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Flooded Basement?

3/21/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Flooded 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, spring time 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 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!

How to Handle a Roof Leak?

3/15/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO How to Handle a Roof Leak? Roof leak caused damage to drywall ceiling in Waterford, Michigan

During the rainy season in Michigan two of the worst words a home or business owner can hear are ‘roof leak.’ With spring fast approaching there a few tips we would like to share with you about identifying the source area in the beginning, all the way to the leak potentially becoming an emergency.

First things first, here are a few of the many places water typically comes through your roof:

  1. Worn, broken or missing shingles
  2. Where nails have worked loose
  3. Corroded or poorly sealed roof flashing around vents, skylights, or chimneys
  4. Along the intersections of roof planes

Along with being a major inconvenience, a roof leak can cause serious problems for business and homeowners. They can ruin insulation, become a home for black mold to spread, damage interior ceilings and walls, rot the wooden framing, and above all – ruin your belongings.

Here are a few things to check up on that will cause your roof to leak:

  1. The age of your roof
  2. Brick chimneys
  3. Flashing
  4. Missing shingles
  5. Vent Boot/Pipe flashing
  6. Holes
  7. Complex roof architecture
  8. Clogged gutters
  9. Skylights
  10. Shiners/missing nail

A roof leak during a storm can become a major emergency, especially in a rainy Michigan spring. However, after the storm is a whole other ballgame and that is where we, SERVPRO of Farmington & Farmington Hills, come in. If water has affected the structure or contents of your home due to a leaky roof, we can work with you and your insurance company to clean up the mess as well assess and potentially restore your home as quickly as possible.

Call us at (248) 427-1500!

How to Get Rid of a Bad Smell in Your Car

3/15/2019 (Permalink)

A bad odor in your car can become extremely bothersome because more than likely you drive your car every single day. There are endless causes for a bad smell in your car, however, when getting rid of the odor there are less possibilities.

Common suggestions for getting rid of an odor in your car are to vacuum the upholstery, sprinkling baking soda on the are where the smell seems to be coming from, leaving a chunk of charcoal in there for a few days, or using a natural deodorizer. If none of those take care of the odor, that is when you need to call in a professional cleaning company like us and let our SERVPRO of Farmington and Farmington Hills technicians take care of your vehicle.

We use specific machinery and chemicals to safely and effectively remove odors after identifying the source. We have many methods of deodorizing a space including ozone machines, chemical solvents, and even as far as professional upholstery and carpet cleaning.

If you have an odor in your home, business, or vehicle call us at (248) 427-1500

Winter Threats to Your Farmington Hills, Michigan Home

1/15/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Winter Threats to Your Farmington Hills, Michigan Home Extensive water damage from frozen pipes to a home in Farmington Hills, Michigan.

The sudden drops in temperature that occur during the winter months in the Metro Detroit area can present many hazards and potential concerns for your property. 

While many of the homeowners throughout Michigan are familiar with the damage freezing temperatures can do, situations continue to occur every year such as frozen water pipes bursting. SERVPRO of Farmington and Farmington Hills is professionally trained and certified to clean up the water damages where the plumbing or structural integrity has become compromised by the harsh winter conditions. 

Of the multiple negative effects freezing temperatures could have on your Farmington Hills residence, the primary concern is frozen pipes. Many scenarios could allow for your indoor plumbing or outdoor service line leading to the main water supply line for the street to become adversely affected by the elements and steep drops in temperature. Understanding how this situation could occur can help you remain mindful of the possibility throughout the colder months. 

Poorly insulated pipes are a common culprit to this situation, our SERVPRO professionals discover during their initial inspection of a water damaged property. Once water within a pipe freezes, the flow gets blocked to the fixtures and ceases to flow. The trapped water dammed by the freezing builds pressure until the pipe bursts as a result. Once this occurs, it can often be a high volume of water released into the wall cavities of your home, into your basement or crawlspace, or wherever plumbing could have gotten installed. The rapid spreading of pressurized water can be devastating.

When our SERVPRO team of professionals arrives on the scene, we can utilize leak detection and moisture detection equipment to determine where our mitigation work should begin to repair the damaged pipe and remove affected drywall and other construction materials too saturated to preserve. A plumber may be needed to fix the pipe system damage.

Frozen pipes continue to be a severe concern for the Metro Detroit area homeowners throughout the winter months. Poor insulation or exposed pipes remain susceptible to these falling temperatures, and if you have a line break, you can count on our SERVPRO of Farmington and Farmington Hills rapid response team to help clean up the mess and dry out the damage. Give us a call anytime that you need us at (248) 427-1500.

Faster to Any Size Disaster

10/8/2018 (Permalink)

In many cleaning and restoration situations, immediate action is needed. With over 1,700 U.S. and Canadian Franchise locations, SERVPRO is strategically positioned to be faster to any size emergency. An immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Water is particularly invasive, quickly spreading throughout your property and being absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, etc. SERVPRO of Farmington & Farmington Hills arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately.

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.

Call Us Today at (248) 608-2667

Keep your business clean

7/26/2018 (Permalink)

Building Services Keep your business clean SERVPRO can help keep your church clean

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 must have 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 work space, 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.0.

High Standard of Cleaning

You may not have the tools to clean quickly and efficiently.  A professional cleaning company has the equipment and supplies to get the job done properly. 

Create a relationship with a cleaning company that has the experience to get the job done. SERVPRO of Farmington & Farmington Hills prides themselves in reliable, quality work.

SERVPRO of Farmington & Farmington Hills 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.

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

Water in your Crawl Space?

7/20/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water in your Crawl Space? SERVPRO of Farmington and Farmington Hills clean up Water in Crawl Space in Plymouth, Michigan

Water in your crawl space can cause damage to your home 

Excessive moisture in a crawl space can cause your foundation supports to warp and lose their structural integrity. 

Excessive moisture can promote the growth of Mold and Mildew.

Standing water can attract pests and small animals. 

What to do when you have water in your crawl space

Have a professional inspect your crawl space for foundation cracks and broken pipes.

Dry out the crawl space by removing the excess water and moisture. 

Clean up the crawl space by removing debris and wet insulation.

When to Call A Professional

Water mitigation is not a challenging task, but it is hard, physical labor. You might want to consider the following:

A crawl space that is between 4 feet and 5 feet high is considered tall. Even such a tall crawlspace is very difficult to move around in. Many crawl spaces are lower than this.

Tight Access Point of entry makes it difficult to work in the crawl space. There may be only one small door that allows access to the crawl space, and can sometimes be in an inconvenient area, such as a bedroom closet or kitchen pantry floor.

Warning:  Rodents can often get into the crawl space.  Their droppings can contain harmful bacteria.

Have Water Damage?


Call SERVPRO of Farmington & Farmington Hills – (248) 427-1500

Heavy rains result in Metro Detroit Flood Damage

5/31/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Heavy rains result in Metro Detroit Flood Damage Heavy rains cause water damage to many homes in the Metro Detroit area

The SERVPRO of Farmington & Farmington Hills team work 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. The overwhelmed sewers and saturated ground sent contaminated water into basements, crawl spaces, and foundations.  Having a Professional assessment from a reputable flood recovery company is always recommended.

Calling SERVPRO of Farmington & Farmington Hills after a flood damage 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 & 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!

What is Mold?

5/9/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation What is Mold? Mold growth in mechanical closet after a pipe break

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/mold/faqs.htm#indoor “Molds are fungi that can be found both indoors and outdoors. No one knows how many species of fungi exist, but estimates range from tens of thousands to perhaps three hundred thousand or more. Molds grow best in warm, damp, and humid conditions, and spread and reproduce by making spores. Mold spores can survive harsh environmental conditions, such as dry conditions, that do not support normal mold growth”.

Excess moisture in your home can lead to mold growth. A flood, broken pipe, or an exhaust fan that is improperly vented can cause excess moisture in your home. Removing or eliminating the source of the water is the first step in making your home healthy from mold.

The next step is to call in a Professional. SERVPRO of Farmington & Farmington Hills can safely remove mold in your home. 

The Mold Remediation Process

Every mold infestation is different, from the amount of mold to the types of materials affected. Each scenario requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for a “typical” mold remediation infestation:

  1. Emergency Contact - (248) 427-1500
  2. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
  3. Mold Containment
  4. Air Filtration
  5. Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
  6. Cleaning Contents and Belongings
  7. Restoration

If You See Signs of Mold, 
Call Us Today – (248) 427-1500

When Fire Destroys your home

5/4/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage When Fire Destroys your home 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 back side 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 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 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?
Call Us Today (248) 427-1500