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Air Duct and HVAC Cleaning Services in Kailua-Kona?

4/25/2022 (Permalink)

An air conditioner vent is visible in the ceiling of a home. We inspect and clean HVAC systems in Hawaii and Maui.

Aloha! Have you noticed any changes in the efficiency of your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system? Our teams in Hawaii and Maui have over twenty years of experience cleaning HVAC systems in Kailua-Kona. If your HVAC system has not been serviced lately, it may be circulating any of the following contaminants:

  • Dust
  • Pollen
  • Odors
  • Dirt and debris
  • Other contaminants

There are many benefits to servicing your HVAC unit, including:

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

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends the cleaning of HVAC systems when:

  • There is substantial visible mold growth inside the ducts or on other components of your heating and cooling system
  • If you have insulated air ducts and the insulation gets wet or moldy, it cannot be effectively cleaned and should be removed and replaced
  • Ducts are infested with vermin (e.g., rodents or insects)
  • Ducts are clogged with excessive amounts of dust and debris
  • Particles are being released into the home from your supply registers

Call Us Today!

When your Kailua-Kona home or commercial business needs HVAC inspection, cleaning, or routine maintenance services, our teams in Hawaii and Maui are Here to Help. ® Call us today at 808-329-6560. Mahalo!

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Hoarding Cleanup and Restoration Services in Kamuela?

3/21/2022 (Permalink)

A room in a house is filled by someone with a hoarding disorder. We clean and restore hoarding scenes in Hawaii and Maui.

Hoarding in Kamuela Home?

Aloha! Hoarding scenes are dangerous and require professional services to restore the damage. Our local teams in Hawaii and Maui can help. Here is some information from the National Fire Protection Association about hoarding:

What is hoarding?

Hoarding is defined as collecting or keeping large amounts of various items in the home due to strong urges to save them or distress experienced when discarding them. Many rooms in the home are so filled with possessions that residents can no longer use the rooms as designed. The home is so overloaded with things that everyday living is compromised.

Why is hoarding an issue for the fire service?

  • Hoarding can be a fire hazard, and many occupants die in fires in these homes. Often, blocked exits prevent escape from the house. In addition, many people who are hoarding are injured when they trip over things or when materials fall on them.
  • Responding firefighters can be put at risk due to obstructed exits, falling objects, and excessive fire loading that can lead to collapse. Hoarding makes fighting fires and searching for occupants far more difficult.
  • Those living adjacent to an occupied structure can be quickly affected when a fire occurs due to excessive smoke and fire conditions.

Call Us!

Hoarding scenes can be dangerous for everyone involved. If you have a hoarding situation in Kamuela and need cleanup services, call us at 808-329-6560. Mahalo!

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Emergency Restoration Services in Hilo?

2/22/2022 (Permalink)

A picture of Hilo, Hawaii, is shown from the ocean. We are leaders in residential and commercial restoration services in Maui and Hawaii.

Aloha! Meet franchise owner Brian Konishi. Brian has been helping Hilo locals, and commercial businesses put their lives back together for many years. Brian worked in the insurance industry for twenty-five years serving as an adjuster and working with policyholders. He brought this wealth of industry knowledge with him when he joined SERVPRO.

 SERVPRO® of Hawaii |SERVPRO® of Maui has been restoring fire and water damage for homeowners and commercial businesses in Hawaii and Maui for over twenty years. We understand the unique challenges that water, fire, and mold damage present in these tropical environments.

We are a family-run business and have extensive experience addressing problems unique to our climate. Our technicians are certified in Applied Microbial Remediation and have years of experience mitigating and restoring mold damage. We are also licensed contractors, so we are uniquely positioned to supervise a full range of reconstruction services when your restoration requires building services.

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services
  • Building Services
  • Commercial Services

Call Us Today!

You never know if you will need our restoration services, but if you do, Hilo locals and commercial businesses can rely on SERVPRO® of Hawaii |SERVPRO® of Maui to restore their property damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call us at 808-329-6560. Mahalo!

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Mold Problem in Kamuela Home?

1/25/2022 (Permalink)

A closeup of microscopic mold spores is shown. We remediate mold damage in Hawaii and Maui.

Aloha! SERVPRO® of Hawaii |SERVPRO® of Maui has been helping Kamuela locals and businesses mitigate and remediate mold damage for over twenty years. Mold is often a symptom of water damage or excess moisture in the home or building. Our technicians will locate the source of the mold and address the problem to discourage the mold from returning after the remediation process is complete. 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 Hawaii | 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

Call Us Today!

Kamuela locals and commercial businesses can count on the professionals at SERVPRO® of Hawaii |SERVPRO® of Maui to restore their mold damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call us at 808-329-6560. Mahalo!

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Holiday Light Fire in Lahaina?

12/28/2021 (Permalink)

Holiday light strings fill a backyard with light during a New Year’s Eve party. We respond to fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Maui and Hawaii.

Aloha! SERVPRO® of Hawaii |SERVPRO® of Maui has over twenty years of experience restoring fire damage in Lahaina. More fires are reported during the winter months than at any other time of the year, and holiday decorating is a known cause for many of these fires. Here are some holiday decorating tips to ensure you have a happy and safe New Years Eve celebration:

Holiday Decorating and Entertaining Tips

  • Be careful with holiday decorations. Choose decorations that are flame resistant or flame retardant.
  • Keep lit candles away from decorations and other things that can burn
  • Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use, but not both
  • Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Read manufacturer’s instructions for the number of light strands to connect.
  • Use clips, not nails, to hang lights, so the cords do not get damaged
  • Keep decorations away from windows and doors
  • Test your smoke alarms and tell guests about your home fire escape plan
  • Keep children and pets away from lit candles
  • Stay in the kitchen when cooking on the stovetop
  • Ask smokers to smoke outside. Provide large, deep ashtrays for smokers. Wet cigarette butts with water before discarding them.

Call Us Today!

When you have a fire damage emergency, our technicians are on-call and ready to respond 24-hours a day. Lahaina locals and businesses can rely on SERVPRO® of Hawaii |SERVPRO® of Maui to restore the fire damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call us at 808-329-6560. Mahalo!

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

High Customer Satisfaction in Hilo?

11/22/2021 (Permalink)

Gold stars and glitter are seen. We take customer satisfaction very seriously in Hawaii and Maui!

Aloha! SERVPRO® of Hawaii |SERVPRO® of Maui is proud of the reviews we receive from our Hilo customers. In everything we do, we aim for five-star reviews! Here are some recent reviews from  Google:

“The guys were amazing!! We were so thankful for their help. Our basement was flooded, and they explained everything that needed to happen and were super diligent in getting it done. We were super impressed and felt like we were in great hands! I would highly recommend this team. Thank you, Justin, Brian, and team, for helping us out in such a stressful time and making the experience easy. We truly appreciate all you did for us!” Courtney Caso

“Making sure everything was professionally clean after having almost 2ft of water in a space my three young children (all under 9) use as a playroom was critical to me. Justin and his crew were thorough, professional, and efficient with my post-flood remediation concerns, and I now feel comfortable having my small children back in the basement. I highly recommend their team’s SERVPRO service!” Nicholas Taro

Call Us Today!

When you need emergency restoration services for your Hilo home or business, SERVPRO® of Hawaii |SERVPRO® of Maui is Here to Help. ® Call us at 808-329-6560. Mahalo!

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Party Fire in Kihei?

10/25/2021 (Permalink)

A pumpkin and tropical flowers decorate a party table. We respond to fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Maui and Hawaii.

Aloha! The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that more than one-third of the Halloween decoration fires reported each year start with a candle. SERVPRO® of Hawaii |SERVPRO® of Maui responds to fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day. We wish everyone a Happy Halloween and offer some tips from the NFPA for having a safe Halloween celebration in Kihei:

  • Use a battery-operated candle or glow stick in jack-o-lanterns
  • Dried flowers, cornstalks, and crepe paper catch fire easily
  • Keep all decorations away from open flames and other heat sources like light bulbs and heaters
  • When using electrical lighting to decorate your home, make sure it is used according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use, but not both.
  • Use clips, not nails, to hang lights so the cords do not get damaged
  • Remember to keep exits clear of decorations, so nothing blocks escape routes. Make sure all smoke alarms are working.

For families still planning to attend Halloween parties or go trick-or-treating:

  • When choosing costumes, stay away from long trailing fabric that could come in contact with open flames or other heat sources
  • Teach children to stay away from open flames, including jack-o-lanterns with candles in them
  • Provide children with flashlights to carry for lighting or glow sticks as part of their costumes

Call Us!

When you need fire damage restoration services for your home or business, SERVPRO® of Hawaii |SERVPRO® of Maui is Here to Help. ® We’ll restore your fire damage in Kihei, “Like it never even happened.” Call us at 808-329-6560. Mahalo!

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Advanced Technologies Used for Property Restoration in Kihei?

7/28/2021 (Permalink)

An infrared camera is being pointed at a home. We are trusted leaders in emergency fire and water restoration in Hawaii and Maui.

Aloha. SERVPRO® of Hawaii |SERVPRO® of Maui uses advanced technology to restore damaged properties to preloss condition more reliably, effectively, and quickly in Kihei. For example, our water damage restoration technicians use scientific drying principles and state-of-the-art moisture detection equipment to detect, measure and monitor a property’s moisture levels. Hygrometers are used to measure the extent of moisture saturation in the damaged area.

Moisture detection and measurement equipment

  • Infrared cameras may be used to identify the location of water for thorough water removal
  • Hygrometers and other meters measure moisture and the extent of moisture saturation

Water extraction equipment

  • Submersible and gas-powered pumps for continuous pumping of high-level water
  • Truck-mounted and portable extraction units perform efficient water removal

SERVPRO technicians follow the guidelines and best practices set forth by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) and are required to undergo initial rigorous and ongoing training to stay up-to-speed with technological advancements in the restoration industry.

Call Us Today!

When you experience a water or fire damage emergency in Kihei,  SERVPRO® of Hawaii |SERVPRO® of Maui is Here to Help. ® Our technicians are on call 24-hours a day and can typically be on-site within four hours of your call. Call us at 808-329-6560. We’ll clean and restore your property damage, “Like it never even happened.” Mahalo!

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Highly Trained Restoration Team in Hilo?

6/21/2021 (Permalink)

A training room is shown with rows of computers. We are trusted leaders in property damage restoration on Hawaii and Maui!

Hilo Customers Deserve the Best!

SERVPRO® of Hawaii |SERVPRO® of Maui’s technicians are required to undergo initial and ongoing continuous training and education to stay up-to-speed with industry best practices and technological advancements.

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

Our technicians are certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), the nonprofit certifying body for the cleaning and restoration industry. They are immersed in coursework on the topics of water restoration, fire restoration, mold remediation, carpet and upholstery cleaning, and other cleaning and restoration courses.

Employee Certification Training

This voluntary program is designed to allow SERVPRO franchise employees to work at their own pace to attain specialized training and certification in the following modules after completing the course materials and an examination:

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

Initial, e-Learnings, and Continuing Education Classes

After the 15-day intensive training, other training cover many restoration topics, including:

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

Web-based training gives our employees access to ongoing education and e-learning. It is a voluntary program that is designed to keep office staff and technicians up-to-speed on industry standards. This allows us to provide the service and support our residential and commercial business customers expect.

Call Us Today!

When you need property damage restoration services for your Hilo home or commercial business, SERVPRO® of Hawaii |SERVPRO® of Maui is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 808-329-6560. 

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Mold Damage in Kailua-Kona?

5/24/2021 (Permalink)

Mold is shown colonizing on a wall. We have twenty years of experience mitigating mold damage in Hawaii and Maui!

Interesting Mold Facts for Kailua-Kona

Did you know that mold can colonize in the warm, moist, Hawaiian climate in as little as forty-eight hours? SERVPRO® of Hawaii |SERVPRO® of Maui has been mitigating and remediating mold problems for the residents and business owners of Kailua-Kona for over twenty years. We know that in many cases, our fast response time has helped to prevent the spread of mold to other areas. Here are some facts about mold from our website:

  • 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
  • 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 forty-five percent

Call Us Today!

When you need help with a mold problem, SERVPRO® of Hawaii |SERVPRO® of Maui is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 808-329-6560. 

SERVPRO® of Hawaii |SERVPRO® of Maui is Independently Owned and Operated.

Happy Families in Hilo?

5/17/2021 (Permalink)

A happy family of four is shown smiling for the camera. Customer satisfaction is the key to our success in Hawaii!

Happy Hilo Customers

SERVPRO® of Hawaii |SERVPRO® of Maui has been providing emergency restoration services to Hilo families and businesses for over thirty years. Our high customer satisfaction and customer loyalty play a huge role in our success. Here are some recent customer reviews from Google Reviews:

“Mike did such an exceptional job he earned a nickname, “Make it right Mike”! I would highly recommend SERVPRO over any similar company on the island. The response time likely saved my house & sanity. Mahalo Nui Loa for help making highly stressful experience bearable.” Jacob Rohrer

“The crew Kelvin, Richard, Casey, and Damon. They were so nice to us and made sure we had nothing to worry about. The job they did was wonderful. We were worried about everything, and they made it all better than before our accident. I highly recommend this Company the general manager Mike was on top of everything. Very professional group.” Pam Bitner

“Casey and Calvin and Damon helped me feel very assured and comforted knowing everything will go back to how it was and that they are taking good care of me. They are knowledgeable and Answered all my questions and communicated in a way that was easy for a new homeowner to understand.” T S

Call Us Today!

SERVPRO® of Hawaii |SERVPRO® of Maui offers a full range of restoration services in Hilo to quickly and efficiently return your home to preloss condition. Call us today at 808-329-6560. 

SERVPRO® of Hawaii |SERVPRO® of Maui is Independently Owned and Operated.

Fast Disaster response Time in Kailua-Kona?

4/26/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technicians are completing work to a water-damaged hallway after a flood. We restore property damage quickly and efficiently in Hawaii and Maui.

Faster to Any Size Disaster in Kailua-Kona

At SERVPRO® of Hawaii |SERVPRO® of Maui, we know that every minute your commercial business is disrupted due to a fire or water damage emergency represents lost business and reduced productivity.

This picture shows our technicians leaving after the successful completion of a severely water-damaged hallway in an office complex. The photo was taken five days after the incident. We handled the cleanup saving the business owner valuable time and money.

Water can cause lots of damage in a short amount of time. Here is what water can do in the first 24 hours of exposure:

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

Call Us Today!

When your home or commercial business requires emergency restoration services, SERVPRO® of Hawaii |SERVPRO® of Maui has a team of highly trained restoration technicians on-call and ready to assist you 24-hours a day. Call us today at 808-329-6560. We’ll restore your property damage in Kailua-Kona, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Hawaii |SERVPRO® of Maui is Independently Owned and Operated.

Deep Cleaning Services in Waikoloa?

4/19/2021 (Permalink)

A dull tile floor is shown. We provide specialty deep cleaning and decontamination services in Hawaii and Maui.

Spring Cleaning in Waikoloa?

Spring is here, and it’s never been more important to deep clean and decontaminate homes and businesses. At SERVPRO® of Hawaii |SERVPRO® of Maui, we have over forty years of experience deep cleaning properties in Hawaii and Maui. Our technicians are trained and certified to provide a full range of cleaning services to professionally clean, sanitize, decontaminate and deodorize every part of your home or commercial business.

Tile and Hard Flooring

The over-the-counter cleaning products used to maintain floors can cause soil to accumulate over time and make your floors appear dull even when they are clean. Eventually professional cleaning will be required to remove the buildup. We use time-tested and industry-approved cleaning methods and use a proprietary cleaning system to properly restore floors to their original beauty.

SERVPRO Specialty Cleaning Services

Call Us Today!

When your home or commercial business requires deep cleaning services, SERVPRO® of Hawaii |SERVPRO® of Maui has a team of highly trained restoration technicians on-call and ready to assist you 24-hours a day. Call us today at 808-329-6560. We’ll deep clean and decontaminate your home or business in Waikoloa, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Hawaii |SERVPRO® of Maui is Independently Owned and Operated.

Sewage Spill Damage in Lahaina?

3/15/2021 (Permalink)

a shave ice store is shown on a corner in Lahaina on a sunny day.  We respond to sewage spills 24-hours a day in Maui.

Sewage Spills Can’t Wait

You can lose customers fast when there is a sewage or toilet backup at your business. SERVPRO® of Hawaii |SERVPRO® of Maui has been serving the community of Lahaina for over twenty years. Our restoration technicians are on-call 24-hours a day and are equipped with advanced training, protective gear, and specialized equipment to safely mitigate sewage backups and toilet overflows. When your commercial business has a sewage emergency, it is important to mitigate the damage quickly and get back to “business as usual” as soon as possible. Sewage spills fall under “category 3 water, or black water.”

Category 3: “Black Water”

This water is extremely unsanitary and can cause severe illness or death if ingested. Any contact should be avoided. Sources for category three water could include flooding from rivers or streams, water from beyond the toilet trap, water from the toilet bowl with feces, or standing water that has begun to support microbial growth.

  • May contain untreated sewage, harsh chemicals, and microbes
  • Water from flooding rivers or sewer backup

Call Us Today!

SERVPRO® of Hawaii |SERVPRO® of Maui is ready to assist you with any sewage and toilet overflow spills 24-hours a day in Maui. Call us today at 808-329-6560. We’ll restore your sewage and toilet overflow in Lahaina, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Hawaii |SERVPRO® of Maui is Independently Owned and Operated.

Mold Mitigation and Remediation Services in Kamuela?

2/15/2021 (Permalink)

The interior of a car is shown covered in mold. We mitigate and remediate mold damage in Hawaii and Maui.

Mold Happens

The warm, moist climate of Hawaii creates the perfect environment for mold to propagate. As you can see from this picture, it can grow anywhere, including inside a car’s interior! SERVPRO® of Hawaii |SERVPRO® of Maui has been mitigating mold damage in Kamuela for over twenty years. Our technicians are certified Applied Microbial Remediation Specialists and have the experience, protective gear, and equipment to mitigate and remediate mold infestations safely.

Mold spores are microscopic and float around in the Earth’s atmosphere until they find the right conditions to thrive. They are always present in the air, but we can only see them when they colonize and grow large enough to see with the naked eye. Here are some more mold facts from our website:

  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, 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!

When you discover mold growing in your home, car, or commercial business, SERVPRO® of Hawaii |SERVPRO® of Maui is ready to assist you. Call us today at 808-329-6560. We’ll mitigate and remediate your mold problem in Kamuela, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Hawaii |SERVPRO® of Maui is Independently Owned and Operated.

From Disaster to Normal in Maui

2/7/2021 (Permalink)

From disaster…

Time and again the professionals at SERVPRO of Hawaii | SERVPRO of Maui  have been on the front lines in post-catastrophe situations with their service being invaluable to adjusters and homeowners alike. From the mold created by catastrophic water leaks to soot and smoke removal after a house fire, we bring stability and efficiency to the job that only professionals can bring.

…to normal.

At the end of the day in Maui, you just want to turn the key, walk in the door, sit your things down, and sink into a soft chair to relax. You’ve just endured the trauma of some fire, water, or mold disaster and clean up and you don’t want to continue to be in the middle of a disaster area. We will strive to make your situation as painless as possible and when the job is complete  and you return to your normal way of living, it will have been our pleasure to have helped  make it “Like it never even happened.”  So, when or if you’re faced with any of the previously described problems, SERVPRO of Hawaii | SERVPRO of Maui encourages you to call so we can help you remediate the damage.

Who Should I Use for Restoration Purposes in Hawaii

2/6/2021 (Permalink)

Who should I use?

Emergency situations usually call for quick reaction. In cases where a home or business structure in Hawaii is being compromised by unhealthy and/or unsafe conditions, SERVPRO of Hawaii | SERVPRO of Maui is the-fast-response you need to get relief.  Chaotic situations can be handled or endured in an orderly fashion with professionals and the right tools applied. When you must choose your clean-up/restoration specialist, you are likely considering a few important things:

  • Convenient location
  • 24/7 availability
  • Professionalism
  • Efficiency
  • Honesty
  • Experience
  • Latest equipment

SERVPRO is the answer.

In a problematic and possibly chaotic situation, remember, we’re Here To Help. SERVPRO of Hawaii | SERVPRO of Maui are business owners, homeowners, and renters just like you so we understand the initial needs. Our promise to you is to provide the same quality and integrity based service that we, as your neighbor, may also need in the future.

SERVPRO of Hawaii | SERVPRO of Maui is Independently Owned and Operated.

Ease your Burden when Disaster Happens in Kona

2/2/2021 (Permalink)

When disaster strikes…

For many, your home in Kona represents a lifetime of hard work and a place where roots are important. It is where family gathers, and where your most endearing and important memories are made. When a disaster strikes; whether it be fire, storm, mold, or other water damage/flooding, it will likely be one of the most traumatic experiences of your life. When these things happen and stress is high call us. Our professionalism and rapid response time, as well as our nonintrusive clean up and exit should do much to ease the burden you are bearing. SERVPRO of Hawaii | SERVPRO of Maui really does want to help you carry the load.

…we’ll be there to ease your burden.

Sharing a load toSERVPRO of Hawaii | SERVPRO of Maui means our work makes your situation more bearable. Twenty-four hours a day/seven days a week we are on call with equipment that is up-to-date, and people who are professional and efficient. Our goal is to keep you moving forward with as little worry as possible in Kona.

SERVPRO of Hawaii | SERVPRO of Maui is Independently Owned and Operated.

Protect Your Home & Health by Getting a Mold Inspection

9/10/2020 (Permalink)

Here in Hawaii, mold is a part of life — being particularly common here due to our high humidity levels. If your property has any of the following conditions, arranging a mold inspection is most likely a good idea:

  • A damp or musty smell
  • Water stains
  • Discoloration
  • Growth appearing on the walls and ceilings
  • Leaking pipes, drains, or faucets
  • A rusty or damaged roof

None these issues are signs you should ignore. Ignoring mold growth could lead to both structural damage to your home as well as damage to your health, before you know it. 

SERVPRO of Hawaii/Maui offers 24-hour emergency mold remediation. Just as mold never takes a day off — being able to develop in as little as 48 hours after water damage — neither do our mold remediation technicians. As a trusted leader in the restoration industry, rely on your locally owned and operated professionals to eliminate mold, save your belongings, improve your air quality, and eliminate bad odors. Call us today to address your mold problem: (808) 329-6560.

What Is Mold?

Mold is everywhere — in your carpet, in the air, outside, in your vents, and on your clothes. Normally, it’s not much of a problem for us, serving a role in the world’s ecosystem, breaking down organic matter and recycling it into their base material; contributing to nature’s life cycle. Mold spores can become a problem in your home or office when there is moisture build-up. When exposed to water, mold reproduces rapidly and can create colonies that can have negative impacts on the structure of your home and health. Mold spores can trigger health effects for everyone on the property. Mold may be a particularly significant health risk for the elderly, children, and anyone with respiratory problems. 

Besides its health and structural risks, mold also can create very unpleasant odors. Since the average humidity levels in Hawaii are 63%, and mold tends to start to grow at humidity levels above 45%, it’s a good idea to keep humidity below 45% indoors, if possible. 

How to Address Your Mold Problem

You can reduce humidity levels in your home with a dehumidifier, but not everyone has such a luxury. When it comes to mold formation in your home, it’s best to rely on professional mold remediation experts to deal with the growth. Avoid touching or disturbing the mold, and don’t attempt to try the area yourself or spray it with any chemicals. All you should do is avoid the affected areas, turn off your HVAC systems and fans, and contact SERVPRO of Hawaii/Maui to come by for mold remediation services.

If you suspect your home has a mold problem, SERVPRO of Hawaii/Maui is here to help. Our locally owned mold remediation company has the experience, training, and equipment to comprehensively manage your mold problem. 

Call us at (808) 329-6560 to get started!

We are Cleaning Experts

3/16/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Hawaii, 808-329-6560

Efflorescence on Concrete – Causes, Prevention and Removal

3/2/2020 (Permalink)

concrete wall with white stains on it Efflorescence in concrete wall

Causes for Formation of Efflorescence in Concrete

The formation of efflorescence in concrete is factored by many external factors.

  1. Presence of salts in one of the materials of concrete. Commonly salts are found in the fine aggregate or sand taken from the river beds.
  2. If the concrete is not cured properly, the hydration process is incomplete on which the un-hydrated products near the surface form the efflorescence on the surface of concrete.
  3. Slow rate of evaporation of water allowing time for salts to permeate to the surface (this is why efflorescence tends to be more of a problem during the winter months; in summer, high temperatures may cause evaporation and hence depositing of salts within the concrete rather than on the surface)
  4. If the water content in the concrete mix is more, it makes the concrete porous. Thus allowing the path for water and salts to come to the surface and for efflorescence.
  5. In wet conditions such as rainy season, the surplus water acts as a medium for the salts to transport to the surface of concrete and form crystalline white powder.
  6. Variability of concrete (compaction or curing) can result in localized problems where water can permeate more easily through the concrete.

Prevention of Efflorescence in Concrete

The preventive methods that can be used to avoid efflorescence in concrete are,

  1. Inclusion of Class-F fly ash or metakaolin can lock up significant amounts of calcium hydroxide in the concrete.
  2. Installing vapor barrier to prevent the movement of moisture from the sub grade to the surface of a slab.
  3. Application of sealers and coatings can prevent surface water from penetrating slabs.
  4. Waterproofing agents to be used to reduce permeability of concrete.
  5. Making the concrete denser will reduce the permeability of concrete to a greater extent.
  6. Preventing the  hardened concrete from exposure to moisture by maintaining surface sealers and site drainage, and from rising groundwater by placing a plastic membrane under slabs.
  7. Avoiding the concrete from premature drying.
  8. Use of concrete ingredient such as aggregate, cement and sand which contains very less amount of salts in it.

Removal of Efflorescence in Concrete

Before removal of efflorescence in concrete, the source for the cause for the efflorescence must be found out and tried to mitigate it. Further the removal of efflorescence can be done in 3 methods,

1. Pressurized Water

Efflorescence in the concrete can be removed using the pressurized water jet. Applying pressurized water may dissolve efflorescence quickly. But care must be taken that the water after  removing of efflorescence is completely dried off. If not dried, the same water can cause efflorescence to reappear.

2. Brushing

Some type of efflorescence that are easily removable can be easily removed using a stiff?bristle broom or brush. If the result is not satisfactory by dry brushing, scrub with clean water then lightly rinse the surface.

3. Dilute Acid Solution

Concentrated acid  is not recommended to be applied on concrete, diluted proportion of 1:20 is used. the surface in which the acid is applied must be moist but without any free water. The applied solution should be allowed to react on the concrete surface for 10 to 15 minutes. The surface should then be thoroughly rinsed and scrubbed with lots of clean water. Repeat rinsing at least twice or until all traces of the acid solution have been removed.

Applying of Coating to Prevent Efflorescence in Concrete

Clear water repellents, silicone and acrylic coatings also may help you remove efflorescence as well. The coating will absorb water across a masonry surface and prevent efflorescence from recurring. Plus, the combination of warm water and white wine vinegar has been shown to eliminate efflorescence.

Why Choose a SERVPRO Professional?

2/28/2020 (Permalink)

We understand you have the choice in deciding which restoration company you want when disaster strikes. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. SERVPRO of Hawaii responds immediately and uses advanced equipment and techniques to remove the water quickly. We closely monitor and document the drying process to verify your property is dried properly and thoroughly.

We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster

SERVPRO of Hawaii is dedicated to responding immediately to water emergencies. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces cost.

We're Highly Trained Water Damage Specialists

SERVPRO specializes in water damage restoration, the cornerstone of our business. We have extensive water damage restoration training with an emphasis on monitoring and documenting the drying process until completion.

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We Use Advanced Water Restoration Equipment and Techniques

Our advanced equipment helps to detect hidden moisture, extract the standing water quickly, and thoroughly clean and dry your home and belongings. We finish the job with professional deodorization and sanitizing agents for your comfort and safety.

When disaster strikes your home or business, get the professionals. Call SERVPRO of Hawaii 808-329-6560 today. 

SERVPRO Magic

2/24/2020 (Permalink)

We have been told by many of our clients that the work we do is like “magic.”  Everything is wet and then magically it’s dry and restored to its preloss glory. Much to our own disappointment, the team SERVPRO of Hawaii aren’t magicians and we don’t have a bright green magic wand. Our highly trained technicians are actually experts in the “science of drying." Drying is a complicated process that requires a working knowledge of psychrometry in order to fully dry a structure.  A psychrometer is a tool used to measure the humidity within the atmosphere. Water can damage structures through both direct contact and by being absorbed through moisture in the air. It is critical that the moisture content of the air be monitored to ensure the effectiveness of the drying methods being utilized. At SERVPRO of Hawaii, our team members have undergone rigorous training to become experts in the “science of drying.” Although we may not be magicians, we can work magic with technology and knowledge at our fingertips. If you experience a water damage, call the experts at SERVPRO of Hawaii to make it "Like it never even happened."

Why SERVPRO®? Deeply Invested in You, Your Family, Your Business, Your Community

2/23/2020 (Permalink)

When you need a leading franchisor of residential and commercial property damage restoration services, you need and want the best. So, why SERVPRO®? We’re deeply invested in you, your family, your business, your community. And that’s exactly who and what SERVPRO of Hawaii.

Speaking of deeply invested, Blackstone is deeply invested in SERVPRO®. On March 26, 2019, according to SERVPRO’s blog post, “SERVPRO® and Blackstone (NYSE:BX) announced that private equity funds managed by Blackstone (“Blackstone”) have recapitalized SERVPRO®, a leading franchisor of residential and commercial property damage restoration services. Blackstone is acquiring a majority stake in SERVPRO® as part of Blackstone’s Core Private Equity strategy, which is designed to hold investments for much longer periods of time than traditional private equity.” This is just one other reason “why SERVPRO®.” If Blackstone, the world's leading investment firms, a multi-billion dollar investment company, strategically chose to invest in SERVPRO®, why wouldn’t you?! This speaks volumes. In fact, Peter Wallace, Senior Managing Director at Blackstone, said, “We are excited to make this investment …”

SERVPRO® of Hawaii is continually investing and reinvesting our resources so we can better serve our customers, to fulfill our vision of becoming the premier cleaning and restoration company, which affords us the opportunity to be there for you, for your family, for your business, for your community in your time of need. We are constantly making strategic decisions and moves for our continued success, future growth. It’s all about growth. David Kestnbaum, Managing Director at Blackstone, said, “SERVPRO® is a high-quality company with a strong management team and great long-term prospects. We look forward to working with SERVPRO® and its franchisees to help fuel the business’ next phase of growth.” We are humbled and blessed for this strategic partnership with Blackstone.

The next time your home or business needs property damage restoration services, give us the opportunity to best serve you, your family, your business, your community, so you can tell us your why. Your next fire damage, water damage, mold damage, storm damage … we’ll make it "Like it never even happened."® Why SERVPRO®? Because we are deeply invested in you, your family, your business, your community. Will you give us your next restoration job? Call 808-329-6560 to do so. We thank you in advance.  

Why SERVPRO? Because We Care!

2/23/2020 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO, our number one priority is to make our customers happy. It may sound like the impossible task; after all, we are arriving on the scene when circumstances for our customers are devastating. A fire in their home, a busted pipe which has caused water damage in their kitchen, mold in their office building. These are difficult situations emotionally which is all the more reason for our employees to be sensitive to what our customers are dealing with. Many times, depending upon the damage we are mitigating, we could spend days, weeks, or even months in customer’s home or office. We get to know our clients one on one. We get to meet their children. We get to hear about their families. We know their pets’ names. We know where they leave the key in case they are not there. We get to know them by carefully handling all of their cherished possessions, sometimes cleaning them and packing them away until their homes are restored. At the end of the day, we are just people helping people.  That’s what it’s all about. Sometimes that means stopping what we are doing and having a cup of coffee or dinner with our customers if they ask. Sometimes it means taking out the family pet. Our salesperson recently captured a beautiful picture of one of our employees enjoying a meal with our customers in their home after she had spent hours helping them recover from a fire loss.

What a beautiful thing to see! Why SERVPRO?? Because we care about our customers...And they know it! Let us be the one you call when your life gets flipped upside down.

Call SERVPRO of Hawaii 808-329-6560

Why SERVPRO?

2/23/2020 (Permalink)

The Importance of Fast Extraction of Mold!

Home and business owners place a lot of their faith in their buildings when they place the orders to supply their shops with items and goods. While you might have made the substantial initial investment a long time ago, every item that you have for sale within the shop represents part of that financial arrangement that you have with your supplier to make good on your end of the agreement. When water loss incidents occur within the home or property, you need to act immediately to protect this investment from irreparable damage. Our professionals are readily available to help!

While you cannot predict when you might need water or mold removal, the faster that you can secure this service, contain and appropriately clean the area, the less of the items and stock throughout your home or property that can become directly impacted. Our SERVPRO professionals can work quickly to offer effective mitigation solutions including fast extraction when you need it the most.

When we first come into your building, part of our team works to set up the extraction equipment required to begin removal and restoration efforts while another portion of our crew can work to remove at-risk contents from the affected area. Without a widespread situation, much of these moved items can get stored in a different area of your store unless they require focused drying and cleaning attention.

Our SERVPRO technicians on site determine the best equipment for the severity of the water damage, ranging from mobile wet-vac units with extraction wands to gas-powered trash pumps and our extractor truck. With effective removal of excess water, our team can get to work on thoroughly drying the damaged area and protecting your building from potential secondary damages. 

While there are many concerns when your home or property suffers a water loss incident, the investment that you have made and contents of the property is our upmost priority for our SERVPRO of Hawaii teams, as well. We have efficient extraction and drying equipment to get your doors back open quickly. Give us a call anytime disaster strikes at (808) 329-6560.

How to prevent mold tips

2/10/2020 (Permalink)

Mold can be very irritating, those that are allergic or sensitive will have most severe reactions to it. Financially it is a costly problem to eradicate, as well. Mold is also everywhere (to some extent), it is most obviously present in Brie cheese but lets keep it just in there. Mold requires only moisture to grow, with that in mind, most prevention will focus on minimizing the presence of humidity inside. Ideally, we want to keep the humidity below 60%, some states are much drier but here in Hawaii the humidity is always above 50% making perfect conditions for mold to grow. Things to pay attention: most importantly, leaks need to be mitigated and all areas kept dry at all times. Anywhere you can spot a wet area, condensation on the bathroom ceiling or a window, the source of that needs to be tracked and eliminated. All areas of the house need to be ventilated frequently and checked for leaks and moisture needs to be dried. We also need to make sure that outside of the home has minimal water presence, check gutters, all standing water need to be directed away from the house. Those few steps are basic tips to prevent mold, especially here in our local Hawaiian climate where they need to be addressed regularly. If mold will grow regardless of your efforts, we are happy to help here at SERVPRO of Hawaii.