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Bad Skunk Odor in Miami Beach Business?

5/17/2022 (Permalink)

A Florida striped skunk forages in the early hours of the morning. We identify and neutralize bad odors in Miami.

It’s springtime, and that means that Florida’s two species of native skunks are having families and teaching their young how to forage. Local businesses may find these cute little critters combing through garbage and feeding behind buildings. If you surprise them, they may surprise you with a pungent, malodorous spray of skunk. Yuk!

Our local team in Miami Beach is trained to clean and restore businesses compromised by skunk spray. Here is some information about Florida skunks from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission:

  • Two species of skunk are native to Florida: the striped skunk and the spotted skunk
  • Skunks make their dens in a wide variety of locations, and in urban areas they will make dens under man-made structures like sheds
  • Young skunks will leave their dens between six and eight weeks of age to learn how to forage with their mothers
  • Skunks will try to run away from predators but will try to make themselves appear larger. Striped skunks may arch their backs and stomp their feet, and spotted skunks will do a handstand and stand on their two front feet.
  • Skunks will only spray as a last resort. They can hit targets up to fifteen feet away, allowing them to get away from a predator.

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When your business gets sprayed by a skunk, or you have another bad odor in your Miami Beach business or home, our local team in Miami Beach is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 305-532-5411.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Storm Surge Planning Zones in Miami Beach?

5/9/2022 (Permalink)

Large waves are breaking during a storm surge. We respond to storm damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Miami.

When your home or business floods due to a storm surge, our local team in Miami Beach is Here to Help. ® The Miami-Dade County website describes storm surges as the greatest threat to life and property from a hurricane. Storm surges occur when water from the ocean is pushed on shore by the force of tropical storms or hurricanes. This is the primary reason Miami-Dade County residents are asked to evacuate prior to a hurricane. Here is some information about evacuation zones and storm surge planning zones:

Storm Surge Zone

  • A Storm Surge Zone is an area in Miami-Dade County that could potentially be impacted by a storm surge of 1.5 feet or higher for a hurricane.
  • Each Storm Surge Planning Zone identifies residents who may have to evacuate or shelter-in-pace
    • These residents are encouraged to develop contingency plans for either scenario

Evacuation Zone

  • An Evacuation Zone is an area that will be required to move under an evacuation order for an impending storm and will be a portion, if not all of, the defined Storm Surge Planning Zones
  • Always follow the County’s evacuation order

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When you need help with storm damage in your Miami Beach home or business, our local team in Miami Beach can help. Call us today at 305-532-5411.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

High Rise Building Fire in Miami Beach?

5/4/2022 (Permalink)

High-rise condominium buildings in North Miami are shown. We respond to fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Miami.

If you live in a high-rise building, you are less susceptible to fire damage. According to National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the risks are lower due to a greater use of fire protection systems and features in high-rise buildings compared to shorter buildings. Our local team in Miami Beach restores fire damage throughout the year. Here are some more high-rise building fires facts from the NFPA:

  • The fire death rate per 1,000 fires and the average loss per fire and associated losses are generally lower in high-rise buildings than in other buildings of the same property use
    • A major reason why risks are lower is probably the much greater use of fire protection systems and features in high-rise buildings as compared to shorter buildings.
  • High-rise buildings have lower percentages of fires with flame damage beyond the room of origin, providing further evidence of impact from fire protection systems and features:
    • Apartments (4 percent of high-rise fires vs. 10 percent in shorter buildings)
    • Hotels (4 percent of high-rise fires vs. 11 percent in shorter buildings)
    • Dormitories (2 percent of high-rise vs. 1 percent in shorter buildings)
    • Offices (10 percent of high-rise fires vs. 21 percent in shorter buildings)
    • Facilities that care for the sick (4 percent of high-rise fires vs. 9 percent in shorter buildings)

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When you have fire damage in your Miami Beach home or business, our local team in Miami Beach is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 305-532-5411.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Fire Extinguisher Safety Tips for South Beach Employees?

4/25/2022 (Permalink)

A fire extinguisher is installed in an office hallway. We restore commercial fire damage 24-hours a day in Miami Beach.

Our local team in Miami Beach restores fire damage for local businesses throughout the year in the South Beach area. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), one out of every four office fires were caused by cooking. Here are some fire extinguisher safety tips from the NFPA:

  • Use a portable fire extinguisher when the fire is confined to a small area, such as a wastebasket, and is not growing; everyone has exited the building; the fire department has been called or is being called, and the room is not filled with smoke.
  • To operate a fire extinguisher, remember the word PASS:
    • Pull the pin. Hold the extinguisher with the nozzle pointing away from you, and release the locking mechanism.
    • Aim low. Point the extinguisher at the base of the fire.
    • Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly.
    • Sweep the nozzle from side to side.
  • Read the instructions that come with the fire extinguisher and become familiar with its parts and operation before a fire breaks out. Local fire departments or fire equipment distributors often offer hands-on fire extinguisher trainings.

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When your South Beach commercial business or home has fire damage, you can trust our local team in Miami Beach to clean and restore the damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 305-532-5411.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Spring Tornado in Miami Beach?

4/19/2022 (Permalink)

A big storm is offshore in Miami Beach. We restore storm damage 24-hours a day in Miami.

Our local team in Miami Beach restores storm damage throughout the year in Miami Beach. In January, a massive tornado warning was issued in Miami-Dade county. Here are the National Weather Service alert definitions for tornadoes and high winds:

Tornado Watch: this means a tornado is possible.

Tornado Warning: this means a tornado is already occurring or will occur soon. Go to your safe place immediately.

High Wind Watch: Be Prepared! Sustained, strong winds are possible. Secure loose items and adjust plans as necessary so you’re not caught outside.

Wind Advisory: Take Action: Strong winds are occurring but are not so strong as to warrant a High Wind Warning. Objects that are outdoors should be secured, and caution should be taken if driving.  

Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Take Action! A thunderstorm is happening or is imminent in the warning area. Severe thunderstorms have wind gusts of 58 miles per hour and or hail one inch or larger. Seek shelter inside a sturdy building.

Preparing for High Winds

  • Remove any dead trees or overhanging branches near structures
  • Remove loose objects outdoors, on patios, roofs, or balconies that could blow away.
  • Shutter windows securely and brace outside doors
  • Bring in unsecured objects from outside and secure things that could blow away and cause damage or injury

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When your Miami Beach home or commercial business has storm damage, you can trust our local team in Miami Beach to clean and restore the damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 305-532-5411.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

E-Cigarette Battery Explosion Causes Fire in Miami Shores Residence?

4/13/2022 (Permalink)

Apartment building on fire. We are fire damage restoration specialists in Miami.

Our local team in Miami Beach has been restoring fire damage in the Miami Shores area for years. Smoking and smoking materials are a leading cause of home fire deaths in the United States. Here are some smoking safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association:

Smoking Safety

  • If you smoke, use only fire-safe cigarettes
  • If you smoke, smoke outside. Most deaths result from fires that started in living rooms, family rooms, and dens or bedrooms.
  • Keep cigarettes, lighters, matches, and other smoking materials up high out of the reach of children, in a locked cabinet

Put It Out

  • Use a deep, sturdy ashtray. Place it away from anything that can burn.
  • Do not discard cigarettes in vegetation such as mulch, potted plants or landscaping, peat moss, dried grasses, leaves, or other things that could ignite easily
  • Before you throw away butts and ashes, make sure they are out, and dousing in water or sand is the best way to do that

Electronic Cigarettes

Never leave charging e-cigarettes unattended. E-cigarettes should be used with caution.

  • Fires have occurred while e-cigarettes were being used
  • While the battery was being charged
  • While the device was being transported
  • Battery failures have led to small explosions

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When your Miami Shores home or commercial business has fire damage, you can rely on our local team in Miami Beach to clean and restore the damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 305-532-5411.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Water Damage from Leaking Swimming Pool in Miami Beach?

4/5/2022 (Permalink)

A child is swimming in a swimming pool on a sunny day. We restore water damage 24-hours a day in Miami.

Our local team in Miami Beach sees all kinds of water damage inside and outside of structures. A leaking swimming pool can weaken your pool and home’s foundation and waste thousands of gallons of water each month. The Environmental Protection Agency recommends following these steps to determine if your pool is leaking:

  • Grab a clear container and a marker
  • During the test period, turn off the pool auto-fill, do not manually add water to the pool, and avoid splashing water out of the pool
  • Put the container on the pool steps and mark the water level on the outside of the container
  • Now, fill the container with pool water up to the mark you just made, so the levels match
  • Mark the water level inside the container
  • Now, wait and give evaporation time to work, usually two to three days. If it rains or is windy, you’ll have to perform the test again.
  • Place the container on the pool steps. If the water in the pool is lower than the water in the container, you have a leak
  • If both the pool level and the container water levels are the same, you do not have a leak

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When your Miami Beach home or commercial business has a water damage problem, you can rely on our local team in Miami to clean and restore the damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 305-532-5411.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Portable Fire Extinguisher Safety Tips for Morningside?

3/29/2022 (Permalink)

A fire extinguisher is mounted on a wall. We are leaders in fire damage restoration services in Miami Beach.

Our local team in Miami Beach knows that using a fire extinguisher can save lives and minimize the damage in many cases. Here are some fire extinguisher safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association:

Use a portable fire extinguisher when the fire is confined to a small area, such as a wastebasket, and is not growing; everyone has exited the building; the fire department has been called or is being called, and the room is not filled with smoke.

  • To operate a fire extinguisher, remember the word PASS:
  • Pull the pin. Hold the extinguisher with the nozzle pointing away from you, and release the locking mechanism
  • Aim low. Point the extinguisher at the base of the fire
  • Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly
  • Sweep the nozzle from side-to-side
  • For the home, select a multi-purpose extinguisher (can be used on all types of home fires) that is large enough to put out a small fire, but not so heavy as to be difficult to handle
  • Choose a fire extinguisher that carries the label of an independent testing laboratory
  • Read the instructions that come with the fire extinguisher and become familiar with its parts and operation before a fire breaks out

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When you need fire damage restoration services in your Morningside home or commercial business, you can trust our local team in Miami Beach to clean and restore the damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 305-532-5411.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning in South Beach?

3/21/2022 (Permalink)

A cat walks on a Persian rug. We clean delicate upholstery fabrics, rugs, and carpeting materials in Miami.

Our local team in Miami Beach provides a full range of specialty deep cleaning services in South Beach to keep your home or business looking its best. We pretest everything before cleaning to ensure we use the most effective method in every situation.

  • 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

Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning

Our 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 our residential cleaning services to remove unwanted odors.

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When you need carpet and upholstery cleaning services in your South Beach home or commercial business, you can trust our local team in Miami Beach to clean and deodorize your carpets and upholstered furniture, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 305-532-5411.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Mold Problem in Miami Shores?

3/16/2022 (Permalink)

Mold covers a wall in a building. We mitigate and restore mold damage for businesses in Miami.

SERVPRO® of Miami Beach has been mitigating and remediating mold damage for years in Miami Shores. Mold outbreaks will continue to be a challenge due to Florida’s humid climate, and mold damage is sometimes a symptom of water damage. When we inspect for mold, we will also identify the source and make repairs as needed to discourage the mold from returning once the remediation process is complete.

Highly Trained Team

Our technicians are highly trained and certified in applied microbial remediation by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), the nonprofit certifying body for the cleaning and restoration industry. We will walk you through the process and advise you of any local and state laws or protocols related to your unique situation.

Mold Facts

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air, and may enter your business through windows, doors, or air conditioning and heating systems
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture, and mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

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When you have a mold problem in your Miami Shores commercial business or home, you can trust SERVPRO® of Miami Beach to restore the damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 305-532-5411.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.