Fire Damage Restoration Tips
House on Fire
Fire is extremely dangerous even if the after effects are not immediately visible. There are a few things that need to be known before entering the home after you have had a fire.
Always consult a fire marshal and ensure that it is safe to re-enter the home after fire damage. Even though you may want to inspect and see what survived the fire, you need to be safe for obvious reasons. Fire can cause the home to be extremely unstable and dangerous.
Immediately following the fire, call a Fire Damage and Cleaning Restoration Company to help assess the damage in the property and begin the clean-up process. A fire damage restoration professional can save a lot of money, time and keep your family safe when dealing with fire damage, but here are some things you can do before help arrives:
- Open all windows and doors to ventilate and help get the smoke out as much as possible.
- Cover any clean, unaffected pieces of furniture up with plastic to make sure they are not damaged in the clean-up process.
- Do not try to clean anything yourself. Soot and smoke that has set into the furniture and carpet can be dangerous.
- Don’t plug in any electronics. Call an electrician to inspect for any electrical damage from the fire.
- Throw out any open of possibly exposed foods that make have been contaminated from the fire.
Damage caused by a fire is devastating for your family and your home. It’s a stressful and confusing time, so you’ll need a caring expert to guide you through this crisis. Our professionals will always treat you with respect and empathy, and we’ll always treat your home and belongings with great care.
SERVPRO of Doral has the water and fire damage training and expertise to help you through this tough time. Once the fire department leaves, your Miami Lakes home may suffer from water damage caused by firefighting efforts. We have the specialized fire and water damage restoration training, personnel, and equipment to handle fire and water damage and can quickly restore your home to pre-fire condition.
How Commercial Cleaning positively Impacts Other Areas of Your Business
Maintaining a clean work environment has numerous benefits for both your employees and your business. However, handling daily cleaning is a time-consuming task. Commercial cleaning providers take on this responsibility to ensure a clean work space and improve your business overall.
These are some of the benefits of regular Commercial Cleaning:
Reduces employee sick days. A clean and healthy work environment is one of the most important ways to prevent your business from dealing with absent staff
Prevents accidents. In a dirty or cluttered workplace it is only a matter of time before a customer or employee is accidentally injured. Avoid the cost and headache of legal troubles by making sure your workplace is clean and safe.
Maintains a professional appearance. The cleanliness of a work space is often viewed as a direct reflection of the business’s professionalism.
Boosts employee morale. Nothing damages employee morale quite like a dirty workplace. Keeping a clean office at all times makes a positive impact on the way your staff feel when they step into work each day.
Protects expensive equipment. A regular cleaning also defends against the damage of dust and dirt on expensive equipment.
When grime, odor, and moisture challenges go beyond the scope of your regular janitorial staff, you should call SERVPRO of Doral for prompt service. Whether it’s removing an odor problem or deep cleaning flooring or carpets, you can rely on us to make your workspace look its very best.
Going a Little Greener
Happy Earth Day!
In honor of Earth day we have compiled a list of tips to help get a little greener.
1. Audit your energy use. Making sure to turn off lights when you leave a room or hang drying clothes on a clothes line will not only help you save money but it will help the environment as well.
2. Watch your water consumption. Like your energy use, monitor your water use to see where you can improve. Ensure that the water is not running while you are brushing your teeth, take shorter showers and fix leaky faucets.
3. Stop using disposable plastic bags. Buy or create your own reusable bags.
4. Wash laundry in cold water to help conserve energy.
5. Recycle. It’s never too late to start recycling. Paper, plastic, glass and aluminum can be recycled.
6. Grow your own vegetables, herbs and fruits. Plant some local flora.
7. Buy used before buying new. Check thrift shops and local buy, sell, trades for items you are looking for.
8. Use green household cleaners. SERVPRO of Doral has several green cleaning products and our corporate lab in Gallatin, TN continues to add more.
9. Purchase a reusable water bottle instead of disposable water bottles.
10. Ride a bike or walk to the nearby grocery store if you are able to.
There are so many things you can do to help the environment and your wallet. We hope that you can challenge yourself to implement 1 thing on this list to help become a little more ecofriendly. It may seem daunting at first so work on 1 thing at a time until it becomes a habit and go on to the next item on the list.
Happy Earth day!
Water Damage Tips - What to do until Help Arrives
You come home to find standing water. What do you do? Here are a few ideas on what to do until help arrives:
1. If you can find the source of water, turn it off to prevent further damage.
2. Safety first – Never step into a flooded room if the water is high enough to reach electrical outlets, appliances or cords. If you are safely able to do so, shut the power off at the breaker box. If you must stand in water to do so, don’t. Contact your electric utility company to shut off the power at the meter.
3. Take photos of everything in place as it was when you first arrived to your home.
4. Act quickly and remove any contents you can safely move that are sitting in water.
5. Contact a restoration company to help dry out the structure.
6. Contact your insurance company to start a claim.
7. If the damage was caused by a sewer line back up, do not touch sewage or grossly contaminated contents. Leave this to the professionals. They have the proper protective gear to handle affected materials.
8. Remove excess water by mopping, blotting or via squeegee.
9. Remove colorful rugs from wet carpet in order to prevent staining.
10. Place plastic or aluminum between furniture legs and wet carpet.
11. Keep out of rooms where the ceilings are sagging.
Being proactive expedites drying and minimizes damage so you can get back to your normal life.
For more information contact SERVPRO of Doral at 305-558-6211
Method and Professional Carpet Cleaning
It is very important to clean the carpets regularly, especially in hotels because of the high traffic of people. We must take care of hygiene and presence, and that is why The Provident Hotel has entrusted SERVPRO of Doral.
There are many reasons for professional carpet cleaning, one it will increase the life of your carpets to have them cleaned regularly. The dirt embedded in the carpets rub together to prematurely wear out the carpet fibers. The appearance is better with clean carpets; health is improved with less soil and or dust in the home, office etc.
The method commonly referred to as steam cleaning is better referred to as Hot water Extraction. This is where you apply a pre-spray and use agitation and a hot water rinse to remove the soap and soil. The agitation can come in the form of a machine applying pressure with brushes or simply using the wand which vacuums up the hot water sprayed on to the carpets to rinse out the pre-spray. There are different chemical requirements depending on whether or not the carpet is a synthetic or natural carpet fiber.
Extraction is by far the most important step in this process. Since the hot-water extraction method uses much more water than other methods like bonnet or shampoo cleaning, proper extraction and air flow are critical to avoid drying issues. Drying time may also be decreased by extra use of fans, air conditioning, and/or outdoor ventilation.
Older surfaces, such as double jute-backed carpets and loose rugs with natural foundation yarns, could shrink after a wet treatment. Newer carpets, such as with synthetic backing and foundation yarns, do not shrink, and they smooth easily. The variety in carpet types and situations make a good argument to always use a professional carpet cleaner who has been trained and certified.
About SERVPRO of Doral
SERVPRO ofDoral specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our Crew is highly trained in property damage restoration. SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification. We can be reached at (305) 594-2956.
South East Physician Associates (SEPA)
On March 1st, 2018 SEPA had a grand opening event for one of their medical office practice in Doral at the Firefighter Memorial Building. SEPA objective for this grand opening to ensure firefighters get the proper care they need while they are on the field. There are huge percentage of firefighters do not take the proper follow-up when they have a medical health issue. With this practice, it will be definitely help open doors and emotional support for family members who have their relative in the firefighter field. This is definitely will make things well for all around in the community. This location was brought the firefighters that lost their lives while helping others in the community. It is a beautiful remembrance of such great people.
SEPA’s mission is to help the physician and business partners achieve their success that will eventually turn into high quality healthcare. They sincerely care about the community and always willing to help as much as they can and more. We also had the mayor of Doral at the grand opening, J.C. Bermudez.
We definitely like helping our clients to ensure their happiness is always granted. We always continually want to always have excellent service, fairness and mutual respect. With this special invitation their grand opening and their growth in the company it is great. We appreciate it so much. As well, we thank Doral Chamber of Commerce for us meeting them in a Carnival Victory Cruise Line in making our business relationship prosper.
BOMA TOBY Awards
SERVPRO SMRs during dinner ceremony.
We at SERVPRO of Doral participated at the Toby’s Awards 2018 this year. It was a great exciting time for property managers to get together. We even were the platinum sponsor this wonderful event. The theme of Oscar’s Night; it was a night fulfilling, with other SERVPRO in our area. It was nice to get everyone together and celebrate special time. These are the Toby Awards, is known for Outstanding Building of the year is the most prestigious and comprehensive program of its kind in the commercial real estate industry. This event recognized properties that showed superior building quality and management practices.
Being eligible for this event for property managers, it is all of the commercial office and industrial building, but it has to be met with BOMA International’s TOBY Committee. For them, winning these awards meant a lot because it brings a great marketing edge tool to lease/and or even to sell a building. As well, the staff gets a special recognition for the TOBY submission process. A TOBY award enabled to highlight to ownership all the hard work completed on behalf of the building of the property managers working together.
It was so nice to get to have met the people we have done work for in the past. Being part of this nice event; it sure helped us to have showed more emphasis that we are great, valuable company for our client and prospective clients. This will help us grow in large to continue to trust us with the restorative services, and not only that, but also minor cleaning and other things do we to provide to make our franchises grow. We sure cannot wait to continue to help BOMA and their properties whenever there is issues. We are SERVPRO of Miami Lakes/Doral we want to continue to do excellent service, fairness and have mutual respect.
Doral Chamber of Commerce - Power Luncheon
Carnival Cruise Victory Dining Salon
As SERVPRO of Doral, we have been active members with our communities, we had an event on January 26th, 2018 at the Carnival Cruise Line – Doral Chamber Power Luncheon. It was indeed a great experience where we got a chance to meet other business professionals to help each other grow. We had been an active member of Doral Chamber of Commerce, we go to many of their events because we see SERVPRO of Doral as a team to work together in the community.
We had phenomenal food and dancers in the cruise. It felt like a true experience of being in a cruise, but with that exception that we are not sailing away to…Cuba!. That is a joke that Manny Sarmiento, president of the chamber of commerce of Doral, says when we go to these Carnival Cruise Power Luncheon Meetings that usually happens about three times a year. We had enjoyed our times and we had enjoyed everyone.
We want to make SERVPRO of Doral a continuation of servicing others and sharing this SERVPRO experience to others.
As a main speaker, we had William Talbert III from Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau telling us tourism business did not get affected from Hurricane Irma. We have a bunch events coming up in our way, so we had been growing such a positive way in the business world. He shared the story of the “Funny Socks Club”, as Manny Sarmiento was saying, and “Bill” as they had call him as the co-founder.
Doral Chamber of Commerce had been great part of in our lives, networking and great return of investment. We have definitely enjoy the experience of helping the community.
We also had the Carnival Cruise waiters danced the “Gangnam Style”, song it was great phenomenal experience that other business professionals have to enjoy at least once. We thanked Manny and Carmen Sarmiento, Azahy, and other Doral Chamber of Commerce members for this great luncheon.