn through the back of the machine it is run through the HEPA filter. That is the very reason why there is no returning particulates when the air is released from the machine. The filter is extremely efficient and catches almost anything. 

These types of cleaning are great for hospitals and doctors who believe there are contaminants in the air. We also use air scrubbing after fire damages and mold remediation. But, it can also be used if one has respiratory issues.  

Here at SERVPRO of East Honolulu with the state of the art machine, we can "clean" the air so to speak for easier cleaning. 

DIY Cleaner!

5/31/2020 (Permalink)

We are facing unprecedented times during this COVID-19 season, people in the community have lost their job, or have had a significant wage cut. We at SERVPRO East Honolulu are thinking of you, and have you in our hearts. Here is a simple recipe for a spray that can be used as a general disinfectant: 

you're going to need: 

- a spray bottle, cleaned 

-1/2 cup of white vinegar 

-1/2 cup of 70% Rubbing Alcohol 

-1 cup of distilled water 

- 5 drops of citrus/orange essential oil (optional) 

To make this spray it is simple and effective, you mix all the ingredients besides the essential oil into the spray bottle. After this is thoroughly mixed, which can be done by vigorously shaking the bottle, add in the essential oil for smell. 

You can use orange peels as well this also creates a lovely aroma if you don't have access to an orange essential oil. 

And don't be afraid to experiment! Not everyone likes the smell of oranges, and that is OK; one can use also the same of amount of eucalyptus, lavender, mint, or any other essential oil lying around. The most important ingredient is the 70% rubbing alcohol, that concentration will kill most bacteria and keep you and your ohana safe.

This is an easy way to clean your household on a tighter budget, the orange also creates a lovely smell perfect for any nose! 

Chemical of the Month: SERVPROXIDE

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO East Honolulu we use all types of chemicals to clean and re-store anything. To show our extensive knowledge on the chemicals that WE use, and how they are the BEST we are doing a chemical of the month. 

For the month of June, the chemical we are highlighting is SERVPROXIDE. 

SERVPROXIDE kills harmful bacteria on hard and soft surfaces, it controls, prevents, and inhibits mold and mildew from re-growth. 

This is 100% bio degradable, and is efficient as it does not need a wipe down after being sprayed. 

There is a cool component of SERVPROXIDE, the longer the chemical is on a surface, the more potent it becomes. After 5 minutes of contact time, SERVPROXIDE kills hepatitis A

SERVPROXIDE is extremely versatile and with proper instructions it can be used: to sanitize, deodorize, disinfect, pre-cleaner or post-cleaner, and can be used on both porous and non-porous surfaces. 

Also, SERVPROXIDE carries the EPA's lowest toxicity rating meaning that this can be used for everyday use and industrial. This is great for any need, we use SERVPROXIDE for mold remediation, water damage, and cleaning services we offer.

Fighting Sewage, Mold, and Soot

1/30/2017 (Permalink)

Imagine wading into the ocean. Living in Hawaii, it is easy to do. Feel the force of the waves pushing against your body? Now imagine that same force pushing through items inside of a washing machine. 
This is exactly what happens inside of the ESPORTA WASH SYSTEM that uses a completely different technology from a regular machine called the hydraulic water action. 
SERVPRO of East Honolulu, a local cleaning and restoration company has brought this new technology to Oahu. Now items contaminated with sewage, mold, smoke, and soot can be disinfected to food grade clean, "like it never even happened," which is in fact SERVPRO's slogan. 

"We can wash anything from teddy bears and dolls to leather boots, purses, jackets, pillows and blackets, taking out odor, as well as killing potentially harmful bacteria." -Raul Natividad, SERVPRO of East Honolulu owner who's been in the business for over 25 years. 

Ultrasonic Cleaning

1/14/2017 (Permalink)

Restored porcelain Buddha through ultrasonic cleaning

What picture comes to mind when you think of the word "ultrasonic"? Well, one of the things ultrasound waves can do is....clean your belongings from various contaminants, including mold and soot. In fact, the items can be anything from jewelry, glass, and ceramic materials to even electronics - computers and TV's. 

The high-frequency waves can be used with just water, but use of a solvent along with the soiling enhances the effect. Cleaning normally last between 3 - 6 minutes, but can also exceed 20 minutes, depending on the object.

OK, but what exactly goes on inside of the ultrasonic cleaner??? In a process called cavitation, bubbles form and grow. Prior to the bubble implosion, there is a tremendous amount of energy stored inside of them. When the implosion occurs near a hard surface, it changes the bubbles into a jet, which travels at extremely high speeds towards the hard surface. With the combination of pressure, temperature, and velocity, the jet frees contaminants from their bonds with the substrate. Because of the small size of the jet and the large energy, ultrasonic cleaning reaches into the small crevices and removes entrapped soils very efficiently.