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Fireworks Safety Tips for Miami-Dade County Residents?

6/27/2022 (Permalink)

Fireworks light up the evening sky over Miami, Florida. We respond to fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Miami.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), more than 10,000 fireworks-related injuries are treated in emergency rooms across the United States each year. Children under the age of 15 account for nearly 42 percent of those injured. Our team in Miami Beach wants everyone to enjoy fireworks safely and offer some tips from the Miami-Dade County website:

  • The safest way to enjoy fireworks is at a public fireworks display that trained professionals put on
  • If you are set on doing your own fireworks, make sure a responsible adult is present at all times and in charge of lighting all sparklers and fireworks
  • Never use illegal fireworks. Anything that propels itself through the air, detonates or explodes, or contains more than 100 grams of the chemical compound that produces sparks, is illegal. If you are unsure, make sure you purchase your fireworks from a vendor with an official permit to sell fireworks.
  • Read and follow all instructions on the label and keep all spectators a safe distance back from the ignition spot
  • Use fireworks outdoors only, away from houses, vehicles, trees, and other flammable objects. Choose a smooth, hard surface, clear of dry grass, and brush to light all fireworks and sparklers. 
  • Never attempt to re-ignite "duds" or fireworks that didn't work the first time
  • Keep a hose or water bucket nearby at all times

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

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Hurricane Planning and Preparation Tips for South Beach Residents?

5/24/2022 (Permalink)

Strong winds blow over palm trees during a tropical storm. We restore storm damage in Miami 24-hours a day.

The Atlantic season begins soon, and our local team in Miami Beach wants South Beach residents to be prepared. Here is some information from the Miami-Dade County website on how to prepare your home for a hurricane:

  • Make sure all smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors (important for generator use) are operational
  • Protect areas where wind can enter
  • Withdraw cash from the bank and get fuel for your vehicle, generator, and other gas-powered tools
  • Have battery-powered light sources available and ready for use
  • Protect electronics with surge protectors and waterproof coverings
  • If power is lost, lighting will be poor inside, so keep heavy-traffic areas free of clutter 
  • Bring in lawn furniture or other outdoor items not tied down that could become airborne
  • Repair or replace broken or damaged fences
  • Secure loose rain gutters and downspouts and clear any clogged areas or debris
  • Inspect the roof for loose tiles, shingles, or debris
  • Make sure you have homeowners, flood, and wind insurance
  • Make bedrolls from your existing comforters and blankets
  • If you are evacuating your home for the storm, turn off the power at the main circuit breaker before leaving

Call Us Today!

When your South Beach home or commercial business suffers storm damage, our local team in Miami Beach is Here to Help. ® 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.

Call Us Today!

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 Issues in Miami Beach Home?

2/22/2022 (Permalink)

Mold is growing on a wall in a home. We mitigate and restore mold damage in Miami.

SERVPRO® of Miami Beach has been restoring mold damage in Miami Beach for many years. The tropical monsoon climate here presents the perfect conditions for mold to propagate. Microscopic mold spores are always present in the Earth’s atmosphere waiting for the right conditions to land and colonize. Here are some tips from our website on things you can do while waiting for our technicians to arrive:

If you have a mold problem in your home or business, consider the following facts:

  • Significant mold growth can occur in 48-72 hours
  • Mold may present a greater risk to children, the elderly, and anyone with respiratory problems
  • 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 SERVPRO of Miami Beach 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!

When you discover mold growing in your Miami Beach home or commercial business, you can trust the professionals at 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.

Deep Cleaning Services in North Bay Village?

1/25/2022 (Permalink)

Technicians are cleaning a ceiling in a home. We provide a full range of deep cleaning services in Miami Beach.

SERVPRO® of Miami Beach provides a full range of residential deep cleaning services to keep North Bay Village homes looking their best. These services go way beyond the scope of a traditional cleaning service.

Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning

SERVPRO’s 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.

Air Duct Cleaning

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.

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.

Sewage and Biohazard Clean Up

Our experts are ready to assist in the cleanup of sewage and other biohazard materials and provide deep cleaning services for your home. Find out more about these services from our franchise professionals.

Call Us Today!

North Bay Village residents can trust the professionals at SERVPRO® of Miami Beach to keep your home looking and smelling great!  Call us today at 305-532-5411.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Air Duct Cleaning in Miami Beach?

12/28/2021 (Permalink)

An air duct vent is shown. We clean air ducts and vents in Miami.

One Miami Beach resident explained, "It felt like my air conditioner system was not working as well as it used to. My neighbor had the same type of air conditioner in her house, and her home’s air conditioner worked great. She told me she had the same problem until she called SERVPRO® of Miami Beach."

"I called the SERVPRO team, and they came over and inspected the air conditioning system, ductwork, and vents," she said. "They explained that the musty odor was coming from water in the condensation pan of my air conditioning unit. This excess condensation resulted from running the air conditioner with the doors and windows open in my home."

Air conditioning systems and ductwork can be a breeding ground for contaminants and pollutants. HVAC systems operate like the lungs or respiratory system of the home or building. The benefits of servicing your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) unit include:

  • Help to restore peak energy efficiency
  • May help to eliminate offensive odors
  • Help reduce the potential for mold growth

Call Us Today!

Miami Beach residents and commercial businesses can trust SERVPRO® of Miami Beach to inspect, clean, and restore duct works and HVAC systems. We have the equipment, training, and experience needed to clean and maintain your HVAC system, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 305-532-5411.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Emergency Service Board Up!

11/29/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO tech sweeps up broken glass SERVPRO of Miami Beach, and we will board up your unprotected structure lickety-split. Call us at 305-532-5411.

Emergency Service Board Up!


Imagine you are a South Beach retail store owner and someone shoots a bullet through your front door. That’s scary enough, but what about the concept of leaving your front door unprotected for people to come in and steal your merchandise? That’s an insult to injury.

We recently received this call from a store owner of the Thanksgiving weekend at about 11 pm. Our on-call crews were able to respond quickly and get to work. 


SERVPRO of Miami Beach works 24/7 for you, so even when damage happens after hours, we are able to respond right away and help make it "Like it never even happened."

Call us, SERVPRO of Miami Beach, and we will board up your unprotected structure lickety-split. Call us at 305-532-5411.

Mold Damage in Miami Beach?

11/22/2021 (Permalink)

A closeup of mold spores is shown. We handle mold at SERVPRO of Miami Beach.

There was a musty smell in my Miami Beach home. It seemed to be coming from my air conditioning vents. My neighbor told me to call SERVPRO® of Miami Beach. They sent a team out right away. Sure enough, moisture condensation in my air conditioner pan caused mold to colonize inside the walls by my air conditioning unit.

Understanding Mold

  • 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. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed, or 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 Today!

Miami Beach residents and businesses can count on SERVPRO® of Miami Beach to mitigate and remediate mold damage. We will advise you of state and local protocols and advise you on the process. Call us today at 305-532-5411.

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Mold Damage in Miami Beach?

11/22/2021 (Permalink)

A closeup of mold spores is shown. We handle mold at SERVPRO of Miami Beach.

There was a musty smell in my Miami Beach home. It seemed to be coming from my air conditioning vents. My neighbor told me to call SERVPRO® of Miami Beach. They sent a team out right away. Sure enough, moisture condensation in my air conditioner pan caused mold to colonize inside the walls by my air conditioning unit.

Understanding Mold

  • 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. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed, or 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 Today!

Miami Beach residents and businesses can count on SERVPRO® of Miami Beach to mitigate and remediate mold damage. We will advise you of state and local protocols and advise you on the process. Call us today at 305-532-5411.

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Pack-Out Services in Miami?

9/28/2021 (Permalink)

People are shown packing boxes. We provide a full range of contents restoration and pack-out services in Miami Beach.

Miami residents need to know about our pack-out services!

When my roof was damaged in a recent storm, that portion of the roof had to be replaced. The contents of the room directly underneath that part of the roof had to be removed to avoid damage during the restoration. SERVPRO® of Miami Beach’s technicians turned a chaotic and stressful experience into an efficient and organized move-out. They helped me pack out all of my bedroom furniture, clothes, and miscellaneous items. They stored them offsite until the roof repair was completed. Then, when the restoration was completed, they coordinated the return of these items and helped me put everything back together again.

Move-Outs/Pack-Outs

If your home requires extensive restoration or cleaning, we can conduct an organized, efficient move-out of the affected area. A move-out will provide several benefits, including:

  •  A quicker remodeling process
  •  Protecting items from potential damage
  •  Protecting contents from further on-site damage

When restoration is completed, we will work with you to coordinate the move-in according to your needs. The services offered upon move-in may depend on your insurance coverage.

Call Us!

When your Miami home or commercial requires move-out and pack-out services to complete a restoration, SERVPRO® of Miami Beach is Here to Help. ® Our highly trained technicians are on-call and ready to respond 24-hours a day. Call us today at 305-532-5411.

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Highly Trained Technicians in Miami Beach?

8/23/2021 (Permalink)

A training session is underway in a conference room. We are trusted leaders in residential and commercial restoration in Miami-Dade County.

Only the Best for Miami Beach!

At SERVPRO® of Miami Beach, our technicians are certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), the non-profit certifying body for the cleaning and restoration industry. Employee training includes:

  • IICRC Training
  • Employee Certification Training
  • Initial Franchise Training
  • e-Learnings
  • Continuing Education Classes

Certifications

  • AMRT - Applied Microbial Remediation Technician
  • ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • CDS - Commercial Drying Specialist
  • ECTP - Employee Certification Training Program
  • FSRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
  • IICRC Certified Firm
  • OSHA - 10-hour General and/or Construction Industry Training Program
  • RRRP - Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation
  • WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician

e-Learnings

All employees have access to web-based training. This training is voluntary and is designed to be an ongoing training series for SERVPRO of Miami Beach employees. These training courses are comprised of video presentations and support materials, followed by a knowledge test at the end of each module. Web-based training allows our technicians and office team to stay up-to-speed on industry standards and best practices for the cleaning and restoration industry.

Call Us Today!

When your Miami Beach home or commercial business needs emergency restoration services, SERVPRO® of Miami Beach has a team of highly trained technicians on-call and ready to respond 24-hours a day. Call us today at 305-532-5411.

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Highly Trained Team in South Beach?

7/28/2021 (Permalink)

A person is looking at a computer screen. We respond to property damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Miami-Dade County.

South Beach Deserves the Best!

SERVPRO® of Miami Beach requires our employees to undergo initial and rigorous training and certification. Here are the descriptions of our training programs from our website:

Employee Certification Training

The Employee Certification Training is a voluntary, self-paced program designed for SERVPRO Franchise employees. Certification is awarded after the successful completion of course materials and an examination. Modules include:

  • Crew Training
  • Fire Restoration
  • Water Restoration
  • Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning

Initial Franchise Training

A 15-day hands-on course at the SERVPRO Corporate Training Facility is the foundation of the SERVPRO training program. This course is primarily for new Franchise owners and covers many restoration topics:

  • Fire Restoration
  • Water Restoration
  • Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning
  • Mold Mitigation

e-Learnings

All of our staff have access to web-based training. This voluntary program is designed to be an ongoing, self-paced coaching series for a Franchise's employees. Video presentations and support materials are followed by a knowledge test at the end of each module. This keeps our technicians and office staff up to speed on industry standards and the professional quality you expect.

Call Us Today!

When your South Beach residence or commercial business needs emergency restoration services, SERVPRO® of Miami Beach has a team of highly trained technicians on-call and ready to respond 24-hours a day. Call us today at 305-532-5411.

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

More Satisfied SERVPRO of Miami Beach Customers?

6/21/2021 (Permalink)

A person is shown using a smartphone to give customer reviews. We respond to property damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Miami-Dade County.

SERVPRO® of Miami Beach’s customer reviews is the best form of advertising possible in Miami Beach. Here are some recent Google reviews:

“I am extremely pleased with Joe and the rest of the Miami Beach SERVPRO team for their quick response in addressing our needs with regards to the flood remediation work we hired them for. I cannot thank them enough for their professionalism, great communication, and attentiveness in addressing this issue. I called, and they started working away the very next day. They are transparent about the work being done, and they document everything. Normally I’d be nervous about any type of remediation work, but Joe and the team put me at ease in knowing the job would be completed quickly and thoroughly. Thank you, Joe, Kareem, and the SERVPRO team!!!” Vanessa Remijio

“There is nothing as devastating as having unpredictable damage to your home. Having someone like Kareem Hamilton taking care of your damage is one of the most valuable assets you can have to have the work done professionally, timely, and efficiently. I highly recommend SERVPRO.” Kareem Hamilton

Call Us Today!

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

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Happy Customers in North Bay Village?

5/24/2021 (Permalink)

A man is giving a five-star review. We aim for five-star reviews with every customer we serve in Miami Beach!

Our Customers Say it For Us!

SERVPRO® of Miami Beach has been responding to property damage emergencies in North Bay Village for years. Here are some customer testimonials from our website:

“My air conditioning went out for a month, leading to a mold situation that left my apartment uninhabitable and destroyed many of my possessions. I highly recommend SERVPRO as the first call you make when remediating mold situations. I contacted 4 different companies, and they were the most helpful by far. They came out the next business day to provide a no-cost assessment and educated me about my options, what the role of an assessor is, and about the particulars of my situation. By far, their advice made the most sense, and their rates were the lowest. Get their expert advice before you make a potentially costly mistake! Other companies were over 3x as much!” Kevin L., North Bay Village


“Joe Hrbek, the owner of MB SERVPRO, was awesome. Immediately responsive whenever we reached out to him. Ismael's crew arrived exactly on time and went to work immediately. Any concerns about COVID-19 were answered before we asked them. Very professional team!” James, Miami Beach

Call Us Today!

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

SERVPRO® of Miami Beach is Independently Owned and Operated.

Deep Cleaning and Decontamination Services in Miami Beach?

4/26/2021 (Permalink)

A person is cleaning and decontaminating a door handle. We offer a full range of deep cleaning and decontamination services in Miami.

Viral Pathogen Cleaning Services for Miami Beach

Although we are getting closer to mitigating the new coronavirus, COVID-19, keeping our homes and businesses free of viral pathogens will continue to be an important part of any home or business’s cleaning regimen. SERVPRO® of Miami Beach offers a full range of specialized cleaning and decontamination services to minimize exposure to viral pathogens like COVID-19 and we have been providing bioremediation services for many years.

Our technicians are highly trained and certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), and are certified in Applied Microbial Remediation. Other certifications include:

Certifications

  • AMRT - Applied Microbial Remediation Technician
  • ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • CDS - Commercial Drying Specialist
  • ECTP - Employee Certification Training Program
  • FSRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
  • IICRC Certified Firm
  • OSHA - 10-hour General and/or Construction Industry Training Program
  • RRRP - Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation
  • WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician

We follow the IICRC industry standards and best practices and use products approved by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Call Us Today!

When your home or business requires deep cleaning and decontamination services, SERVPRO® of Miami Beach is on call and ready to respond 24-hours a day. Call us today at 305-532-5411. We’ll clean and restore your home or workplace in Miami Beach, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Miami Beach is Independently Owned and Operated.

Chemical Spill in Miami Shores?

3/15/2021 (Permalink)

A surface is covered in dangerous yellow, red, and blue-green chemicals. We are faster to any size disaster in Miami Beach.

We Are Trusted Leaders in Biohazard Cleanup

Chemical spills can be dangerous to mitigate. At SERVPRO® of Miami Beach, we have a team of restoration technicians on-call 24-hours a day, seven days a week to respond to chemical spills in Miami Shores, no matter how big the job is.

Advanced Training and Certification

Our technicians are specially trained and certified to restore areas compromised by chemical spills safely. We have the specialized training, protective gear, experience, and equipment to clean and restore biohazard spills of all types.

We respond 24-hours a day to biohazardous situations like:

  • Sewage backups
  • Crime scene residues
  • Suicide/death accidents
  • Homicide cleanups
  • Blood cleanup
  • Accident cleanup
  • Hoarding scenes
  • Animal waste/remains
  • Chemical spills
  • Tear gas cleanup
  • Meth lab cleanup

We approach every job with special consideration for your family or business and will work to minimize the disruption to your home or business routine whenever possible and return your property to preloss condition quickly and efficiently.

Call Us Today!

You never know when a chemical spill or another biohazardous emergency may happen, but when it does, SERVPRO® of Miami Beach is ready to mitigate biohazardous spill emergencies 24-hours a day. Call us today at 305-532-5411. We’ll clean and restore your chemical spill damage in Miami Shores, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Miami Beach is Independently Owned and Operated.

Fast Emergency Response Time in Miami?

2/22/2021 (Permalink)

Tall buildings are shown in Miami, FL. We respond to fire and water damage emergencies quickly in the Miami Beach area.

One-Four-Eight Rule

SERVPRO® of Miami Beach follows the one-four-eight rule. That means that when you call us, we will respond to your call within one hour or less, we will arrive on-site in four hours or less, and we will contact your insurance adjuster in eight hours or less.

This is why we have a team of highly trained technicians on call 24-hours a day to respond to residential and commercial property damage calls. Fire, water, and storm damage do not wait for a convenient time to happen, so our teams are ready to respond day or night. We are deeply committed to our community and are proud of the team we have built and the recognition we have received.

Certifications

  • AMRT - Applied Microbial Remediation Technician
  • ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • CDS - Commercial Drying Specialist
  • ECTP - Employee Certification Training Program
  • FSRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
  • IICRC Certified Firm
  • OSHA - 10-hour General and/or Construction Industry Training Program
  • RRRP - Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation
  • WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician

Affiliations

  • Greater Miami and the Beaches Hotel Association - GMBHA
  • Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification – IICRC
  • Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce

Awards

  • Franchise Management Course
  • You're Our Hero!
  • SERVPRO's Business Development Program

Call Us!

SERVPRO® of Miami Beach is ready to respond to commercial and residential property damage emergencies in Miami 24-hours a day. Call us today at 305-532-5411.

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.

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.

Bad Odor in North Bay Village?

9/29/2020 (Permalink)

A man is shown opening an air return vent to inspect it for contaminants. You can breathe easier knowing that your HVAC system is well maintained in Miami.

Clean Air Really Matters

Did you know that leaving your windows open while running the air conditioning system can cause condensation to build up in the air conditioning unit? Bad odors can form when the moisture escapes into the ductwork due to improper drainage. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) microbial growths, dirt, and other contaminants can act as pollutants and can cause musty or moldy smells in your ventilation system. SERVPRO® of Miami Beach understands the benefits of having your heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system serviced and maintained regularly in North Bay Village. The advantages of having your HVAC system serviced are:

  • Helps to restore peak energy efficiency
  • May help to eliminate offensive odors
  • Helps reduce the potential for mold growth

The HVAC system is the respiratory system of your house. Sometimes the ductwork will not require cleaning, and when we come out, we will determine your needs and make recommendations to keep your HVAC system properly maintained.

Call Us Today

North Bay Village residents and commercial business owners can all rely on our team of highly trained technicians to service your HVAC system and to inspect and clean your air ducts, and we are Here to Help. ® Call SERVPRO® of Miami Beach today at 305-532-5411.

SERVPRO® of Miami Beach is Independently Owned and Operated.

North Bay Village Property Damage?

8/24/2020 (Permalink)

A broken retail store window is show on a downtown street. We restore property damage of all kinds in Miami Beach.

Broken Window in North Bay Village

One morning, I came into work and noticed a cold breeze blowing through my North Bay Village shop. I walked up to the retail portion of the store and finally found where the breeze was coming from. A tree branch had fallen and broke the front store window. The more I looked the more damage I saw. There was broken glass everywhere and the shop was a mess. The store was due to open in a few hours, so I called my boss and she told me to call SERVPRO® of Miami Beach. They came out and immediately begin the cleanup and restoration process. We were able to open at the regular time with no disruption to our customers or employees.

Call Us Today

No job is too big or small for SERVPRO® of Miami Beach. If your retail store or large commercial business gets damaged and you need cleanup and restoration services, we want to help. Our technicians are specialty trained and certified for:

  • AMRT - Applied Microbial Remediation Technician 
  • ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • ECTP - Employee Certification Training Program
  • FSRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
  • RRRP - Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation
  • WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician

Call us today at 305-532-5411. We’ll provide commercial cleanup and restoration services in North Bay Village “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Miami Beach is Independently Owned and Operated.

Storm Surge Damage in Morningside?

8/10/2020 (Permalink)

Hurricane force winds blow seawater onto a Florida shoreline. We respond to water damage emergencies day or night in Miami Beach!

Florida Ranks Number One for Storm Surges in the U.S.

Did you know that Florida ranks number one for the number of single-family homes at risk for storm surge property damage in the United States for all five category ratings for hurricanes? According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, (NOAA), storm surges are caused when there is an abnormal rise in seawater during a storm, and the storm’s winds push the water onshore. SERVPRO® of Miami Beach has a team of highly trained water restoration specialists ready to respond to any size storm surge damage and can be onsite to immediately begin the water extraction and drying process within four hours of your call.

Water Restoration Process

When you call us, we will guide you step by step through the process and ask you a series of questions to determine the best approach to address your specific needs. Here is what the typical water damage restoration process looks like:

Step 1: Emergency Contact

Step 2: Inspection and Damage Assessment

Step 3: Water Removal/Water Extraction

Step 4: Drying and Dehumidification

Step 5: Cleaning and Repair

Step 6: Restoration

Call Us Today

If your home or business experiences property damage, SERVPRO® of Miami Beach wants to help. Call us today at 305-532-5411. We’ll provide cleanup and restoration services in Morningside “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Miami Beach is Independently Owned and Operated.

SERVPRO of Miami Beach Takes Care of Miami

5/14/2020 (Permalink)

Beachfront, palm trees, bright-colored lights and buildings, sunshine SERVPRO of Miami Beach Keeps Everything Bright and Shining

People in Miami are worried about the spread of COVID-19. SERVPRO® of Miami Beach is Here to Help®.

We are part of a nationally-known business with expertise in cleaning biohazards, including areas that may contain viruses. SERVPRO of Miami uses cleaning and disinfecting methods directed by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

SERVPRO of Miami Beach applies the same strict standards to businesses, private homes, and community spaces. Schedule a deep cleaning to help keep family members, employees, and others safe.

Don’t wait. Call (305) 532-5411 or online.

SERVPRO of Miami Beach is independently owned and operated.

Links:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

https://www.SERVPROmiamibeach.com/

We Recommend Our Specialty Cleaning Services to Keep Your Family Safe in Normandy Isles

4/27/2020 (Permalink)

A man is shown washing his hands at a sink in his bathroom. It has never been more important to professionally clean and disinfects your home in Miami Beach.

Family Safety First

Protecting our loved ones from exposure to biological pathogens has never been more important since the outbreak of the new coronavirus, COVID-19 reached our shores earlier this year. People everywhere in the world are being impacted by this virus, and we are all in this together. At this unique time in world history, SERVPRO® of Miami Beach wants the residents of Normandy Isles to know about the years of experience we have in dealing with viruses similar to COVID-19. We are highly trained and have the specialty equipment, gear, and EPA-approved hospital-grade disinfectants and sanitizers to safely clean and disinfect your home.

CDC Guidelines to Protect Yourself

The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), report that COVID-19 is thought to be spread mainly from person-to-person, and people may or may not show symptoms of being infected. The CDC also states that it may be possible to spread the virus by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching the face, nose, mouth, or eyes. To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the CDC recommends regular handwashing or the use of a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.

Proactive Cleaning

SERVPRO® of Miami Beach wants Normandy Isles residents to know that we are available 24 hours a day and our technicians are ready to respond to any specialty cleaning need. Call us today at 305-532-5411.

SERVPRO® of Miami Beach is Independently Owned and Operated.

Specialty Cleaning Services in Miami Shores

4/27/2020 (Permalink)

A man wearing protective gear is shown cleaning a small Palm tree inside a home in Miami Beach. Biological contaminants can be safely cleaned by SERVPRO® of Miami Beach.

Specialty Cleaning Services

We are learning more each day about the new coronavirus, COVID-19, but did you know that SERVPRO® of Miami Beach has years of experience providing specialty cleaning services in Miami Shores to remove biological pathogens similar to COVID-19? Our professionals are highly trained and have the specialty equipment and protective gear necessary to safely remove biological contaminants from your home or business. The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), recommend cleaning your home frequently to prevent exposure to this highly contagious virus.

What You Can Do To Prevent The Spread

The CDC recommends:

  • Practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces 
  • Clean using household cleaners and EPA-registered disinfectants that are appropriate for the surface, following label instructions.
  • For electronics follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products. Consider the use of wipeable covers for electronics. If no manufacturer guidance is available, consider the use of alcohol-based wipes or spray containing at least 70% alcohol to disinfect touch screens. Dry surfaces thoroughly to avoid the pooling of liquids.

Call Us Today

SERVPRO® of Miami Beach wants Miami Shores residents to know that we use labeled, EPA-approved hospital-grade disinfectants and sanitizers to safely clean and disinfect your home. We are available 24 hours a day and our technicians are ready to respond to any specialty cleaning need. Call us today at 305-532-5411.

SERVPRO® of Miami Beach is Independently Owned and Operated.

SERVPRO® of Miami Beach Adheres to the Highest Cleaning and Sanitation Standards

3/31/2020 (Permalink)

A orange-gloved hand is shown spraying a cleaning solution onto a glass door. Proactive cleaning and disinfecting of your home can protect your family in Miami Shores.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), current evidence suggests that the COVID-19 virus may remain viable for hours to days on surfaces made from a variety of materials. The CDC recommends the cleaning of visibly dirty surfaces followed by disinfection as the best practice measure for prevention of COVID-19 and other viral respiratory illnesses in households and community settings. Routine cleaning and disinfection of households, including high-touch areas, can prevent and/or slow the spread of infectious disease. SERVPRO® of Miami Beach wants to share with the families of Miami Shores some best practice measures to take to minimize the spread of COVID-19 and other viral respiratory illnesses. Here are some recommendations from the CDC for the cleaning and disinfection of households: 

  • Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces daily in household common areas: tables, hard-backed chairs, doorknobs, light switches, remotes, handles, desks, toilets, sinks
  • If surfaces are dirty, they should be cleaned using a detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection

SERVPRO® of Miami Beach wants commercial business and homeowners of Miami Shores to know that our professionals are trained in adhering to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards. We are ready to respond to any cleaning or other emergency 24 hours a day every day. Call us today at 305-532-5411. We’ll clean and restore your home or business in Miami Shores “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Miami Beach is Independently Owned and Operated.

SERVPRO® of Miami Beach Uses Advanced Technology and Techniques to Restore Property Damage in Miami Beach

3/24/2020 (Permalink)

A beagle is shown dressed up like a detective, wearing a cap and smoking a pipe like Sherlock Holmes. We use advanced detection techniques to get your property back to preloss condition in Normandy Isles.

Did you know that we use infrared cameras to help us detect water through a wall, ceiling or floor? Recent advances in technology help us detect and identify the source of water and other property damage more efficiently than earlier detection methods. SERVPRO® of Miami Beach wants commercial business and homeowners of Normandy Isles to know about the advanced technology and techniques we use that allow our highly trained professionals to restore your property back to preloss condition quickly and more effectively. Here are some of the advanced techniques and technologies we employ:

  • Infrared cameras and sensitive moisture detectors, hygrometers and other meters measure the extent of moisture saturation
  • Powerful submersible and gas-powered pumps and truck-mounted and portable extraction units perform efficient water extraction
  • Industrial strength drying equipment including air movers and dehumidifiers remove excess moisture from the air
  • Odor removal and deodorization to remove odors caused by water and fire damage
  • Sanitizing agents, germicides and anti-microbial treatments are used to deodorize and disinfect your property

Our technicians have the training, experience and knowledge to restore commercial and residential damage of all types. SERVPRO® of Miami Beach is ready to respond to any size emergency 24 hours a day every day. Call us today at 305-532-5411 to find out about our cleanup and restoration services. We’ll take care of your property damage in Normandy Isles “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Miami Beach is Independently Owned and Operated.

Cleanup and Restoration Services for Miami Beach

2/19/2020 (Permalink)

A SERVPRO Technician meets with a resident to inspect damage. SERVPRO cleanup and restoration services in Miami Beach “Like it never even happened.”

Did you know that disaster losses along the Florida coastline are likely to increase in the coming years? According to the Insurance Information Institute, catastrophe losses may double every ten years as a result of commercial and residential development. SERVPRO® of Miami Beach is prepared to handle any kind of catastrophe or emergency. We want the business and homeowners of Miami Beach to know that our highly trained specialists are on hand to take care of your emergency cleanup and restoration needs. Here are some of the residential and commercial services we provide:

  • Commercial water damage cleanup and restoration
  • Fire damage cleanup and restoration
  • Water damage cleanup and restoration
  • Mold remediation and mitigation services
  • Sewage cleanup
  • Storm damage
  • Building services
  • Carpet and upholstery cleaning
  • Odor removal
  • Biohazard removal
  • Disaster Recovery Team
  • Help with insurance and paperwork process

When a disaster strikes your home or business, SERVPRO of Miami Beach wants to help. Our ability to immediately respond to your emergency helps to minimize the damage and restoration costs. We are available 24 hours a day and our staff of qualified technicians have the knowledge and specialized equipment necessary to safely clean and restore damage for Miami Beach residents and business owners. Call us today at 305-532-5411 to find out about our cleanup and restoration services. We’ll take care of your damage “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Miami Beach is independently owned and operated.

Cleanup and Restoration Services for Surfside

2/18/2020 (Permalink)

A lightning strike lands on a coastal city in the distance. SERVPRO cleanup and restoration services in Miami Beach “Like it never even happened.”

Did you know that SERVPRO® of Miami Beach is prepared to handle any kind of disaster? We want the business and homeowners of Surfside to know that our highly trained specialists are on hand to take care of your emergency cleanup and restoration needs. We are a trusted leader in the restoration industry and have years of experience serving our community. Our ability to immediately respond to your emergency helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs. We also can help manage the insurance paperwork and process. Here are some of the residential and commercial services we provide:

  • Water damage cleanup and restoration
  • Mold remediation and mitigation services
  • Sewage cleanup
  • Storm damage
  • Building services
  • Commercial water damage cleanup and restoration
  • Fire damage cleanup and restoration
  • Carpet and upholstery cleaning
  • Odor removal
  • Biohazard removal
  • Disaster Recovery Team

If you find yourself dealing with the aftermath of any of these disasters, SERVPRO of Miami Beach wants to help. We are available 24 hours a day and our highly trained technicians have the specialized equipment necessary to safely clean and restore damage for Surfside residents and business owners. Call us today at 305-532-5411 to find out about our cleanup and restoration services. We’ll take care of your damage “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Miami Beach is independently owned and operated.

Sewage and Other Biohazard Cleanup Services for North Bay Village residents.

2/11/2020 (Permalink)

Raw sewage and waste spills from pipes. Biohazard cleanup and restoration in Miami Beach “Like it never even happened.”

Did you know that sewage backups and other biohazards can occur at any time? SERVPRO® of Miami Beach wants the commercial and residential  property owners of the North Bay Village to know that our biohazard services are available 24 hours a day. Immediate response to biohazard emergencies is important because the water may contain viruses, bacteria and other microbes that can cause serious illnesses. When a raw sewage or other biohazard spill happens, we are ready to provide cleanup services to remove the contaminants, to remove any moisture, and to clean, disinfect and deodorize the structure.  We are also specialty trained to provide these additional biohazard services:

  • Crime scene residues
  • Suicides
  • Homicide cleanups
  • Blood cleanup
  • Accident cleanup
  • Hoarding scenes
  • Animal waste/remains
  • Chemical spills
  • Tear gas cleanup

If you find yourself dealing with the aftermath of any of these biohazards, SERVPRO of Miami Beach wants to help. We are available 24 hours a day and our highly trained technicians have the specialized equipment necessary to safely clean and restore biohazard damage for North Bay Village residents and business owners. Call us today at 305-532-5411 to find out about our commercial cleanup and restoration services. We’ll take care of your biohazard damage “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Miami Beach is independently owned and operated.

Sharing the SERVPRO History in Miami Beach

1/23/2020 (Permalink)

cartoon character with magnifying glass SERVPRO is ready to make your disaster “Like it never even happened.”

Ted Isaacson opened the first SERVPRO® in 1967 in Sacramento, California selling his first Franchise in 1969.  In 1988 the SERVPRO headquarters moved to Gallatin, Tennessee. SERVPRO now has 1700+ Franchises in the United States and Canada. SERVPRO of Miami Beach specializes in cleanup and restoration services in Miami Beach. We can make your fire, smoke, water, or mold damage “Like it never even happened.” 

What does SERVPRO of Miami Beach do?

SERVPRO of Miami Beach provides:

  • residential & commercial cleanup of:
    • water/ flood damage
    • fire damage
    • storm damage
  • mold remediation
  • restoration

SERVPRO of Miami Beach

  • Water Restoration
  • Fire Restoration
  • Mold Removal
  • Biohazard
  • Sewage
  • Drapes and Blinds
  • Odor Removal
  • Trauma and Crime Scene Cleanup
  • Vandalism and Graffiti
  • Air Ducts and HVAC
  • Ceilings, Floors, and Walls
  • Carpet and Upholstery



SERVPRO of Miami Beach works directly with most insurance companies, and is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week in Miami Beach.

Why SERVPRO of Miami Beach? Each franchise is an individually owned and operated company.  We have advanced expertise in water restoration along with specialized equipment in water removal and also advanced drying equipment.  

Technicians at SERVPRO of Miami Beach will keep you informed as they restore your damage so you will know what SERVPRO did, and how the process worked.  

SERVPRO of Miami Beach is independently owned and operated. 

Getting Alerted to Dangers in Miami Beach

8/24/2019 (Permalink)

person on smart phone Text MBAlert to 888777, and the city will sign you up to receive emergency notifications in Miami Beach.

Technology has enabled instantaneous notification when dangers lurk. This is definitely the case in #miamibeach. Using Twitter can be one way. The City of Miami Beach also actively notifies residents, business owners and community participants via text message.  If you'd like to receive notifications of events and developments that could be of concern, simply text 

MBAlert 

to 88877.  This will allow the city to send updates directly to your phone, via text message. Examples of recent notifications have included active shooter notifications, or 'do not swim' advisories. The city has also recently sent out notices of broken water mains, which can pose dangers to pedestrians and motorists. 

Additionally, you can sign up for a different notification system to receive traffic notifications.  For this, text

MBTraffic

to the same number, 88877.

The Dreaded "Humidity Bloom" in Miami

8/17/2019 (Permalink)

Bar stool with heavy mold colonization The white-ish / green-ish substance seen on this chair in Miami shows mold colonization. Its growth was fueled by high humidity over a period of time.

Have you ever left your home or office, perhaps looking to get away for a week on vacation? Even for those of us who live in the paradise of Miami / Miami Beach, it's fun to get away.

Have a great time! One thing though -- make sure your AC remains on, and better yet have someone come check it while you're gone.

This is what can happen.  We call it a humidity bloom. The customer here went away, and the AC went down.  This allowed the humidity level to rocket upward -- yes, the humidity in the air was enough of a moisture source to fuel mold growth on this -- and many others -- content item inside the apartment.

Mold needs two things to grow -- an organic food source, and moisture. Typically we associate water intrusions with the moisture part. For example, let's say a pipe bursts or a water heater bursts. That definitely happens too.  

But paradise has its price.  Humidity levels are sky high in South Florida. Unless controlled by appropriate, well-maintained AC systems, humidity can be enough by itself to spark a serious and costly mold problem.

Finishing Up a Job - In a Clean, Compliant Manner

4/30/2019 (Permalink)

green piece of equipment Spores inside! Your remediator's air scrubber collected millions of spores. The scrubber should be sealed before transporting out of the condo.

You're a condo association manager, and you're happy to see the mold remediation come to an end in unit 311.  You see the remediation company rolling out its equipment through your hallways, down the elevator and through the lobby on the way to the truck.

Maybe you should be more concerned than happy.

Truth is, the remediator could be contaminating that common-area hallway, elevator and lobby, with all of the mold spores it's been collecting in its equipment throughout the course of that dirty remediation. It's conceivable that each air scrubber could have collected millions of mold spores throughout the course of that job. Here's the thing - those same spores could come right back out of the machine when the machine is being wheeled through the hallway, elevator and lobby.

A significant number of those spores could be affecting neighbors through no fault of their own, due to the lack of care of the remediator.

It's so simple -- all the remediator needs to do is seal up the intake component of the air scrubber, so that the spores can't be released during transport. Few remediators perform this task, however, because they've passed their mold test and have collected their payment, and they realize they won't get caught . . . or they haven't thought of this themselves.

What's the Chatter about "Assignments of Benefits?" (AOB)

4/9/2019 (Permalink)

handcuffs SERVPRO of Miami Beach

A tennis racket is, when used appropriately, a fine instrument. If you play tennis, it helps you hit a serve or smash a solid groundstroke.

A tennis racket can be used the wrong way, potentially causing damage. It could be used to smash the windshield of a neighbor's car for instance. This, of course, would be a bad use for an otherwise harmless tool.

The same can be said for "assignments of benefits" (AOB) in the state of Florida. In and of themselves AOBs aren't controversial. Used appropriately, they can help business owners and home owners contract for services with a contractor. If that's all that's happening, all is fine, and there's no concern.

Problem is, there's lots of funny business in the state of Florida -- and Miami in particular. Many contractors misuse AOBs to game the system and wreak havoc on the insurance industry. This ends up costing residents and business owners in South Florida and throughout the state by indirectly beefing up insurance costs.

Here's how it can be abused. Say you have a flood in your home, and a water damage mitigation contractor comes in to provide emergency service and clean up the mess. Before workers begin extracting water, they'll throw a contract on your table and ask you to sign it. That contract could have AOB language, which gives the water mitigation company incredible powers. If the customer's insurance company doesn't pay what the mitigation company wants to charge, the mitigation company can sue the insurance company -- at the insurance company's cost.  That's right, the contractor can sue the insurance company and the insurance company will have to pay legal expenses when the contract features AOB language. The contractor feels a surge of power, because now they know they can charge above-market rates -- whatever they want, really -- and if the insurance company balks it'll be lawsuit time.

Who wouldn't want free legal representation on their side? Everyone would! At least, if they like to overbill and get rich quick. This is exactly what dubious contractors are thinking, and dubious contractors do exist in the emergency services world.

We want our customers to know that as a mitigation franchise we do NOT use AOBs. Rather, we sign customers up with a much less powerful "direction to pay," The "direction to pay" contract would restrict our ability to game the system, if gaming the system is what we ever wanted to do.  Our direction to pay does NOT give us the right to sue the insurance company at the insurance company's expense.  What this means is we have to be realistic and market-based when charging our customers, and we can't get away with overbilling because we don't get to sue for free.

Yes this makes it harder for us, because quite frankly sometimes the insurance companies are unreasonable. Not all the time, but sometimes . . . and increasingly so. 

Regardless, we want a smooth process for all our customers, and ourselves. With that in mind we do not make use of the controversial AOB in the state of Florida.

Mold Remediation - What is Florida Law?

4/5/2019 (Permalink)

state seal of Florida Laws regulating mold-related services in Florida went into effect in 2011.

Miami and Miami Beach property owners want contractors that are trustworthy. One way to know if your contractor is trustworthy is whether or not they are following the law.

Back in 2011 the State of Florida got serious about mold. The government implemented rules regulating mold-related services, which for the first time required Mold Assessors to be licensed in their trade, and Mold Remediators to be licensed in theirs. One of the key elements of the mold services law was a provision to ensure that homeowners get treated with transparency -- it required that Mold Assessors should be separate from Mold Remediators on a particular job. If a Mold Assessor provides an assessment on a job, he/she cannot be the Remediator on that job -- and vice versa.

The statute reads: A person may not "Perform or offer to perform any mold remediation to a structure on which the mold assessor or the mold assessor’s company provided a mold assessment within the last 12 months."

Unfortunately this statute is being violated in Florida still today. 

We at SERVPRO of Miami Beach point this out for a couple of reasons.  First, we are strong supporters of this statute -- we strongly believe that your mold assessor should be separate and independent from your remediator (e.g., us). The remediator should be separate from the assessor to avoid conflicts of interest. Second, we see evidence almost every day that some contractors are violating this rule, and that this lack of integrity is costing building owners and occupants.

Here's a recent example. One of our competitors performed an assessment at a retail store on Lincoln Road. The employees were complaining about headaches, sore throats, fatigue, and mold-like odors. The corporate managers truly wanted to do the right thing, so they brought in a local provider. This provider provided an assessment, and prescribed a scope of work to "address" the mold problem.  The bid to "address the problem was $8,000.00 and the treatment took 4 hours.  Of course, the provider "cleared" themselves out of the job. 

We can all guess what happened. The employees had all the expectation that their workplace would be safe and healthy. Soon enough, the headaches, sore throats and fatigue came back -- and it happened only when they came to work. They felt fine on weekends when not at the store.

The corporate managers called us, and we recommended an independent assessor, who prescribed a scope of work that would take 3 intense days of contents cleaning, packing and protection, then demolition of parts of the store that were known to be effected by a water intrusion, followed by a detailed microcleaning of the entire store. Our bill: the same $8,000 that the other guy charged to spray some "magic juice" in the course of 4 hours. 

Were we successful?  Don't ask us - ask the independent assessor, who has no financial interest in the remediation job, nor any affiliation with our company. They cleared us full time, and the corporate managers report happy employees.

Too many of our competitors don't even understand basic mold remediation concepts, or they're just too lazy to perform the hard work the right way. It's much more profitable to sell some snake oil and spray "magic juice," leading unwitting occupants to think they're doing the right thing.

Statute: Mold Related Services - State of Florida

What is a Mold Protocol?

3/15/2018 (Permalink)

technician in PPE Assessors in Florida write protocols for remediation, which we -- the remediators -- use as a beginning point to embark on a mold remediation.

Most South Florida property owners experiencing a mold problem haven't experienced such a thing before. 

As a result, every job we do is preceded by many of the same questions.

One of the most common -- what is a mold protocol?

A mold protocol is a preliminary list of recommended steps, prescribed by a Florida-licensed Mold Assessor, to get the affected home or business back to health. If a Mold Assessor is involved, and if he or she writes a protocol -- our role in the process is to then "remediate," or remedy, the problem. We are the remediation company, charged with the task of restoring the property to its normal fungal ecology.

We always recommend that a residential or commercial property owner contract the services of an independent, objective Mold Assessor to write a preliminary protocol. It provides an objective set of recommendations that a property owner can trust. Additionally, after the remediation takes place, the assessor can return and provide "clearance reviews" to ensure that the remediator (e.g., us) has done a good job and restored the property to normal fungal ecology.

Generally we don't like to hire the Mold Assessor ourselves -- that introduces a conflict of interest, real or perceived, that can introduce questions into this costly and cumbersome process. We prefer that a customer select their own qualified assessor and let us know what the protocol says. However many people have no idea where to begin looking for a qualified Mold Assessor. If this is the case we are happy to provide a list of referrals of Assessors operating credibly in the South Florida marketplace.

Give us a call at SERVPRO of Miami Beach and we'll be happy to send a list if you are looking for a mold remediation protocol!

How Do You Know the Mold is Remediated (Cleaned)?

3/17/2017 (Permalink)

mold on a wall Mold damage remediation in Miami Beach.

People understandably want assurances that their mold problem truly has been fixed after a remediation. 

We always tell our customers the same thing: Don't rely on us to give you verification that the property is at "normal fungal ecology" (that's the correct phrase for what we're trying to achieve on a mold remediation). We tell our customers to bring in an independent, objective outsider called a "Mold Assessor."  These Florida-licensed professionals are objective, and represent you.  If they see something wrong with the job performed, they will let you know.  They are not beholden to the remediator, so you'll get good honest feedback.

We always recommend that a property owner bring in a licensed, independent assessor to review the job.

How do they know if a job is ready for "clearance"? What constitutes a passing clearance review?

One assessor we met on a job recently describes it as follows: 

"A satisfactory mold clearance inspection consists of satisfactory visual observations that suspected visible microbial growth is not present inside the subject property, no active source of moisture is identified, and air sample results are positively evaluated by comparing the total indoor counts with the exterior or reference counts and then comparing the species types (genus) of microbial spores identified inside versus outside. Additionally, interior total levels, as well as any one or more interior individual genera should be the same or lower than exterior levels, and the types of spores identified indoors should be similar in nature to the types of spores found outdoors."

Mold assessors are licensed to do what they do. We suggest contracting one when completing a mold remediation project!

What is an "Air Scrubber"?

12/14/2016 (Permalink)

green air scrubbers in driveway Example of an Air Filtration Device used by SERVPRO.

We get this question a lot: "What is an air scrubber?"

We're happy to answer because we think they are phenomenal machines. They are simple, and they do their jobs very well.

An air scrubber is more appropriately referred to by professionals as an "air filtration device," or AFD. Simply put, it filters airborne particles out of the air, giving you cleaner air to breathe. The machines are used on many types of jobs, primarily mold remediation projects and water jobs where the use of fans can stir up dust and send particulate in the air.

"Scrubber" is a bit of a misnomer -- the machines don't really "scrub" anything. More appropriately, they trap airborne particulate in their filters, allowing filtered air to pass through the machine and re-enter the breathing environment. It's really the same concept as a water filter under your kitchen sink. A water filter removes unwanted particulate from your drinking water. An AFD does the same thing to the air we breathe.

The critical component of an air filtration device is a HEPA filter. The machine draws in air though the back side, pulls it through the HEPA filter, and the HEPA filter traps airborne particulate and returns to the breathing and varmints filtered air.

Do they work? Or are they just another way for contractors to run up a bill on a mold job or water job?  AFDs absolutely work.  A simple demonstration will prove it.  All we would need to do is take two readings from a laser particle counter, which is a hand-held device that measures the number of particles per volume of air. We could take one measurement on the "dirty" side of the AFD (e.g. the side of the AFD in which the air is entering) to measure the number of particles in the general environment; then we could take another measurement at the "clean" side (e.g. the side where the newly filtered air is coming out of the machine). The measurements will show drastic differences in particle counts.  The particle counts could be in the tens of thousands on the dirty side, and in the single digits on the clean side.  Seeing this demonstration is believing that AFDs absolutely remove airborne particulate from the air you breathe.

As mentioned above, AFDs are used most frequently on mold remediation projects. The reason is simple -- we want to remove airborne mold spores from the air you are consuming.  AFDs have many other uses as well.  For example, they can be used on deodorization projects.  Particulate in your air can produce odors. Trapping them with the HEPA-filtered AFD will remove them from the breathing environment and thereby remove the odor-producing elements from your environment.

Yes, AFDs can be expensive to employ. This is because HEPA filters are costly. HEPA filters are made of a refined product with tiny holes that are too small for particulate to pass through. These filters are "consumbables," meaning they are used and discarded. Unfortunately they cannot be recycled.  This is the key cost driver to consider when using AFDs.  On some occasions multiple HEPA filters may need to be used for each machine. More commonly, the HEPA filters can be used on a job without having to be changed out. 

If you, or a loved one, or business associate have  breathing or respiratory problems, give us a call at (305) 532-5411 and let us swing by and drop off an AFD -- cleaning your air (or more accurately stated, "removing particulate from your air") could go a long way to improving the way you feel!