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Financially Planning for Emergency Disasters

9/17/2021 (Permalink)

Graphic with the words "National Preparedness Month - its never to early to prepare" Make sure your family is ready by getting financially prepared

For the third theme of National Preparedness Month in 2021, the focus is on getting financially prepared for an emergency disaster. Ready.Gov highlights some ways that homeowners can get prepared at either no cost or a low cost. In addition to the resources listed on Ready.Gov, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offers a plethora of resources that can be shipped directly to your home.

At SERVPRO of Farmington and Farmington Hills, we are able to work directly with your insurance company to ease the stress during emergency disasters. It’s important that homeowners make sure they are adequately covered for emergencies that the region is prone to. For example, if your home is in a flood zone, flood insurance should be a priority. Likewise, if your home is in an area where wildfires are prevalent, insurance for wildfires is a must. The Red Cross has an interactive map that shows common disasters across the United States by region and what you should be prepared for.

To get started, here are a few tips you should consider in order to get financially prepared for an emergency disaster:

  1. Gather financial, medical, personal, and household information and keep them in an accessible safe space.
  1. Keep small amounts of cash in your home for items such as food, gas, or other supplies in the event that you cannot get to an ATM. In addition, consider opening a savings account and saving up money for potential disasters.
  1. Keep on top of your homeowners or renters, health, and life insurance. Consider purchasing flood insurance from the national flood insurance program as well as reviewing your policy to make sure you’re adequately covered.

For more information, click on any of the links in this blog or contact us at (248) 427-1500. 

National Preparedness Month - Building an Emergency Kit

9/15/2021 (Permalink)

Servpro graphic with the words "be prepared, build a kit" National Preparedness Month 2021 - Phase 2

Being prepared for a disaster means having a kit accessible in your home or business. An emergency kit should include basic items that will keep you and your family safe in the event of an emergency situation. In this blog, you’ll find some useful suggestions that you can include in your kit. A comprehensive list of suggestions is available on Ready.Gov as well as additional resources on being prepared for disasters. Keep in mind that one new item that has been added to the list this year are masks.  

What to include:

  • Water
  • Food
    • Pet food, formula, medications, utensils, etc.
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Flashlight
    • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Radio and cell phone with backup batteries
  • First aid kit
    • Masks
    • Garbage bags, wipes for sanitation, etc.
  • Pliers for turning off utilities
  • Whistle
  • Local maps
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape for sheltering in place

How to maintain your kit:

  • Store in a cool and dry place
  • Keep the kit in a tightly sealed metal or plastic container
  • Update regularly with your family’s needs
  • Replace foods and or medications when expired

Where to store your kit:

  • In your home
  • At your place of work
  • In your car

For more ideas of what items to include in your kit, head to Ready.Gov where you can explore a list of personalized items for you and your family such as prescription glasses, feminine supplies, activities for children, etc.

Make sure to stay updated on our blogs to come for the third and fourth theme of National Preparedness Month 2021

September is National Preparedness Month!

9/9/2021 (Permalink)

Green graphic with the words: National Preparedness Month SERVPRO National Preparedness Month 2021

It’s time to review and renew your strategies for when disasters strike. Whether you’re a business owner or a homeowner, it’s important to make sure you have a plan in place in case of emergencies. Our crew at SERVPRO of Farmington and Farmington Hills wants to help educate and prepare you to make the best decisions for your family and employees. This year for national preparedness month, Ready.Gov highlights 4 main themes. The first theme this month is Make a Plan.

Ready.Gov has a list of possible disasters and emergencies that might have never crossed your mind such as household chemical emergencies. Check out https://www.ready.gov/september to see the full list to see which emergencies and disasters could possibly affect your area.

There are three steps to consider while making a plan: 

  1. Discuss important questions with your family or employees such as:
  • Where will I shelter?
  • Where is my local evacuation route?
  • Is my emergency preparedness kit updated?
  1. Consider specific needs in your household
  • Every family has different needs. This means that you should account for pets, children, the elderly, disabilities, cultural/language barriers, and dietary needs in your emergency plan.
  1. Fill out a family emergency plan by clicking on this link: https://www.ready.gov/plan
  1. Practice your plan with your family or employees.

SERVPRO of Farmington and Farmington Hills is here for you 24/7, 365 days a year when disaster strikes. Call us today to see how we can further help you and your employees or family with getting and staying prepared.

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Sump pump back up? We can help!

8/26/2021 (Permalink)

Shower with tile flooring surrounding with water damage due to a sump pump failure Sump pump water damage

We are always Here to Help!

SERVPRO of Farmington & Farmington Hills is available 24/7.  We are a 24-hour emergency service company.  When you have water damage, whether it is on a holiday or the middle of the night, we have Professional Technicians that are ready to help you clean up the mess. 

Our IICRC Certified Technicians will walk you through your loss, helping you understand the claims process and how to help you dry out your water damage. Then we can begin services to remove the water and affected contents. We will then use air movers and dehumidifiers to remove the remaining water. Finally, we will clean and sanitize restorable items and structures that were damaged by the water.

If you need help or want to know more about the water damage process, we can answer your questions. Call SERVPRO of Farmington & Farmington Hills (248) 427-1500

Heavy Rains in Metro Detroit Cause Basements to Flood

8/25/2021 (Permalink)

Areal view of houses in a flooded area Houses in a flooded Metro Detroit neighborhood

The SERVPRO of Farmington and Farmington Hills team works hard to clean up basements after a large amount of rain fell in the Oakland and Wayne County area. Unfortunately, we cannot control the rains and the sewers became overwhelmed causing contaminated groundwater into basements, crawl spaces, and foundations.  Having a professional assessment from a reputable flood recovery company is always recommended.

Calling SERVPRO of Farmington and Farmington Hills after a flood will increase the chances of a safe cleanup. The SERVPRO crews are ready to remove the contaminated water and dry out your home. If the water is left standing in your home, you could increase the risk for Mold.  It can take as little as 48 -72 hours for mold to grow and be visible.

Whether you are filing an insurance claim, or you are paying directly out of pocket, SERVPRO of Farmington and Farmington Hills can walk you through the job process and provide an estimate with industry-standard pricing for all the work that needs to be performed to clean up the water.

Call us at (248) 427-1500 we are here to help!

Accidents Happen - Fire Damage Repair and Restoration

8/17/2021 (Permalink)

Fire extinguisher dust and soot damage throughout a home Homeowner in Livonia is in need of professional cleaning after shop vacuum spreads soot throughout the home.

SERVPRO of Farmington & Farmington Hills takes on the challenge of removing Soot from all surfaces in a Livonia home.

The homeowner was using a shop vacuum to clean up the soot in the fireplace not realizing that the filter for the shop vacuum was not attached.  With the amount of soot spread throughout the home, she knew she would not be able to clean up the home on her own. She knew that hiring a Professional soot damage restoration company that has experience is the best approach.

We use specialized equipment, chemicals, and techniques to remove soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces. In areas of the home with severe damage, we use multiple techniques to restore the home.  Crews hepa vacuum all surfaces to remove soot, dry sponges to wipe surfaces that could not be wet washed, and the carpeting was steam cleaned.   

Our Restore vs. Replace Mentality

We clean and restore your property using specialized equipment and cleaning techniques. Our “restore first” mentality reduces interruption and gets you back to your life.

If you need Fire Damage Repair and Restoration your call us at (248) 427-1500

Keep Your Business Clean and Sanitized

8/13/2021 (Permalink)

Servpro technicians sanitizing an office space We're Here to Help

Safe and healthy work environment

Keeping a clean workspace can help with the spread of germs and harmful bacteria. A professional cleaning company can clean and disinfect the areas that are often overlooked.

Growing your business

If you or your employees are having to clean the workspace, that is less time they have to do their jobs.  A professional cleaning company can come in either during or after business hours, so you can focus on the growth of your business.

Professional Image

Whether you have customers, guests, or just your own employees in your workspace, having a cluttered and or dirty building can affect the way others perceive you. A professional cleaning company can improve your professional image and clean atmosphere.

High Standard of Cleaning

Create a relationship with a cleaning company that has the experience to get the job done. At SERVPRO of Farmington & Farmington Hills, we pride ourselves on reliable, quality work.

Our team can perform maintenance cleaning such as emptying trash, cleaning bathrooms, dusting, mopping floors, and vacuuming. SERVPRO of Farmington & Farmington can also perform additional services such as deep cleaning and specialty cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitizing services. 

Call to schedule your consultation with SERVPRO of Farmington & Farmington Hills at (248) 427-1500

Flooded Basement?

8/12/2021 (Permalink)

Soaked carpet and furniture from heavy rain in basement Heavy rainfall in Metro Detroit causes this basement to flood. Carpet and furniture got wet and had to be dried

As any Michigander knows, springtime means heavy rainfall for us. The April showers may bring May flowers and nice weather; however, it can also flood basements for a lot of homeowners. Most homeowners who have experienced or are prone to flooding in their basement may take some cautionary steps like waterproofing, gutter maintenance, proper landscaping, inspecting and repairing foundation cracks, sump pump maintenance, and even installing window well covers, however, heavy rainfall can cause your basement to flood despite all of it. 

Basements can flood at any time, but primarily after winter moving into spring when we have a lot of rain combined with the ground thawing. Flooding can occur by seepage or flow through the walls or foundation floor, from surface water sources, or by a sanitary or storm sewer backup.

Most homeowner’s first reaction when their basement floods is to panic and start trying to clean it up themselves, granted if it’s a tiny bit in a small area you may be able to, but typically the problem is too large for you to handle. That is where our water-certified SERVPRO of Farmington & Farmington Hills technicians come in. We are a 24-hour Emergency Service that can effectively work with you and your insurance company to extract the water, dry out the structure, demo any damaged materials such as wet walls and flooring, as well as assess and potentially restore any contents you may have in your basement.

Call us at (248) 427-1500!

Supply Line Water Damage

8/11/2021 (Permalink)

Our Contents Technician picking up the packing paper after putting back all the items into the living room The final unpacking process after a pack out to get this Bloomfield Hills Home back to normal

SERVPRO of Farmington & Farmington Hills helped Pack Out a Condo after a broken pipe destroyed their main level and finished basement. The homeowners were out of town when the Supply line from the second-story lavatory broke. 

SERVPRO of Farmington & Farmington Hills inventoried the items, prepared them for moving, and stored them until the home could be renovated from the water damage. Our team is organized and efficient in moving out your belongings from the area that is affected by water damage. After the contents were packed out, our Certified IICRC Technicians were able to come in and remove wet walls and flooring and then place Fans, Dehumidifiers other specialized drying equipment.

Our Immediate Response helps complete the job quickly and close your Claim faster which in turn will save you time and Money.

Our Contents department can provide:

Emergency Inventory

Pre-Loss Inventory

Complete Inventory of Total Loss Items and Restorable Items

The Accuracy of Contents Inventory results in Complete Replacement Lists

Moving Contents

Cleaning of furniture and belongings

Storage of Contents

We pride ourselves in Restoration vs Replacement Cost Analysis on every item! We use a photo inventory system to ensure a detailed itemization.

Our team is organized and efficient in moving out your belongings from the area that is affected by water damage. If you are looking for a Company to help you with your moving needs, Call SERVPRO of Farmington & Farmington Hills (248) 427-1500.

What to do After a Fire Destroys Your Home

7/19/2021 (Permalink)

Fire technician cleaning soot up in building After Fire Destroys a home in Grosse Pointe, crews clean up the mess

SERVPRO of Farmington & Farmington Hills responds to a home in Grosse Pointe after a dryer catches on fire in a finished basement.  The fire was so intense, it destroyed the entire home.  Crews tarped the roof and backside of the house to prevent further damage, installed temporary lighting, and then began the process of restoration.

Who can you trust to provide dependable services and information? Trust SERVPRO of Farmington & Farmington Hills to help you make it "Like it never even happened."

Every fire damage event is a little different and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage emergency.

Step 1: Emergency Contact

The restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will ask questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us respond immediately with the appropriate equipment and resources. 

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

We carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action. 

Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service

Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, we can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs. 

Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)

The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. We then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process. 

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

We use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces. 

Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing

We clean, sanitize, and disinfect all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. We’re also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.

Step 7: Restoration

Restoration is the final step—getting your home or business to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

Our technicians respond quickly, providing a full line of cleaning and mitigation services to help ensure a 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. 

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
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