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How to Properly Remove Soot

3/22/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How to Properly Remove Soot Technician Chem Sponging

Whether you operate a single facility or hundreds of commercial properties nationwide, a fire damage requires prompt action to reduce losses and costly down time. Who can you trust to provide dependable services and information? 

Soot Removal. Our technicians are highly trained and certified in smoke and soot removal. Pictured is our Fire Damage Supervisor using a special sponge designed to pull smoke and soot off surfaces. This is the dry cleaning portion of removal. Next, depending on the surface (paint/wood/fabric type) we would wet clean the surface using SERVPRO grade chemicals. For the rest of the space odor removal and air purification systems would be put in place. 

Our technicians respond quickly, providing a full line of cleaning and mitigation services to help ensure faster recovery. We utilize technology designed specifically to provide you and your insurance company with quick. dependable information necessary to make more informed decisions faster, saving both time and money. 

We make your fire damage "Like it never even happened." 

What Happens to All My Things After a Flood?

3/21/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage What Happens to All My Things After a Flood? "Like it never even happened."

A water damage to your home or business is nothing short of a catastrophe and a headache, but that's why SERVPRO is here to help. You may be wondering what happens to all your damaged items and what to do with the things that are dry...well that is what we like to call a Pack-out. 

Our technicians are highly trained and certified to take care of your most sentimental items to the junk drawer that you dread cleaning out. Here is a short run-down of the pack-out process...

In the first steps of the pack-out, in conjunction with your insurance, we will assess your affected and non-affected contents to help give us a better idea of what we will be disposing of and what we will be packing up to either clean or store. Once we have a scope of work, we can provide an estimate to you and your insurance company and begin to go through your contents. We use a specialized software to take photo inventory of each individual item we pack in which a list is submitted to you and your insurance company. Upon leaving your home or business, your contents will be stored in a climate controlled facility. We update you every step of the way to ensure a quick and easy process. 

We make your water damage "Like it never even happened." 

It May Not Look Like Much, but the Clean-Up Can Be Way Over Your Head

3/21/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage It May Not Look Like Much, but the Clean-Up Can Be Way Over Your Head SERVPRO Water Damage

A mop and common household cleaning products may not be enough for black water intrusions. SERVPRO of Farmington and Farmington Hills technicians are trained to safely clean and restore your customers home, utilizing the following procedures: 

-Identify the Source/Type of Water

-Measure Temperature and Humidity for Drying Analysis

-Survey the Extent of Damage and Inspect the Premises

-Perform Emergency Water Extraction

-Move and Block Furniture

-Provide Floor Service

-Inspect Carpet pad/Carpet and Provide Service

-Apply Necessary Treatments (Disinfectants/Deodorization) 

-Utilize Drying Equipment and Monitor Drying 

-Dispose of Debris 

Emergency Mitigation means that under normal circumstances, SERVPRO technicians are on-site within four hours to begin drying and decontaminating your customers home and restorable contents. 

Abiding by OSHA guidelines and all applicable health regulations, SERVPRO technicians remove moisture, sewage, and contaminants, disinfecting and deodorizing as they safely clean your customers home and restorable belongings. 

We make it "Like it never even happened." 

From the Ordinary to the Unhealthy

3/21/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation From the Ordinary to the Unhealthy Mold Remediation

Many people call on SERVPRO everyday with a mold growth issue that they have no idea what to do with. Luckily, we are here to help and give you some insight on the types of mold you may be dealing with in your home or business. 

Ordinary. Fungi and mold naturally occur in our environment. In fact, over 100,000 kinds of fungi have been identified. Fungi produce some very useful results such as: Yeast for baking, mushrooms for cooking, and penicillin for curing disease. Even though some forms of mold can add value to our lives, other forms can be harmful. Excessive amounts of mold, different types of mold, and exposure to mold may present health concerns for some people. 

Unhealthy. Intrusion of water into your home or place of business can result in mold growth. When water intrusions are not addressed right away, the resulting damage can present increased risk of harmful mold growth. If the humidity and moisture levels in a water-damaged environment are not promptly returned to normal, mold spores may grow and multiply. Excessive mold growth can lead to indoor environmental conditions that pose a health threat. 

Mold and Health Risks

3/21/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold and Health Risks Mold Remediation

We at SERVPRO deal with customers that have mold issues every day and the health concerns that come along with it. We are here to help! 

Health concerns may arise when excessive mold grows indoors. Concerns are more likely to arise for "at risk" people, which might include immune suppressed or compromised individuals, young children and individuals with chronic inflammatory lung diseases such as asthma and severe allergies. However, anyone may experience health problems associated with exposure to mold in damp buildings. Possible health effects include: runny nose, sneezing, coughing, aggravation of asthma, sore throat or inflammation of the sinuses. People most at risk include:

-Infants and children

-Pregnant women

-The elderly

-People with compromised respiratory systems or asthma and allergies

-People with weakened immune system

If you think you have a mold problem, call (248) 427-1500. A SERVPRPO technician trained in mold remediation will examine the structure for any visible signs of mold. In the event mold is found, you will be asked to approve and sign a work authorization form prior to any mold cleanup or related work being performed.The technician may also recommend you leave the affected area while the mold cleanup and associated containment process is being safely completed.  

Confused About Mold - Leave It to the Professionals

3/21/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Confused About Mold - Leave It to the Professionals Mold Remediation

If our SERVPRO technicians find more than 10 sq foot of mold in your home or business we will call in an Indoor Air Quality/Environmental Professional to assess the mold and give us a scope of work for your space.

Indoor Air Quality/Environmental Professionals evaluate the quality of the air inside a structure. Some specialize and are skilled in testing buildings for the presence of molds. Using various testing devices, these professionals collect air and surface samples to compare the indoor mold spore count to the outdoor environment. If you have concerns about mold, SERVPRO of Farmington and Farmington Hills can assist you in locating a qualified Indoor Air Quality/Environmental Professional. 

Our technicians care about proper restoration of your structure. In most water damage situations excessive mold growth is not a problem and we can safely restore your building to pre loss condition. 

We make your damage "Like it never even happened." 

It's That Time of Year Again, Spring Cleaning!

2/27/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning It's That Time of Year Again, Spring Cleaning! Technicians performing a carpet clean

Here in Michigan the winter season seems to be wrapping up, which means most homeowners will be grabbing their chemicals and rubber gloves! Keep in my mind that SERVPRO of Farmington & Farmington Hills provides services such as: 

-Air Duct and HVAC Cleaning

-Carpet and Hard Floor Cleaning and Care

-Stain Removal, Stain Resistance Applications

-Odor Identification and Deodorization

-Upholstery and Drapes: Wet or Dry Cleaning Methods

We go above and beyond when deep cleaning your home or business! Not only are we able to remove more than everyday wear and tear on your surfaces, but when we clean we look for things such as mold damage in your home, either by seeing it or detecting a smell. We could help you tackle a small problem that could have cost you a lot of money and frustration in the future. 

Call SERVPRO of Farmington & Farmington Hills for all of your spring cleaning needs this year! We make it "Like It Never Even Happened." 


Saving Memories

2/2/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Saving Memories Portion of the photos we were able to save for a customer

In the event of a water damage, are your irreplaceable memories and sentimental items safe? 

When calling SERVPRO of Farmington in the event of a water damage, many of our customers don't think about the boxes of photos they have somewhere in the basement, or their wedding album, sitting on the shelf... It is our job to help you when those things become compromised. 

We go above and beyond to try and save absolutely everything with sentimental value, especially photos. When packing out your wet items, we place photo albums, loose pictures, and photos in picture frames into boxes that are to be immediately processed upon arrival to our warehouse. Our contents department then begins carefully separating every photo and laying them out to dry in a drying chamber. we understand how important friends and family photos are, so we treat them as if they were ours.

TIP: Keep loose photos and photo albums in sealed plastic containers to prevent any damage in the event of a water loss.  

Biohazard Cleanup

1/5/2017 (Permalink)

Recognized as a leading fire and water cleanup restoration provider by hundreds of insurance companies nationwide, SERVPRO of Farmington and Farmington Hills offers fast, reliable biohazard and crime scene cleanup and restoration services to residential and commercial property owners. 

Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences for building occupants, employees, customers and owners. A failure to properly handle and safely remove such hazardous substances can contribute to unhealthy and even dangerous environments. 

SERVPRO of Farmington and Farmington Hills technicians are trained to safely and effectively remove biohazardous substances and prepare waste for proper disposal according to OSHA, EPA and state and local health regulations. Equipped with the necessary safety equipment and cleaning products, we help turn unsafe environments into clean, safe homes and offices. 

SERVPRO of Farmingoton and Farmington Hills can help with: 

-Blood Borne Pathogens 

-Methamphetamine Labs

-Crime Scene Residues 



-Sewage Backups

-Black Water Intrusions

-Mold Mitigation and Remediation 

Got Mold?

12/27/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Got Mold? Mold in Residential Property

Now that Michigan is in full fledged winter, undetected water damages can easily cause a mold issue in your home or business. This water damage in Oak Park, MI was the result of water damage that was unresolved.

SERVPRO Franchise Preofessionals handle water damages every day and know prompt action is required to prevent mold growth. Mold is more likely to spread when an environment has been subject to moisture for a long period of time. If your property has sustained a recent water damage, it is vital to remove excess water and dry the structure promptly.

If there is an ongoing moisture problem in the building, it is important to be on the alert for: 

-The presence of visible mold

-Strong musty odors which may indicate mold is present 

-Any evidence of past moisture problems that might have caused undetected mold growth

-Excessive humidity

If you think you might have a problem call the SERVPRO Professionals at SERVPRO of Rochester to come to your rescue.