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Should All Plumbing Noises Be Investigated?

8/15/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Should All Plumbing Noises Be Investigated? Some noises could point to an upcoming pipe break, so it may be a good idea to have a professional inspect the noises.

As a homeowner, you know that your Lahaina, HI, house can make some strange noises. You've noticed creaking and groaning in the middle of the night, but you don't know if these noises should be concerning to you. The truth is some noises could be precursors to other issues, such as a pipe break, damaged walls or malfunctioning water heater. When you hear strange noises that could be coming from your piping, it may be best to call in a residential water damage professional. You can also use this quick guide to help you figure out if the noise you hear should be concerning to you.

Recurrent Sounds

If the noises coming from your walls are repeated frequently, it could be a sign of an upcoming pipe burst. Common sounds you may hear include:

• Whistling
• Knocking
• Ticking

Whenever sounds are heard regularly, it may be a good idea to call in a plumber to have your pipes inspected. What type of issues do these common noises point to? Whistling is often associated with clogs, knocking is tied to pressure changes and ticking is linked with heat-related expansion. Getting to the cause of the noise may help you fix a broken pipe before it bursts.

One-Time Sounds

If you hear a banging one time after you turn off a faucet quickly, it may not need to be investigated. Isolated noises coming from your pipes often aren't linked with a pipe break. Instead, these singularly occurring sounds are often associated with the settling of your house. Of course, it doesn't hurt to be safe. You can still call in a plumber or water damage expert to make sure the noises are not indicative of a bigger problem.

You may not think of your plumbing as being noisy, but sounds can emanate from this internal structure of your house. Some noises could point to an upcoming pipe break, so it may be a good idea to have a professional inspect the noises. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROmaui.com/.

How Necessary Is Flood Insurance for My Business?

8/15/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial How Necessary Is Flood Insurance for My Business? Even if you don’t have an appropriate commercial insurance policy, you can contact a restoration company for estimates of repair costs.

Like any natural disaster, a flood can become very problematic as a disruption to business operations. It’s imperative that it is handled efficiently, so business can continue as soon as possible. While considering the best process, you likely think of commercial insurance for floods. To know if commercial flood insurance is worth the cost for your Lahaina, HI, business, you must first understand its scope.

What Does a Typical Flood Policy Cover?

Flood insurance covers any water damage that was nonexistent before the flood event. There are several flood events where losses are covered:

• Overflowing bodies of water
• Excessive or extended rainfall
• Storm draining blockage
• Broken dam
• Broken levees
• Storm surge
• Melting snow

If the damage is due a pipe burst or precipitation overfilling gutters, the flood policy is not necessary. Those events are covered by regular commercial insurance if negligence cannot be determined.

Is Flood Coverage Standard in Business Insurance?

Flood damage is not traditionally rolled into a baseline package. The federal government offers coverage through the Nation Flood Insurance Program, known by its abbreviation of NFIP. NFIP is offered by FEMA alongside private options in the market.

There is a caveat to the necessity of flood insurance. Any business mortgaged by a federal lender in an area with a major flood risk is mandated to buy flood insurance. Outside of flood prone areas, it is not required.

How Do I Remedy Flood Damage Once Insurance Takes Effect?

A local commercial storm recovery company will send out experts to evaluate and create a plan to repair the damage. If you have flood insurance, the policy provider will work with connected partners to fix up your business from the storm damage.

Even if you don’t have an appropriate commercial insurance policy, you can contact a restoration company for estimates of repair costs. Depending on the area, it may be more economical to keep a flood policy rather than wait for a costly disaster to hit your business. Checking the flood risk and prices in the area gives you a cost-benefit analysis to determine if it’s appropriate for your business. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROmaui.com/.

Hurricane Preparedness

8/10/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Hurricane Preparedness Storm Damaged home in Maui

Aloha SERVPRO of Maui Friends,

Here we find ourselves within the hurricane season once again.  the heightened season for the islands is June through November.

Fortunately, the Hawaiian islands have not been majorly affected since Hurricane Iniki hit the island of Kauai.  We all know that it is better to be proactive than reactive so we would like to share a couple of websites to give current information on what to do in case of a hurricane:  www.noaa.gov and www.redcross.org

We suggest that each household has an emergency preparedness plan in place.  In the plan we would suggest a list of phone numbers:

  • Emergency Management Offices
  • County Law Enforcement
  • County Public Safety Fire and Rescue
  • State, County, City/Town Government
  • Local Hospital
  • Local Utilities
  • Local TV and Radio Stations
  • Your Property Insurance Agent

Here's to living for today and being prepared for tomorrow.

Mahalo

Faster to your Maui Water Damage Event

8/10/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Faster to your Maui Water Damage Event SERVPRO of Maui provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in the County of Maui.

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Maui provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Maui arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 808-572-4666

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

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

Hours 1 - 24:

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

48 Hours to 1 Week:

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

More Than 1 Week:

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

About SERVPRO of Maui

SERVPRO of Maui specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Maui Smoke and Soot Cleanup

8/10/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Maui Smoke and Soot Cleanup Maui Fire Damage

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Maui will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 808-572-4666

Maui Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

8/10/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Maui Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold Be careful! Without proper training, you could be spreading mold throughout your home

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Maui 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.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Maui specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 808-572-4666

Restoring Your Maui Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

8/10/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Restoring Your Maui Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event Water Damaged apartment building in Maui

Flooding and water damage events at Maui commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Maui

SERVPRO of Maui specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Basic First Aid for Burn Care

8/10/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Basic First Aid for Burn Care Apartment Fire in Maui, HI

When your Maui, HI, business suffers a fire, fire damage isn’t your only concern. People may be injured, and you may have to contend with first aid on the spot while waiting for help. But what kind of aid can you provide for burns, and how can you tell a minor burn from a major burn?

Minor Burns

Minor burns may look no worse than a sunburn. They’re usually mildly reddened, with some blistering and pain. To qualify as a minor burn, the burn should be no more than 3 inches in diameter. While it’s best to seek professional medical care, initial emergency burn first aid for minor burns involves:

  • Using a cold wet compress or cool water to reduce the temperature of the burned area
  • Quickly getting rid of any clothing or tight jewelry that may compress or abrade the area
  • Using lotion to soothe, preferably something water-based with aloe
  • Covering the wound with a bandage; keep it loose and use sterile gauze
  • Being careful not to apply enough pressure to break blisters
  • Providing pain relief with over-the-counter meds as needed

Major Burns

Major burns cause deep traumatic harm, and usually make the skin crisped or leathery. Some patches may appear black, brown, or white char. Major burns are larger than 3 inches, and can be fatal. Steps you should take include:

  • Immediately calling 911
  • Moving the victim away from the source of the burn or fire damage
  • Checking for steady respiration; use CPR/rescue breathing if needed
  • Cutting or pulling clothing and restrictive accessories away from burned areas
  • Gently covering the burn area with a cool, damp cloth or bandage
  • Elevating the burn area above heart level
  • Monitoring for shock

Things Not to Do

Be careful that investigating fire damage doesn’t lead to personal injury for yourself. For burn victims, do not submerge major burns in water as this can lead to hypothermia. Never use anything grease-based to cover the burn; grease can seal the heat of the burn against the skin.

Why is Mold Growing Here – Again?

7/16/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Why is Mold Growing Here – Again? If you have taken these steps and mold growth is still occurring, a professional mold remediation team may be required.

When mold first appeared in your Lahaina, HI, business you took immediate and thorough steps to address the problem – only to see it return to the same spot, as if nothing ever happened. Mold growth is a pervasive issue both frustrating and endangering to your place of business, threatening property damage and an array of potential health effects. However, it shouldn’t become a recurring issue.

Understanding Mold Growth

Mold spores are a natural occurrence, microscopic in size and present almost everywhere. To grow into the familiar fungal nuisance the spores require four factors:

• Darkness
• Moisture
• Organic nutrients
• A surface to grow on

Dark places such as HVAC units or ductwork, interior walls, carpet and subflooring are all prime examples of places mold can thrive. The microscopic nature of mold spores doesn’t require significant amounts of water to grow, and when confronting mold in the same location water damage is most often the culprit. Check for remaining water damage in the location of the mold; HVAC systems can leave condensation and poor insulation may leave moisture buildup within the interior structure. Furthermore, check for humidity levels within your building. The EPA recommends indoor humidity levels remain between 30 and 50 percent. High humidity can create water vapor in the air; just enough for mold spores to thrive.

Understanding Mold Remediation

Unfortunately, there is no such thing as complete mold removal. The microscopic spores will always remain, but without the four key factors will not have the opportunity to grow into a colony. Thus, when mold is a recurring problem, it is a sure sign that water damage is still present in that location. To remediate mold, moisture levels must be addressed:

• Fix leaky pipes and malfunctioning HVAC systems
• Dry any liquid spills quickly and thoroughly
• Regularly utilize a dehumidifier
• Consider replacing porous material that mold has grown on

If you have taken these steps and mold growth is still occurring, a professional mold remediation team may be required. With the appropriate training and high-tech equipment, they can effectively keep mold the microscopic neighbor it should be. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROmaui.com/.

How To Prevent a Lint Fire

7/16/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How To Prevent a Lint Fire Although a lint fire can easily be prevented, it’s up to you to take the necessary steps.

A lint fire can happen when dust builds up in your dryer and blocks the hot air from escaping. This blockage can cause your dryer to excessively heat up and ignite the lint. To prevent fire damage from happening in your home, there are three things you can do that don’t take a lot of time out of your schedule. By being aware when doing your laundry, you can prevent any hazards that can damage or destroy your home in Lahaina, HI.

1. Remove the Lint

The most important way to prevent a dryer fire is to simply clean your lint filter. Before or after each load, remove all the lint from the screen. The dust comes off easily and can be thrown away. To reduce the risk of a lint fire, you should remove the lint after each load of laundry and this step should never be neglected.

2. Inspect the Vent

If your dryer has a hard time drying laundry and runs slower than usual, there might be a blockage in the duct. It might be a good idea to remove the duct, clean it out, and reconnect it to both the dryer and outside vent. This can be done periodically.

3. Replace the Duct

Some dryers come with a foil or plastic accordion-style duct. Unfortunately, these types of ducts can sag and build up lint. If you’re concerned with your dryer’s duct, consider using a metal duct that won’t sag. This can prevent lint from gathering as quickly or easily.

Although a lint fire can easily be prevented, it’s up to you to take the necessary steps. Don’t forget to teach your children and spouse how to remove the lint from the filter after each load of laundry. With these steps, you can keep track of the lint in your dryer and reduce the risk of a fire. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROmaui.com/.