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Asbestos Testing

4/4/2022 (Permalink)

Asbestos abatement is the process of removing or mitigating the effects caused by asbestos. Asbestos has been used in literally thousands of construction materials on Oahu, commonly referred to as asbestos-containing materials.

Unfortunately, asbestos has been found to pose serious health conditions when its fibers become loose, or airborne. SERVPRO of Kailua is certified and licensed to perform asbestos testing, abatement and removal to ensure the safety of people in a home or building.

Call us at 808-744-2730 for a FREE Onsite Estimate.

4 Reasons to choose us...

  • 24/7 No Charge Inspection Fee. We will come out any time of day to inspect your home or business at no charge to you.
  • Family Owned. We're local to Honolulu and we've been in business for over 8 years.
  • Licensed, Bonded, and Insured. We are licensed, bonded, and insured to perform asbestos testing, removal, and cleaning locally in Hawaii.  
  • 5 Star Google Rating. We have over 150 combined Google reviews between our Kailua and Central Honolulu locations. 

Asbestos Testing

  • First, determine when your home, or building was constructed. Asbestos was banned by the US Government in 1978. Structures on Oahu may have used asbestos in the construction process through 1989. It's a good rule of thumb to have an asbestos abatement company test if you suspect asbestos.
  • Second, see if there are signs of disturbed asbestos materials. Look for warning signs of degrading construction materials. Worn-out and disintegrating pipes, walls, insulation, vinyl flooring and other materials. When asbestos is undisturbed and intact, it can often be kept in place with minimal risk of exposure. But when it starts to break down and the fibers are released in the air, it becomes toxic.
  • Third, call an asbestos testing or abatement company to have the materials tested. You can check for signs of asbestos on your own, but testing should be done by a certified professional using special equipment. If asbestos is present, hire a contractor to repair or remove the materials that contain it to ensure the safety of people using the building.

*Inspections should always be done if there are asbestos concerns.

Asbestos Removal

Removing asbestos-containing materials without testing beforehand is a more dangerous and intrusive. Once the asbestos is airborne, breathing the toxic material can cause scarring to the tissue of the lungs and even lead to cancer.

When you have a water damage to a home or structure, a demolition, or a renovation where asbestos is suspected - you must first have the materials tested to ensure safety.

Calling a licensed asbestos abatement contractor

Asbestos abatement contractors are trained and licensed in handling asbestos. You could collect the sample on your own, but you would still have to give the samples to an EPA-certified laboratory.

SERVPRO of Kailua is a licensed asbestos contractor located in Oahu. We can help you with asbestos testing, removal, and cleaning. We will ensure the safety of the people in your home or building. 

Call us at 808-744-2730 or click the REQUEST HELP ONLINE button at the top of this page to request service or to request a call back.

What Can I Do if I Have Mold Growing in My Kailua Home?

3/21/2022 (Permalink)

A woman is looking at mold growing in a cabinet. We are the mold specialist, SERVPRO of Kailua

Aloha! If you discover mold growing in your home or business, it may be a sign of a leak or hidden water damage. When we arrive, we will locate the source of the excess moisture and fix the problem as part of the remediation process to discourage the mold from returning once it has been contained and removed.

Our local team in Kailua has years of experience mitigating and remediating mold. The humid climate in Kailua encourages mold growth, and heavy rain or water damage can also bring excess moisture into the house. Mold spores are always present in the atmosphere waiting for the right moist conditions to colonize!

Important Facts:

  • Significant mold growth can occur in 48 to 72 hours
  • Mold may present a risk of health effects in certain individuals
  • A strong, musty odor may indicate hidden mold behind drywall or under carpeting

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans
  • Contact our office in Kailua for mold remediation services

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold

Call Us Today!

Our Kailua team has the training, equipment, and experience to clean and restore mold damage, no matter how big the job is. Call us today at 808-235-5015. Mahalo.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Deep Cleaning Services for Kailua Homes?

2/22/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technicians are cleaning a wall. We provide a full range of deep cleaning services for Honolulu county locals.

Aloha! When your home needs deep cleaning services that go beyond what a housekeeping service can do, SERVPRO® of Kailua is Here to Help. ® Over time, dirt and odors can become embedded in carpets, upholstery, and walls. Kailua locals can rely on our technicians to deep clean your home, “Like it never even happened.” Our residential deep cleaning services include:

Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning

The SERVPRO carpet and upholstery cleaning service will not only get out the dirt you see but will also remove the unwanted dust you don’t. A professionally cleaned carpet and furniture may make all the difference in brightening up a room and freshening up your home.

Odor Removal

Your basic cleaning service will not have the expertise to deodorize your home effectively. Take advantage of SERVPRO’s residential cleaning services to remove unwanted odors.

Air Duct Cleaning

We all have tasks around the house that don’t make it to the top of our priority list. Properly maintaining your home’s air ducts should not be one of them. Regular duct cleaning can increase your home’s heating and cooling efficiency and improve the quality of the air you and your family breathe.

Sewage and Biohazard Clean Up

Our experts are ready to assist in the clean-up of sewage and other biohazard materials and provide deep cleaning services for your home.

Call Us Today!

Kailua locals and commercial businesses can count on SERVPRO® of Kailua to deep clean your home from top to bottom. Call us today at 808-235-5015. Mahalo.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Ventilation Cleaning Services in Kailua?

1/25/2022 (Permalink)

Ductwork in a home is shown. We inspect, clean, and maintain HVAC systems in Honolulu county.

Aloha! Have you serviced your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system lately? SERVPRO® of Kailua professionals will inspect your system and recommend the best way to address any indoor air quality concerns. Your HVAC system acts as the “lungs” of your home or commercial business. Many pollutants can live and be spread through your ventilation system. The  Environmental Protection Agency identifies the following contaminants and health concerns:

Typical pollutants of concern include:

  • Combustion byproducts such as carbon monoxide, particulate matter, and environmental tobacco smoke
  • Substances of natural origin such as radon, pet dander, and mold
  • Biological agents such as molds
  • Pesticides, lead, and asbestos
  • Ozone (from some air cleaners)
  • Various volatile organic compounds from a variety of products and materials

Effects on human health associated with indoor air pollutants include:

  • Irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat
  • Headaches, dizziness, and fatigue
  • Respiratory diseases, heart disease, and cancer

The link between some common indoor air pollutants (radon, particle pollution, carbon monoxide, Legionella bacterium) and health effects is very well established.

Call Us Today!

Kailua locals and businesses will benefit from having their HVAC system inspected.  SERVPRO® of Kailua’s technicians have the training, equipment, and experience to clean and maintain your HVAC system so you can breathe easier and save money on your energy bills, too! Call us today at 808-235-5015. Mahalo.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

New Year’s Eve Safety Tips for Kailua?

12/28/2021 (Permalink)

A colorful fireworks display is lighting up the night sky. New Year’s Eve Safety Tips for Kailua?

Aloha and Happy New Year! SERVPRO® of Kailua wants everyone to have a safe New Year’s Eve celebration this year. There are lots of fun events and activities happening in Kailua, and many locals will be hosting parties at their homes. Candles and holiday decorations placed too close to a heat source are leading causes of decoration fires. Here are some tips for having a safe and fire-damage-free party to usher in 2022:

  • Choose decorations that are flame resistant or flame retardant
  • Keep lit candles away from decorations and other things that can burn
  • Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use, but not both
  • Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections
  • Use clips, not nails, to hang lights, so the cords do not get damaged
  • Keep decorations away from windows and doors
  • Stay in the kitchen when cooking on the stovetop
  • Keep children and pets away from lit candles
  • Test your smoke alarms and tell guests about your home fire escape plan
  • Blow out candles when you leave the room or go to bed
  • Turn off all light strings and decorations before leaving home or going to bed

Call Us Today!

When your home or business needs fire damage cleanup and restoration services, SERVPRO® of Kailua has a team of technicians ready to respond to your call day or night. Call us today at 808-235-5015. Mahalo.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

More Happy Customers in Kailua?

11/22/2021 (Permalink)

People are giving the thumbs-up symbol. We are committed to keeping our customers happy in Honolulu county!

Aloha. SERVPRO® of Kailua is dedicated to providing the highest levels of service and support to all of our customers. Here are some recent Google reviews:

“Frank and Allen were a pleasure to work with. They communicated well and got everything done promptly. They also worked with my insurance company, making that part of this experience easy. Would definitely recommend these guys.” Rodd Yano

“The pipes in my tenant’s bathroom burst around 2 am Friday morning, flooding the bathroom, hallway, and two bedrooms. I didn’t know what to do, and my plumber suggested SERVPRO, so I googled them and contacted them the same day at around 8 am. The guys came out within an hour to extract the water from my bathroom and carpeting, left big fans for three days, by Monday everything was dry, and I was told there was not going to be a mold problem. Then I worked with the Recon team led by Frank and Allen. Once I got my insurance squared away, my job was scheduled within two weeks and then completed in 4 days. I got new paint, flooring, vanity, carpet cleaning, and it all came out perfectly! The team was very responsive, friendly, and professional. I would recommend this company to anyone!” Joshua Kitano

Call Us Today!

When your Kailua home or commercial business needs restoration services, SERVPRO® of Kailua is Here to Help. ® We will restore your property damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 808-235-5015. Mahalo.

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Halloween Fire Safety Tips for Laie?

10/25/2021 (Permalink)

A lit pineapple jack-o-lantern is shown. We restore fire damage in Honolulu county.

Aloha. SERVPRO® of Kailua wants everyone in Laie to have a safe and spooky-fun Halloween this year. Here are some Halloween fire safety tips to make sure your little monsters have a fun and safe time:

  • When choosing a costume, stay away from long trailing fabric
  • Dried flowers, cornstalks, and crepe paper catch fire easily
  • Keep all decorations away from open flames and other heat sources like light bulbs and heaters
  • If you use a real candle, use extreme caution
  • Make sure children are watched at all times when candles are lit
  • When lighting candles inside jack-o-lanterns, use long, fireplace-style matches or a utility lighter
  • Be sure to place lit pumpkins well away from anything that can burn and far enough out of the way of trick-or-treaters, doorsteps, walkways, and yards
  • Remember to keep exits clear of decorations, so nothing blocks escape routes
  • Tell children to stay away from open flames, including jack-o-lanterns with candles in them
  • Be sure children know how to stop, drop and roll if their clothing catches fire. (Have them practice, stopping immediately, dropping to the ground, covering their face with hands, and rolling over and over to put the flames out.)

Call Us Today!

When your Laie home or commercial business needs fire damage restoration services, SERVPRO® of Kailua is Here to Help. ® We’ll restore your fire damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 808-235-5015. Mahalo.

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Happy Customers in Kaneohe?

9/28/2021 (Permalink)

Stars as a rating are shown We are committed to providing the highest level of service to our customers in Honolulu county.

Aloha. SERVPRO® of Kailua aims for five-star reviews in all that we do. Here are some recent  reviews from our valued customers: 

“Mahalo to Billy and his crew including Juan and Fai. Treated my mom with respect and kindness. Always showed up on time and explained in detail what they were doing. Moms' condo suffered water damage due to a water heater leak above her unit. Mom felt so comfortable with these guys. It was a pleasure working with all of you and will definitely recommend to others.” Shelli L. 

“Noticed I had a water leak and possible mold situation. A friend had recommended SERVPRO, so I called and was immediately called back. Billy was my first contact and confirmed that I did have a mold problem. David was the next to contact me for testing the material to be removed to start the work. He was awesome. Very informed and a calming demeanor. Jan in the main office was the next and she too was extremely helpful with bill payment and scheduling. I couldn't be happier with a problem like ours to have the support and knowledge of all these people. I can't recommend them any higher. They are the best!” Allen W.  

Call Us Today! 

When you have property damage and need emergency cleanup and restoration services, SERVPRO® of Kailua is Here to Help.® Call us today at 808-235-5015. We’ll restore your property in Kaneohe, “Like it never even happened.” Mahalo. 

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated. 

Mold Infestation in Kaneohe?

8/23/2021 (Permalink)

A closeup of mold spores is shown. We are trusted leaders in mold mitigation and remediation in Honolulu County.

Aloha. Our tropical climate is the perfect breeding ground for mold. Mold has been present in the Earth’s atmosphere since the beginning of time, and once the mold starts to colonize, it can quickly spread to other areas of the home or structure.

SERVPRO® of Kailua’s technicians are trained and certified in applied microbial remediation by the Institute for Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). We have mitigated and remediated mold damage for many Kaneohe homes over the years. Here is some information on mold from our website:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air, and may enter your home through windows, doors, or air conditioning and heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture
  • Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water 
  • Mold colonies may produce health effects
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent

Call Us!

When your home or commercial business has a mold problem, SERVPRO® of Kailua is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 808-235-5015. We’ll mitigate and remediate your mold damage in Kaneohe, “Like it never even happened.” Mahalo.

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Fast Emergency Response Time in Hauula?

7/28/2021 (Permalink)

The word “fast” is seen in capital letters with an exclamation point. We respond to fire and water emergencies 24-hours a day in Honolulu County!

Aloha. SERVPRO® of Kailua has been helping the residents and commercial business owners in Hauula restore fire and water-damaged properties for years. We know that our fast response time is critical, as every minute counts when responding to a property damage emergency. In many instances, we are arriving as the fire department is leaving the scene.

This is when our job starts. We know that in many situations, immediate action is required to minimize the potential for further loss. For instance, water is especially invasive and will spread quickly and absorb into floors, walls, and furniture. Water damage will also be present in the aftermath of a fire emergency and require immediate cleanup to prevent additional damage.

Faster Response Time

Property damage emergencies can happen at any time of the day or night. Our emergency response teams have the advanced training, specialized equipment, and experience to mitigate and restore any property damage emergency you may have. In most cases, we can arrive within four hours of your call. We will also help you with the insurance paperwork and process.

Call Us Today!

When your home or commercial business has a fire or water damage emergency, SERVPRO® of Kailua is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 808-235-5015. We’ll restore your home or business in Hauula, “Like it never even happened.” Mahalo.

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Satisfied SERVPRO Customers in Kailua?

6/21/2021 (Permalink)

Five stars are shown sitting next to a computer keyboard. Our happy customers are the key to our continued success in Honolulu County!

Happy Kailua Customers!

Aloha! Did you know that 99 percent of our Customer Reviews on Google are five-star reviews? SERVPRO® of Kailua is committed to providing the best customer experience possible. Here are some recent customer reviews:

“During the drying process, the crew members came almost daily to check on their equipment and progress. They always called before coming and were very considerate of my time. The demolition team worked quickly, cleaned up, and hauled all the debris away. Jan H. contacted me and explained the next steps. I appreciate her excellent communication and customer service and I look forward to the restoration of our bathroom.” C.T.

“The Team was great, came in quickly and set up to help with water damage due to a water heater leak. They were able to identify the trouble areas and immediately get to work on drying them up to prevent any further damage. Each time a representative came in they were able to explain what was going on and were extremely communicative via the phone to ensure that my schedule was accommodated as well. They made what should have been a stressful situation, much easier to deal with.” Jarrod Linehan

Call Us Today!

When your home or commercial business has a property damage emergency, SERVPRO® of Kailua is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 808-235-5015. We’ll clean and restore your property damage in Kailua, “Like it never even happened.” Mahalo.

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 at 808-235-5015

5/21/2021 (Permalink)

Servpro Central Honolulu responds to water damage After a leaky pipe sent a flood of water into this home, SERVPRO of Central Honolulu quickly responded to minimize damage and mitigate loss.

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of Central Honolulu

SERVPRO of Central Honolulu specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or 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.

Call SERVPRO of Kailua when Disaster Strikes in Kailua

5/15/2021 (Permalink)

When you are in the middle of a crisis, it can be difficult to make the right decision. If your Kailua home is on fire, the first thing you should do is call 911. If a storm has dropped a power line in front of your office, you would call the power company. These choices are rational, normal choices but whom would you call after the fire is out? Who do you call after the storm ends and you notice the damage is worse than you thought?  Maybe you notice the power line actually fell because a tree branch took it down and damaged a part of your home. 

You call SERVPRO of Kailua. We are centrally located in Kailua and are efficient, experienced, and open 24/7. We have a trained team of IICRC certified professionals who can take care of water damage, mold damage, storm damage, fire and smoke damage, and even flood damage. That’s right, SERVPRO of Kailua comes when you call, and we show up ready to work. If you need a restoration company, please consider us because we can make your problem or damaged area look “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Kailua is Independently Owned and Operated.

Preventing Mold Growth in Kailua

5/15/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Kailua is licensed in mold remediation. We hope you never have a mold problem.

Mold starts growing within 24 hours of exposure to moisture.

To prevent mold from getting a start, SERVPRO of Kailua suggests:

  • Repair leaky pipes
  • Remove any damp areas near sinks and tubs
  • Maintain humidity below 40%
  • Use water-resistant materials when you build or rebuild. Materials include:
    • galvanized or stainless-steel hardware
    • waterproof wallboard
    • tile
    • sealed stone
    • sealed concrete
    • water-resistant glues
    • synthetic fibers
  • Use gutters to divert rainwater
  • Landscape, so water moves away from the house
  • Cover dirt in crawl spaces. Moisture can seep up through the dirt
  • Ventilate as much as possible

Important:

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines a “large amount” of mold as 10 square feet or more. The EPA rules that only licensed professionals can remediate large areas.

You cannot prevent storms or floods. However, if a storm or flood affects you, SERVPRO of Kailua can help you clean up the damage.

SERVPRO of Kailua is Independently Owned and Operated.

Recognizing Different Mold Types in Kailua

4/26/2021 (Permalink)

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has guidelines about mold. SERVPRO of Kailua would like to share these guidelines.

Question- What Causes Mold to Grow:

  1. Moisture
  2. Warmth
  3. Protein-Protein is in building materials like drywall
  4. It is also in wood and in many paints
  5. Skin cells (we shed them all the time)
  6. Dog and cat dander

How to identify mold:

  1. Only a licensed professional can identify what kind of mold you have. SERVPRO of Kailua does not identify mold types
  2. You need to know what kind of mold you have

How to eliminate a mold problem AFTER an inspector has identified the type of mold:

  1. Call a licensed professional.SERVPRO of Kailua is licensed in mold remediation. We know how to clean up the different mold types
  2. Be aware, there can be much more mold than you see. Mold spores are tiny
  3. Without proper training, equipment, and safety measures, you should NOT try to resolve the problem yourself

A Quality Team

3/24/2021 (Permalink)

Mathew Faasus, a quality Crew Chief - image of nice note to Matt Our team is hand picked.

When choosing a restoration company you have a lot of choices. Some companies have been around for years and some have been around for a short while. 

When choosing a restoration company, you of course want the best team possible to come into your home or business. But how can you be sure? There are a few things that you can look for. Things such as the company's credentialing and their customer reviews. SERVPPRO of Kailua has you covered. We are IICRC certified. Our team members also carry their own Certifications that require continual education to keep them current. Not only do we keep our team members' skills and certifications as a priority, we also run each of our employees through a thorough background check. 

If you would like hear more about our team, read one of our valued customer's reviews about one of our top rated Crew Chiefs Mathew Faasua. 

New Levels of Cleaning Excellence

6/17/2020 (Permalink)

two little Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned cards SERVPRO supporting a new way of healthier communities through our 3 C's of Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned

Let's Restart Our Community

As our communities re-open on Oahu, we’re all moving toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees have changed. Staying safe, considerate, and healthy is a top priority of many. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the expectation of clean has changed. SERVPRO has developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Visit the link above to see Our 3 C's of Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned. 

If your business is need of any SERVPRO restoration or remediation or cleaning services call (808)-235-5015 today!

SERVPRO of Kailua Provides COVID-19 Cleanings

6/5/2020 (Permalink)

cartoon cleaning spray bottle and sponge Professional COVID-19 Cleanings Upholding the Highest Sanitation Standards.

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 requires deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Kailua 808-235-5015

Why SERVPRO of Kailua is the Best Restoration Company for Your Commercial Business

8/27/2019 (Permalink)

The outside of T-Mobile store Since working with T-Mobile located in Kaneohe, T-Mobile has chosen to use SERVPRO of Kailua as their 1st contact when dealing with restoration.

T-Mobile Chooses SERVPRO of Kailua as Their #1 Contact for Restoration Services

Do not rely on us to tell you who is the best restoration company for your commercial business in Kaneohe, listen to companies who have chosen SERVPRO as their preferred restoration company. Relationships with big-name companies such as T-Mobile are great showcases of why SERVPRO is the best restoration company. 

November 22, 2017, the day before Thanksgiving, SERVPRO received a call. T-Mobile’s location in Kaneohe had been affected by large amounts of microbial growth, or fungi, that put T-Mobile customers at risk. The timing of this microbial growth was uncanny; just before Black Friday, the fungi were found. Losing operation during this holiday could be detrimental for business.T-Mobile called, and relayed all information to SERVPRO of Kailua. Our team reported on sight only a few hours after receiving the call. SERVPRO worked day in and day out, calling in our SERVPRO team members to assess all microbial growth throughout the Thanksgiving Holiday. All the fungi were treated and T-Mobile was back in business for the holiday season. T-Mobile was so pleased with the quality, and timely manner of SERVPRO’s work, T-Mobile decided to choose SERVPRO of Kailua as their #1 contact when dealing with the need for any restoration services. Since choosing SERVPRO of Kailua as their #1 contact, our Kailua team has since worked on 9 T-Mobile stores on Oahu and 2 T-Mobile stores on the island of Maui. 

SERVPRO of Kailua, located on the island of Oahu, has sent our team and equipment to the island of Maui not only twice. We have sent our team by plane to the island of Maui with over 10 trips. In restoration, it is essential that the progress of all work is checked on daily. We are aware of those dealing with any damage, and we, the team of SERVPRO of Kailua, provide the best service to your commercial business.

With immediate action, SERVPRO of Kailua proves time and time again that our team is beyond qualified to help get your team back on schedule in your commercial business. We report and check on the progress of treatment daily despite the day, or time of the year. If you experience damage to your commercial business, call SERVPRO of Kailua to get your business up and running as fast as possible. We are SERVPRO work so that you can enjoy your holiday and take comfort in knowing your business is in the best hands.

If your business has experienced any water, fire, mold, or storm damage call our SERVPRO team (808)-235-5015 today for an inspection.

SERVPRO of Kailua is the Best Restoration Company Because of Our Owners

8/22/2019 (Permalink)

Glenna Maras left - Andy Maras right SERVPRO of Kailua owners: Glenna, and Andy Maras.

What Make SERVPRO of Kailua the best?

SERVPRO has national recognition, we are Faster to Any Size Disaster. However, we are not only successful in satisfying customer expectations because of our national training. SERVPRO of Kailua is particularly efficient due to the high standards our Franchise owners, Andy, and Glenna Maras, hold us to. 

Andy Maras has been in the construction industry for over 20 years.  His knowledge, skill, and training can be attributed to his drive, work ethic, and compassion; all of which he expects his staff to practice. In building the franchise SERVPRO of Kailua and reporting to customers homes alongside his staff Andy has ensured the proper training, and greatest customer service and satisfaction. 

Glenna Maras, a mother of 5 and cleaning expert is family-oriented and diligent in paying attention to client homes in detail. Ask any crew member who has been out to a job with Glenna, she will check, double, and triple check all work done to the cleaning of each paper clip to make certain your home is restored with the uttermost care and expertise. 

SERVPRO of Kailua is and has been built, and supported by our owners Andy and Glenna Maras who consistently look for improvement and aim for nothing less than the best. Do not rely on sub-par restoration companies to restore your home. SERVPRO of Kailua will restore your home in case of water, fire, mold, storm or commercial damage with nothing but the greatest care.

If your business has experienced any water, fire, mold, or storm damage call our SERVPRO team (808)-235-5015 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.

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!

Top 5 places mold thrives in the kitchen

5/4/2019 (Permalink)

Keep your kitchen clear from mold.

Mold grows mostly in warm, damp places making the kitchen one of its main victims. If mold is growing in your kitchen it can cause health effects. If you are worried about mold in your kitchen, you might need a mold remediation service to eliminate it from your home and keep it away. Below are five places to check, and tips to take into consideration so you can determine if it is time to get a professional mold remediation service.

Top Locations for Mold Growth in the Kitchen and How to Fix Them

1. Beneath the Sink

It is important to check this spot regularly since it is often the home of leaky pipes, damp sponges and washcloths, as well as other moisture issues. The secret is to wipe down all surfaces with a clean cloth and a ½ vinegar ½ water solution.

2. Cutting Boards

Cutting boards are the place where food residue is found, making it the ideal candidate for mold. At least once a week, soak both sides of the cutting board in white vinegar for 10 minutes then rinse and let it air dry.

3. Microwave and Stove

Nothing makes mold thrive like the grease and food spatter that are commonly found in those places. The best way is to keep the appliances clean by wiping them down with hot water and soap and drying thoroughly.

4. Garbage Disposal

Moisture and bacteria from decaying food make this a prime spot for mold growth. One of the secrets to keeping mold from spreading is simply using it regularly: at least once a day. Another option is to pour ice down the sink and let the disposal grind it, following the ice, pour a cup of white vinegar to kill remaining bacteria.

5. Refrigerator Drip Tray

Since the drip tray is usually not seen every day, a lot of people become unaware of the possible mold growth that is happening there. To avoid mold remove it every 3-4 months and scrub it with dish soap and bleach.

In your time of need call your local restoration company on (808) 235-5015. We will make it "Like it never even happened."

Mold Growth in your Home

8/2/2018 (Permalink)

Moldy wall in Kitchen Pantry

Indoor mold is a common concern in Hawaii as Hawaii's climate is a perfect environment for mold.  Over growth of indoor mold can occur for many reasons, the most typical setting we find an over growth of mold is in homes that have been unoccupied for a length of time.  The main reason for this is because of the lack of air movement in the home. When a home or business owner’s leave their property it is usually left lock up, window closed tight, and AC turned off. With our humid and moderate temperatures here in Hawaii a home without air movement can be a mold haven, a perfect place for it to grow undisturbed.

 Mold is present in almost every environment, indoor and outdoor. It isn't of much concern until the spore count ie, how much mold is present, reaches an unhealthy level. This is when health issues can arise. Mold is not only a health concern but it can also cause rot to occur on the surface it is growing on. This can weaken framing or cabinetry and decay sheet rock and flooring.

 If you find your home is in need of help due to an over growth of mold don't hesitate to call on SERVPRO of Kailua North/ Laie we are always here to help.

Mold Damage in Local Business

7/10/2018 (Permalink)

Do not lose Business caused by something Preventable.

Do not lose business, money, or your time due to letting water damage go untreated and turn into mold damage.  Mold damage more often than not can be prevented! Get any suspicious moisture or wetness checked out right away.  Often times the area or material may seem dry to the naked eye.  But according to our high tech non invasive infra red moisture meters it may say otherwise. Remember to get it treated right away.  The longer something is wet or goes untreated leaves a greater risk for mold growth causing damage.

 If you find your home is in need of help due to an over growth of mold don't hesitate to call on SERVPRO of Kailua North/Laie we are always here to help (808)235-5015.

Places For And Causes Of Mold Damage In Kaneohe

3/5/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Tip--Reduce Moisture and the Relative Humidity RH in Your Kaneohe Home to Help Prevent Mold Damage

SERVPRO Advises on Mold Prevention Tips and General Information

It is relatively common knowledge that mold and mildew growth are constant challenges to residents of the Islands. Our state enjoys almost daily rain and average humidity percentages ranging from the mid to high 60's to over 80. Consistently reported precipitation and tropical temperatures and humidity provide microbes plenty of moisture needed to flourish in Kaneohe. Our mold remediation teams share strategies to control these frequent fungal growth problems.

Plumbing and roof leaks also contribute to mold damage in Kaneohe. Regular and expert repair and maintenance improve your odds when taking proactive steps to limit mold spores’ access to moisture. Some homeowners feel discouraged when their vigilance in home maintenance and humidity control still does not rid their homes of mold issues. We encourage frustrated residents living in this sheltered cove of Kaneohe Bay to discuss other possibilities underlying a persistent mold problem with our experts.

Some of the places molds can hide and grow are not where a homeowner might think to look. Because most Hawaiian homes rest on a slab foundation or post and pier construction, any water that overflows from appliances or mechanical systems located on the lowest level of a dwelling can pool if not drained properly. A washing machine or water heater might have a drain pan collecting excess moisture, providing an excellent environment for mold growth. Furthermore, SERVPRO sees circumstances where appliances sit on wooden platforms, exposing those organic materials to saturation and then mold risks.

Installing hoses or piping that drains the water to the exterior from the pan is a reliable solution to these mold hazards. SERVPRO mold remediators then can contain and remove the colonies, finishing by applying topical antimicrobials. Without the standing water, recurrence is far less likely.

Similarly, areas where water is expected, need not be continual mold incubators if experienced technicians evaluate the need for additional safeguards. A bathtub or shower in a Hawaiian home can handle anticipated water from the faucet as well as unanticipated moisture from the slab foundation or crawl space below. Shower pans and moisture impervious cement backer board installations help contain shower and tub water inside suitably installed and caulked fixtures. They then drain appropriately into the waste system and out of a home. Where subflooring is subjected to rain runoff and groundwater moisture, an upgrade to the appropriately rated vapor barriers is critical. Although SERVPRO can remediate bathroom mold outbreaks time after time, a more in-depth search for the cause minimizes or eliminates the need.

Rely on SERVPRO of Kailua North / Laie for your mold damage remediation and prevention needs. One call to (808) 235-5015 gives you access to the knowledge and solutions our team offers for the unique mold damage issues faced by residents of Hawaii.

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Mold Damage Minimization In Kaneohe

1/22/2018 (Permalink)

Humidity in Kaneohe Can Cause Mold Development -- Call SERVPRO for Remediation

SERVPRO Provides Tips and Remediation for Mold Infestations

The warm and humid climate in Kaneohe is very conducive to mold and mildew issues. Homeowners are likely to see or smell moldy areas frequently if they take a casual attitude toward the conditions prevalent in Hawaii that support the fungal growth. Mold remediation services are available from our trained technicians, but we also want to help our customers with some tips that are effective in preventing mold issues in your home.
 
Kaneohe enjoys a tropical climate, with near perfect conditions for mold damage. This tradeoff can feel inevitable, but there are some things an educated homeowner can do to limit mold growth and the damage that follows. Although our technicians hold certifications as Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT), our ultimate focus is on working with you to devise strategies that significantly reduce the risk of active mold colonization in your home.
 
A review of your HVAC system is a good place to start. Be sure that you change the air filters regularly, replacing them with high-quality options with the proper MERV ratings for your system and conditions. SERVPRO can have your ductwork inspected and cleaned when necessary. Check to make sure that vents covers are cleaned of dust often and not blocked or covered.
 
One thing you may miss is to limit the items stored near or in the closet or room where your AC is located. Too many items in the area increase the incidence of dust, moisture, and other debris or substances that may be pulled into the system. Clean and vacuum all areas regularly, using a HEPA filter to reduce mold spores.
 
Maintain an interior temperature of 72 to 80 degrees, using the AC if necessary on a regular basis. For air conditioners to reduce humidity, they must run long enough to condense the excess moisture in the air, so you may want to cool the temperature down further on a consistent basis. Exhaust fans in the kitchen and bathroom must be used every time a pot boils, or a shower is taken. Clothes dryers must vent to the outside, and lint filters and the ductwork should often be cleaned. Functioning mechanical fixtures helps to guard against excess moisture, keep the relative humidity RH level consistent.
 
Be vigilant about keeping floors, sinks, tubs, and counters dry between uses. Spills cleaned up immediately pose little risk of feeding mold. Small leaks in plumbing or caulking need immediate attention and repair as their adverse effects accumulate over time. A rain that blows in must be mopped up fast. On pleasant days open doors and windows to encourage air flow.
 
Partner with SERVPRO of Kailua North / Laie to find ways to reduce your risk of mold and mildew development. Call us at (808) 235-5015 to remediate current mold damage and then access our knowledge to make decisions about home maintenance that avoid mold growth going forward.

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Restoring and Protecting Your Home Through Remediation of Mold Damage in Kaneohe

12/24/2017 (Permalink)

Homeowners are often devastated and overwhelmed when they find mold in their home. Contacting SERVPRO gets you a trained technician ready to help.

Certified SERVPRO Technicians Remediate a Current Mold Infestation While Offering Tips to Prevent a Recurrence

It is never pleasant to find microbial growth taking place in your Kaneohe residence. Mold and mildew should warn you of the presence of unwanted moisture in your home. This moisture permits ever-present microbes to proliferate rapidly.

It is possible for houses in Kaneohe with mold damage to suffer in other ways. Water damage to both materials and personal belongings and an uncomfortable indoor environment can both happen when moisture rises too high. SERVPRO can help restore the areas damaged by mold, prevent other damage from happening, and restore humidity to more comfortable levels in your home.  

Our technicians, certified in Applied Microbial Remediation (AMRT) by the IICRC, are ready to perform the work required to make your home “Like it never even happened.” Mold can appear anywhere in your home that contains too much moisture. We ensure that we remedy this problem first so that mold cannot grow in the future. Using 0.6 mil thick plastic, we completely enclose the area in question.  

We want to ensure that microbes cannot migrate within your home, so we install at least one air scrubber. Forcing the air out through the plastic tubing faster than it can seep in through any minuscule cracks produces negative air pressure in the room. Negative pressure prevents any dust, spores, or other microscopic particles from entering other parts of your home. Hospitals use this technique because it effectively contains highly contagious diseases and prevents their spread.  

As we remove all of the mold-affected materials from your home, we double bag these inside plastic bags. Bagging the materials in this manner makes it safe for us to dispose these items at the curb. Vacuums with HEPA filters efficiently remove fragments and dust from the area. Elimination of damaged materials like drywall, fiberboard, and paneling and dust leaves the area ready for a wipe down with a liquid biocide.  

SERVPRO of Kailua North / Laie assists local homeowners to efficiently combat mold damage in their properties, no matter the size. We want your family to live in a safe and healthy environment, so our services and phone are always available, every day of the year. Contact us at (808) 235-5015 so we can help protect your home from microbial growth and the harm it can cause.  

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Why You Need Mold Damage Remediation Before Selling Your Hauula Home

10/13/2017 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO, we say no to mold infestations and say yes to mold remediation.

Learn Why Professional Mold Remediation is Key in Hauula Homes


Are you thinking of selling your home in Hauula? If you are ready to sell up, you probably have a very long list of things you need to do. Before a house sale, there is so much to do, including finding an estate agent, getting your home neat and tidy for potential buyers, putting it on the market, showing interested parties around and, of course, finding your new dream home. Hauula mold damage is probably the last thing on your mind.

However, SERVPRO recommends checking for signs of mold damage and getting fungal remediation before you try and sell your home in Hauula. Interested buyers will order a home inspection before negotiating a deal with you, and some savvy buyers these days even order a specific mold inspection.

Finding fungus in a possible new home is a quick way to turn buyers off. Mold devalues your home and makes it look unkempt and uncared-for. Visible mold is also a clear tell-tale sign of damp, and nobody wants to move into a home that has obvious damp and mold problems.

Before you sell your house, carry out a thorough examination for mold. Look in all the hidden, damp corners where the fungus loves to grow, and look for signs of colonies such as black, green or brown patches.

SERVPRO’s mold remediation experts are on hand to help you deal with any issues you discover. We start by establishing containment so spores cannot travel to other areas of your home, and we use negative air machines to vent contaminated air to the outside.

Next, we clean all signs of the visible mold, so your home looks fresh and bright. Finally, we use dehumidifiers to lower the humidity and discourage fungal regrowth.

Because damp is vital for mold proliferation, we recommend you deal with any damp areas before putting your home on the market. If you discover leaks, broken roof tiles, or damage pipes or appliances, get them fixed as soon as possible. Consider buying dehumidifiers to keep humidity down and hold mold at bay.

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For help with fungus in Kailua, Laie, Kokokahi, Kaneohe and surrounding areas, call SERVPRO of Kailua North / Laie at (808) 235-5015 today.

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