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Power Failure in Miami Beach?

1/25/2021 (Permalink)

A dark kitchen is shown with a candle and electric lantern dimly lighting the room during a power outage. We are on call 24 hours a day to assist Miami residents with storm damage emergencies.

Power Outages Happen

Did you know that 97 percent of the problems reported to the Florida Power and Light Company were attributed to power outages? Storms and downed power lines are some of the causes. SERVPRO® of Miami Beach has been mitigating storm damage in the Miami Beach area for years, and we offer these tips from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for surviving during a power outage:

  • Keep freezers and refrigerators closed. The refrigerator will keep food cold for about four hours. A full freezer will keep the temperature for about 48 hours. Use coolers with ice if necessary. Monitor temperatures with a thermometer.
  • Maintain food supplies that do not require refrigeration.
  • Avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. Generators, camp stoves or charcoal grills should always be used outdoors and at least 20 feet away from windows. Never use a gas stovetop or oven to heat your home.
  • Check on your neighbors. Older adults and young children are especially vulnerable to extreme temperatures.
  • Go to a community location with power if heat or cold is extreme.
  • Turn off or disconnect appliances, equipment or electronics. Power may return with momentary surges or spikes that can cause damage.

Call Us Today!

When your home or commercial business has a storm damage emergency, SERVPRO® of Miami Beach is ready to respond 24-hours a day. Call us today at 305-532-5411. We’ll restore your storm damage in Miami Beach, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Miami Beach is Independently Owned and Operated.

Bathroom Emergency in North Bay Village?

1/17/2021 (Permalink)

A modern, white bathroom and bathtub is shown. Miami Beach residents trust us with water damage restorations!

Bad bathtub drain?

The bathroom in this picture looks great now because it was recently remodeled due to a drainage problem at the base of the bathtub. According to a study published by the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS), homes that were thirty years old were three times more likely to have a plumbing supply or drainage problem. SERVPRO® of Miami Beach responds to water damage emergencies seven days a week in the North Bay Village and Miami Beach areas and knows that even a small water leak can cause a lot of damage if the water leak is not discovered and mitigated quickly.

Here are some loss prevention and maintenance tips from the IBHS:

  • Visually inspect plumbing pipes annually and look for condensation around the pipes for an obvious leak and corrosion.
  • Pay attention to your water bill as a significant increase could indicate a leak.
  • Call a plumber at the first signs of rust-colored water, backed-up toilets or sinks, and cracked or warped flooring.

Call Us Today!

When your home or commercial business has a water damage emergency, SERVPRO® of Miami Beach is on-call and ready to respond 24-hours a day. Call us today at 305-532-5411. We’ll restore your water damage in North Bay Village, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Miami Beach is Independently Owned and Operated.

Electrical Fire in Miami Beach?

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

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Electrical fires happen

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) website offers great resources to educate the public about fire safety and fire prevention. SERVPRO® of Miami Beach responds to many fire damage emergencies during the winter months in Miami Beach and sees firsthand the damage even a small electrical fire can do to a home or business. Even when the fire is contained to a small area, the soot and smoke from the fire will permeate the entire structure, leaving oily residue and bad odors to contend with.

Our fire restoration technicians are highly trained and understand the science behind odor removal and specialized cleaning. We pre-test all items before we clean them to make sure they can be salvaged, and in many cases, we can prevent further damage to important documents, keepsakes, and electrical components.

Here are some of the electrical safety tips the NFPA offers on their website:

  • Call a qualified electrician or your landlord if you have:
    • Frequent problems with blowing fuses or tripping circuit breakers
    • A tingling feeling when you touch an electrical appliance
    • Discolored or warm wall outlets
    • A burning or rubbery smell coming out from an appliance
    • Flickering or dimming lights
    • Sparks from an outlet

Call Us Today!

Miami Beach residents know they can count on  SERVPRO® of Miami Beach to mitigate their fire-damaged property. Call us today at 305-532-5411. We’ll restore your fire damage, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Miami Beach is Independently Owned and Operated.

Water Damage Prevention for La Gorce Island?

1/5/2021 (Permalink)

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Rain garden on La Gorce Island?

Water damage is one of the most invasive types of property damage. Tropical storms bring heavy rain to Florida and the Miami Beach area each year, but there are lots of ways the residents of La Gorce Island can prepare now for next year’s hurricane season. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offers many tips to homeowners for water damage and flood prevention. SERVPRO® of Miami Beach has a team of water restoration technicians on call 24 hours a day to respond to water damage emergencies of all kinds, and no job is too big! We have the equipment, advanced training, and experience to mitigate any water damage emergency you have.

One tip from FEMA to reduce runoff from impervious surfaces around your home is to create a natural green space around your home to soak up the water run-off and slow the water flow to storm sewers during heavy rains. These gardens will allow more water the be absorbed into the ground, causing less stress on storm drains, reducing sewer overflows. 

Call Us!

La Gorce Island residents know they can count on SERVPRO® of Miami Beach to clean and restore their water-damaged property. Call us today at 305-532-5411. We’ll restore your water damage, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Miami Beach is Independently Owned and Operated.

Fire-Damaged Property in Miami Beach?

12/28/2020 (Permalink)

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Shocking situation

I remember when my parents’ Miami Beach house caught on fire. When I arrived, they were sitting on the front lawn with clothing and furniture strewn all over. The firefighters had already extinguished the blaze, and thankfully only part of the house was damaged, but everything smelled like smoke, and the carpeting was soaking wet. The upholstered furniture had to be sent out for cleaning as it was covered with soot. My parents were in shock, and I think I was, too, looking at all the damage the fire caused.

It’s good to know that SERVPRO® of Miami Beach knows how to care for family keepsakes, furniture, and clothing. Here are some of the specialty cleaning services they offer:

Contents restoration

  • Dry Cleaning - Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to wet cleaning.
  • Wet Cleaning - An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues.
  • Spray and Wipe -Effective for items that can’t withstand wet cleaning.
  • Foam Cleaning - Used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned.
  • Abrasive Cleaning - Involves agitation of the surface being cleaned.
  • Immersion Cleaning - Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product.

Call Us!

Miami Beach residents know they can count on SERVPRO® of Miami Beach to clean and restore  fire-damaged property. Call us today at 305-532-5411. We’ll restore your fire damage, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Miami Beach is Independently Owned and Operated.

Squirrel Infestation in Edgewater?

12/20/2020 (Permalink)

Two squirrels are shown on the rooftop, entering the attic of a home through a small hole. We are cleanup and restoration specialists in Miami Beach!

Someone’s in the attic?

My uncle saved a baby squirrel and bottle-fed it until it grew up and was able to be released back into the wild. The first time I came to visit, the squirrel weaned from bottle feeding and was given his own bedroom. A few months later, I came back to visit, and the squirrel had destroyed the room! The window moldings were all chewed up, a large oak desk was in splinters, and the curtains were hanging by a thread from the curtain rod.

Squirrels are known to set up house in attics, too. They make huge messes and can even chew through wires creating a fire hazard. They leave droppings and urine that can create an unhealthy environment for you and your family.

Fortunately, SERVPRO® of Miami Beach offers specialty cleaning services, including the biohazardous removal of animal waste and remains. After the squirrels are removed and relocated by a qualified wildlife rescue service, we will come in and clean, sanitize, and deodorize the area and make any repairs to the outside facia of the roof to discourage new animal intrusion. 

Call Us Today!

Edgewater residents know they can count on SERVPRO® of Miami Beach to clean and restore property damage caused by wild and domesticated animals. Call us today at 305-532-5411. We’ll restore your squirrel damage, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Miami Beach is Independently Owned and Operated.

Holiday Decoration Fire in South Beach?

12/14/2020 (Permalink)

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Holiday Safety

The holidays are here, and everyone is looking forward to fun-filled times spent with family and loved ones. SERVPRO® of Miami Beach wants everyone in South Beach to have a safe and fun holiday season this year. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), electrical distribution of lighting equipment was involved in 44 percent of home Christmas tree fires, and holiday decorations started 780 home structure fires each year between 2013 and 2017 - not including Christmas trees!

Here are some holiday decorating safety tips from the NFPA website on how to prevent decoration fires during the holiday season:

  • Choose decorations that are flame resistant and 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 strings of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections.
  • Read the manufacturer’s instructions for the number of light strands to connect.
  • Always turn off the tree before going to bed.
  • Use clips, not nails, to hang lights to prevent cord damage.

Call Us Today!

South Beach residents know they can count on SERVPRO® of Miami Beach to mitigate fire damage. Call us today at 305-532-5411. We’ll restore your fire damage “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Miami Beach is Independently Owned and Operated.

Water intrusion in Surfside?

12/7/2020 (Permalink)

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December storms happen

The Hurricane Season is officially over for 2020, and December marks the beginning of a mild and relatively dry season that lasts until May. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), although December storms are infrequent, storms occur on average about four days in the month and bring about 1.7 inches of rain each year. SERVPRO® of Miami Beach understands how important it is to mitigate storm damage quickly and efficiently. We use advanced equipment and techniques to locate water damage and dry the area rapidly. Here are some tips from our website on what to do until help arrives:

Safety First

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be very heavy. Be careful!

Do NOT do this after a flooding:

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

Call Us Today

Surfside residents and commercial business owners know they can count on SERVPRO® of Miami Beach to mitigate storm damage. Call us today at 305-532-5411. We’ll restore your storm damage “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Miami Beach is Independently Owned and Operated.

Contents Restoration in South Beach?

11/23/2020 (Permalink)

A child’s room is in the process of being packed into boxes. We’ll care for your belongings as if they were our own in Miami Beach.

Restoration Process

When my South Beach home was damaged by Hurricane Irma, we had to relocate for a couple of weeks until the structural and water damage could be repaired. Fortunately, SERVPRO® of Miami Beach has been restoring damage in the South Beach community for years and they helped us inventory all of our belongings through their Contents Claim Inventory Service. They went room to room and created a detailed and accurate list of our belongings. They even took digital photos!

The items that could be restored were set aside for cleaning, and the other items that needed to be relocated while the structural repairs were done were packed-out and stored offsite. Fortunately, all of our belongings were salvageable and were cleaned, restored, sanitized, and deodorized. By the time the repairs were completed on the house, all of our belongings were returned. When everything was completed you couldn’t tell there had ever been hurricane damage to begin with!

Contents Restoration Methods

  • Dry Cleaning 
  • Wet Cleaning 
  • Spray and Wipe 
  • Foam Cleaning 
  • Abrasive Cleaning 
  • Immersion Cleaning

Call Us Today!

When South Beach residents experience property damage they rely on our team of highly trained technicians to restore and care for their belongings. Call SERVPRO® of Miami Beach today at 305-532-5411.

SERVPRO® of Miami Beach is Independently Owned and Operated.

Candle Fire in Surfside?

11/16/2020 (Permalink)

A large white candle is shown burning with many other candles burning in the background. Every second counts when dealing with the aftermath of a fire emergency in Miami Beach!

Candle Safety Tips

We use candles in many ways. Often, they are used to enhance the ambiance of a special celebration or some other special event. These beautiful tiny lights can become a dangerous fire hazard if not handled properly.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), candle fires caused $278 million in property damage between 2014 and 2018. Surfside residents know to call SERVPRO® of Miami Beach when they have a fire damage emergency as we have been restoring fire damage in the Miami area for years and have the experience and training to safely return your property to preloss condition. Here are some candle safety tips from the NFPA to keep you and your loved ones safe around candles: 

  • Never leave a child alone in a room with a burning candle.
  • Keep matches and lighters up high and out of reach, in a locked cabinet.
  • Blow out candles when you leave the room or go to bed.
  • Avoid the use of candles in the bedroom and other areas where people may fall asleep.
  • Keep candles at least one foot away from anything that can burn.

Call Us Today

Surfside residents call SERVPRO® of Miami Beach when they need help restoring fire damage. Call us today at 305-532-5411. We’ll restore your home or commercial business, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Miami Beach is Independently Owned and Operated.