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How Commercial Restoration Services Can Help Minimize Downtime

5/16/2019 (Permalink)

After a storm, fire, or flood you realize your building is extremely damaged. It may be overwhelming at first, and the process may seem lengthy, but the right commercial restoration company will allow you to resume your operations quickly. Below is a summary of what to expect when you are restoring your business after disaster hits.

No matter how small, any disaster can lead to great losses for a business; costly repairs and downtime are among the main reasons why that happens. The team at SERVPRO of Kailua North/ Laie is fully qualified to restore your business to its original states. They use equipment and techniques that allow you to get back to work with as little disruption and downtime as possible.

What to Expect

The first step to restoration is an inspection. The specialists will determine the scope of the damage to the process can begin. Ideally, the inspection should occur 2-3 days after the disaster. After the inspection, items that don’t function need to be disposed of, as well as the excess water must be removed. The property will be cleaned and disinfected, then the necessary repairs and the reconstruction will be completed.

It is important to hire professionals to handle restoration for your business, to make sure everything is done right, and you are back to work. If you are in need of restoration services call our SERVPRO team at (808)235- 5015. They specialize in commercial or household cleaning, as well as restoration and reconstruction services for mold, fire damage, floods, and storms. Call today for an inspection.

Is There a Difference between Janitorial and Commercial Cleaning Services?

5/16/2019 (Permalink)

Both janitorial and commercial cleaning services are hired to maintain buildings clean. This article helps you understand the differences between the services so you can choose the option that is best for your business.

Commercial Cleaning Services

When there is a need for heavy-duty service, commercial cleaning will get the job done. Working on a scheduled basis, the commercial cleaning team will buff the floors, handle carpet cleaning, and they are able to power wash the exterior of a building with ease.

Offices, medical buildings, hotels, malls, and schools are among the specialty of commercial cleaners. Having a clean building ensures that visitors, customers, and employees feel comfortable and safe. If you need deep cleaning services, contact commercial cleaners.

Janitorial Service

When you need basic day-to-day cleaning such as disinfecting bathrooms, break rooms, and kitchens, janitorial work is the solution. Janitors sweep and mop floors, wipe down appliances and desks, remove the trash, and deal with all light-duty cleaning and small building maintenance such as replacing light bulbs.

It is important to keep your buildings clean and professional. If you are in need of cleaning services call our SERVPRO team at (808)235- 5015. They specialize in commercial or household cleaning, as well as restoration and reconstruction services for mold, fire damage, floods, and storms. Call today for an inspection.

The Importance of Mold Remediation

5/16/2019 (Permalink)

If mold begins to show in your office or building, it is important to reach out to a professional mold remediation team as soon as possible. With help from a team, you can detect the root of the problem and begin to put an end to it.

What is Mold?

Mold is simply a cluster of spores that exist in the air, but it thrives and escalates in certain environments. Specialists will get rid of most mold - not only in the troubled areas but also the spores in the air. They use tools and methods to clean the vast majority of mold and keep it away from your building.

Because moist environments are where mold thrives, the key is to detect the source so you don’t have more mold problems in the future. Professionals will leave behind personalized knowledge to keep the mold away from your space.

The Importance of Mold Remediation

It is crucial to eliminate mold because breathing in the spores can affect health. In your office, employees may become less productive and less professional. Mold multiplies quickly, and if you spot it, don’t attempt to eliminate it yourself, call a professional and ensure that you won’t have a mold problem again.

It is important to keep your buildings clean and professional. If you are in need of mold remediation services call our SERVPRO team at (808)235- 5015. They specialize in commercial or household cleaning, as well as restoration and reconstruction services for mold, fire damage, floods, and storms. Call today for an inspection.

Five Qualities to Look for In a Cleaning Service

5/12/2019 (Permalink)

Even when you make an effort to keep your home clean, there will be times where the workload may be too much. Travel, illness, or hosting large events may require some extra help. A professional service can help you focus on what is most important and not worry about cleaning. Here are five qualities to look for if you are thinking about hiring cleaning services.

1. Professionalism

Cleaning service employees should maintain a level of professionalism. Not all companies require their employees to wear a uniform, however, their appearance should be neat and clean. Employees should also carry a form of identification linking them to the service, as well as respect your home and your family.

2. Equipment

Always call ahead to verify if the service company will provide cleaning equipment such as sponges, brooms, mops, detergents, vacuum cleaner, and all other equipment necessary. If you prefer that the service providers use the products that you have, let them know ahead of time so there isn’t any confusion.

3. References

Search for testimonials online and look for references from previous clients. Try to look for clients who had needs similar to your own. Check for feedback such as turn-around time, effectiveness, and employee attitude.

4. Attention to Detail

Focus on details is what differentiates a professional cleaning service. A service where employees know to clean under the furniture, corners, baseboards, in between shelves, among others makes your house look and feel cleaner.

Daily House Cleaning v. Deep Cleaning Service

5/12/2019 (Permalink)

If your home is in need of change, you may be considering a professional cleaning service. However, you may wonder if that is something you can do yourself. Here is the room by room differences between general cleaning and deep cleaning to help you decide what is best for you.

Kitchen

The Kitchen is one of the places that accumulate most grime. While a general clean take care of surface dirt and dust, deep cleaning goes behind and inside everything for a more thorough wash. 

When it comes to general cleaning, appliances such as the oven, fridge, microwave, and dishwasher, they will be wiped down and clean on top and outside. General cleaning will also include mopping, vacuuming, chair and table surface dusting and wipe down.

A deep cleaning will target inside and behind the appliances as well as all surfaces and knickknacks will be disinfected and shined.

Bathroom

To keep a bathroom looking and smelling fresh, deep cleaning it often is the best option. With general cleaning, shower stalls, tiles, toilet, vanity, and the sink will be cleaned and disinfected. A deep clean will give all areas more attention, cleaning more than just the surface, shower door and tiles will be scrubbed to prevent mildew growth, and any existing mildew will be chemically treated.

Living Room

Everything that is in plain sight will be cleaned in a general living room cleaning. All surfaces, mirrors, windowsills, and floors will be dusted, vacuumed and cleaned. Deep cleaning in a living room focuses on details such as the lamp shades, ceiling fans, carpet edges, vents, and blinds. It is important to have your home deep cleaned so you don’t have accumulated dust in areas that you can’t see since that can be detrimental to health.

Bedrooms

General cleaning will usually make the bed, wipe surfaces and vacuum. An in-depth service will clean baseboards, vacuum under the bed, and dust all materials, as well as organize the room for a neater appearance.

If you are in need of cleaning services call our SERVPRO team at (808)235-5015. They specialize in commercial household cleaning, as well as restoration and reconstruction services for mold, fire damage, floods, and storms. Call today for an inspection.

6 Steps to Take if Your Home Has Flooded

5/11/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage 6 Steps to Take if Your Home Has Flooded Take the proper steps when you deal with water damage!

When your home is flooded it is important to assess the damage and make your property safe once again. Knowing which steps to take and acting fast after a disaster is crucial in order to restore your home back to its original state. Below are six tips on what to do in case your home has flooded.

1. Contact the Local Authorities

If there is a risk the utility lines were damaged, or if there is sewer water in the flood, contact the right authorities before going back into the house, as those can affect health. Electronic components or gas leaks that are in contact with water can be very dangerous and must be handled by a licensed professional.

2. Turn Electricity and Water Off

If you are able to get to the main electrical panel and water valves, turn off your utilities. The first 24 hours are critical after a flood. This will protect your home once the emergency is over and power is restored.

3. Listen to Local Authorities

If your town is determined to be unsafe follow instructions posted by local leaders, make sure to listen for evacuation procedures, and do not return to your town, or home unless a professional team ensures it is safe.

4. Check your surroundings

When coming into a home with water damage, check for falling pieces such as an unstable floor, warped walls and beams, and loose roofing. Do not enter the property if you believe it could collapse.

5. Call your Insurance Company

Call your insurance company to clarify what kinds of damage the insurance will cover so you can take the right steps to repair the damages. You will be requested to send pictures of the flood, so take clear pictures and walkthrough videos before cleaning up, you may also choose to wait for an adjuster before cleaning up.

6. Hire a Water Damage Professional

The aftermath of a flood can be dangerous, call a professional water damage company to help restore your home back to its original state. The sooner water is removed, the less damage it will make. These teams will ensure the moisture is out of your home, and there won’t be mold growth, among other problems.

If your house has flooded call our SERVPRO team at (808)235- 5015. They specialize in restoration and reconstruction services for floods, fire damage, mold, and storms. Call today for an inspection.

Mold and Mildew – Frequently Asked Questions

5/11/2019 (Permalink)

The Difference Between Mold and Mildew

Mold and Mildew are fungi commonly found in the moist areas of homes. Mold forms and spreads with invisible spores that travel through the air. Once a cluster of mold is formed, it becomes apparent typically as brown, gray, black, or even pink growth.

Mildew is simply a type of mold that spreads on flat surfaces, it is not as damaging to your home, or as harmful to breathe as other kinds of mold, but all mold should be addressed quickly to prevent spreading.

How Mold is Removed

Mold removal must begin with isolating the area since removing the mold disturbs spores and release them where they can be inhaled. The next steps are misting the area to keep the dust down, removing all damaged materials and placing them in sealed plastic bags.

After removing the affected materials, the area is cleaned and vacuumed with a HEPA vacuum to remove spores. Then, it is thoroughly dried out and the cause of moisture is repaired, such as improving air flow or fixing a leak.

How Mildew is Removed

Bleach can kill growth and even eliminate small amounts of mildew. If you see a small line of mildew start to form, bleach is a great solution. To eliminate mildew, you must act before it turns into mold.

Can I remove it myself?

You can bleach small amounts of mildew, but never attempt to remove mold on your own. A professional will clear and seal the area, so spores won’t affect the air quality of your home. The teams use specialized tools and equipment that households don’t possess. When it comes to your family’s health, don’t take any risks.

If your house has been affected by mold call our SERVPRO team at (808)235- 5015. They specialize in restoration and reconstruction services for mold, fire damage, floods, and storms. Call today for an inspection!

Seven Benefits of Having a Storm Door

5/8/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Seven Benefits of Having a Storm Door Storm doors have benefits beyond added protection from storms.

If your front door is durable and sturdy, a storm door may seem unnecessary. However, there are more benefits to a storm door, such as added protection against intrusion and energy efficiency. Here are some advantages that will help you decide if a storm door is for you.

1. Noise Minimization

Noise travels the air through molecule vibrations. Recording studios use doubled doors that contain thick material to slow down the vibration of air, therefore reducing noise entry into a room. Similarly, storm doors introduce a noise reducing effect, turning your home into a quiet getaway.

2. Energy Efficiency

The first principle of insulation is that the seal of the barrier should have no gap, therefore not allowing temperature-regulated air to escape, and unregulated air to enter. A storm door can help improve insulation by adding barriers to your entryway, which is the most susceptible part of your home.

3. Security
Storm doors generally come with a bolt-and-padlock feature, advanced security vault locks or strengthen screens and reinforced fiberglass. These features add security to the home, compared to a regular door.

4. Style
The entrance door of your home is the first thing people see. If you are looking to make a good impression, storm doors can be crafted with elegance and according to your specifications using materials such as wood, plexiglass, aluminum, and PVC.

5. Affordability
Replacing any door in your home is not cheap. You will have to buy a prefabricated door, or the materials to make one and hire a professional contractor to install it. A beautifully designed storm door can be a better solution than simply replacing it with another regular door since it is more durable and reliable.

6. Ventilation
Storm doors are versatile and generally have screen and fiberglass windows, allowing to switch between them, to get air flow, or maintain indoor temperatures.

7. Value
Storm doors are durable and affordable. They can be made from wood, aluminum or other sturdy materials. They are made to last and can be a great investment because they will add value to your home if you decide to sell it in the future.

Storm doors provide various advantages such as safety and comfort. If you have been hit by a storm call our SERVPRO team at (808)235-5015. We specialize in restoration and reconstruction services for fire damage, mold, and storms. Call today for an inspection.

Tips to Ready Your Roof for a Storm

5/8/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Tips to Ready Your Roof for a Storm Prepare your home for future storms.

Often when the forecast predicts storms, homeowners are concerned about how their house will handle it. Heavy winds and rain can wreak havoc on roofs, but there are ways to prevent serious roof repairs. Follow the tips below to get a head start on preventing roof damage this storm season.

1. Clean Gutters and Downspouts

Even a light breeze can fill up your gutter and downspouts with debris and leaves over time. However, when a storm hits, it is almost certain that the materials that are in the gutter will clog it, making it hard to control the rainwater. The water will accumulate on your roof weighing down the structure and seeping into your home. This type of damage can require expensive flood restoration and roof repair services, which is why you should clean your gutters and downspouts regularly.

2. Trim branches Away from Home

Heavy wind is one of the many elements of a storm, trees often fall due to storms. Strong winds can break branches, and if those are close to your roof, you can end up with severe damage to your home. Make sure you have no branches hanging over your home, trim them back on a when they do.

3. Schedule Regular Roof Inspections

Being proactive is always a good idea, instead of waiting for problems to arise, schedule regular inspections from a professional roofing service. That will allow you to stay one step ahead of issues, so when a storm hits, you are prepared. Inspections identify the weak spots of your roof, such as leaks, structural weakness, and loose shingles, and professionals can fix them before the situation gets worse.

If you have been hit by a storm or want to be proactive, call our SERVPRO team on (808) 235- 5015. We specialize in restoration and reconstruction services for fire damage, mold, and storms. Call today for an inspection.

Assessing Roof Damage After a Storm

5/8/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Assessing Roof Damage After a Storm Roofs are not immune to storm damage.

1. Examine the Landscape

After the storm is over, take a walk around your house to look for damage. Heavy winds can cause branches to fall from trees, as well as it is common for homeowners to find roof shingles in the yard. If you find either, you can assume your roof has been damaged and requires further inspection.

2. Inspect the Exterior

If you don’t feel comfortable inspecting the top of your house, call a roofing company. However, a lot of damage can potentially be observed from a distance. Here are three common problems to look for:
- Curling, cracking or missing shingles
- Flashing on the chimney is loose or cracked
- Debris on your roof, such as tree branches
It is also smart to assess the gutter system if the gutters have standing water or are heavy (sagging), call a roofing company to repair them. If roofing problems aren’t addressed, the structure of the house may suffer.

3. Investigate the interior

In many cases, there is no apparent damage on the outside, however, compromised roofs may form leaks that allow water in the ceiling or attic area. If there are moist spots on the ceiling or wet marks on the walls, there is a leak on your roof. Leaks must be fixed promptly, preventing further damage to the structure of the home and the belongings inside.

If you have been hit by a storm or want to be proactive call our SERVPRO team on (808)235-5015. We specialize in restoration and reconstruction services for fire damage, mold, and storms. Call today for an inspection.