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Secondary Effects From a Water Damage

7/22/2020 (Permalink)

Crinkled artwork in a picture frame from water damage Secondary damage to artwork from moisture in the air

Failure to react quickly to a water damage in your home or business can lead to secondary damage. Secondary damage is damage that is caused by the moisture in the air.  Primary damage is the result of direct contact with the initial water loss. Some examples of Primary damage would be walls and floors.

Homeowner comes home to 2” of standing water in his finished basement.  His sump pump failed to work.  Unknown to the homeowner, the water covered the basement floor for several days. As a result, many items were damaged from the moisture in the air. The photo shows the moisture damage to the prints that were hanging on the wall due to high humidity.

Working with a restoration service that understands water damage clean up is the best way to prevent secondary damage. 

If your home is flooded or damaged because of a failure to the Sump Pump, Call SERVPRO (248) 427-1500

Advanced Drying Equipment

7/15/2020 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of Farmington & Farmington Hills we use many different types of drying equipment and techniques to dry out your home or business in the event of a water damage. Our technicians are able to assess and understand how to mitigate a number of flooring, wall types, and other surfaces to make sure that you are receiving the most efficient and effective service during a stressful situation. We use industry-specific fans and air movers, alongside the newest technology called the HP Plus Floor Drying Package, which is a floor mat drying system.

The HP Plus Floor Drying Package is used to dry hidden areas of moisture in and under flooring including wood flooring, marble, tile, subfloor, etc. The system's panels can also be used to dry plaster walls and other dense materials. So, before you worry about a custom floor in your home or business or think that any of the flooring or walls can’t be dried, let our SERVPRO of Farmington & Farmington Hills technicians assess your situation and see if the floor mat drying system can help you.

Call us at (248) 427-1500!

Faster to Any Size Disaster

7/14/2020 (Permalink)

Contents in basement sitting in a puddle of water Water damage in a basement after heavy rains in Salem, MI

Residential Restoration and Cleaning Services

SERVPRO of Farmington & Farmington Hills is a trusted leader in the restoration industry. We have the training, equipment, and expertise to handle all of your restoration and cleaning needs. As a locally owned and operated business, we can provide 24-hour emergency service and are dedicated to responding immediately to commercial or residential needs.

Have Questions? Call Us Today – (248) 427-1500

Residential Services

Whether you need emergency flood restoration or just need your upholstery cleaned, SERVPRO has over 1,650 Franchises ready to respond faster to any size disaster. SERVPRO of Farmington & Farmington Hills has advanced equipment and highly trained technicians to make it “Like it never even happened.” We can help you with the following residential services:

Emergency Do's and Don'ts

7/10/2020 (Permalink)

Water Damage to basement with wet carpet and miscellaneous contents Storm caused major damages to finished basement in Northville

As Michigan is currently in a rainy season, here are some emergency water damage tips to help assist you in taking proper action until our SERVPRO of Farmington & Farmington Hills technicians arrive.

Emergency Water Damage Tips:

  • Shut off the water source if possible or contact a qualified party to stop the water source.
  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the home or building if you have safe access to the power distribution panel.
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting or flooring.
  • Move any artwork, computers, documents, and other items with sentimental value to a dry place.
  • Don’t enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers, or electrical equipment are exposed to water. ALWAYS avoid electrical shock hazards.
  • Don’t use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water, this could cause electrical shock or damage to the vacuum cleaner.
  • Don’t turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet or enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.

If you experience a water damage call SERVPRO of Farmington & Farmington Hills at (248) 427-1500

Don't Wait - Check the Date!

7/8/2020 (Permalink)

Boarded up window in a home with substantial fire damage Substantial fire damage to a home in Farmington Hills

Fire damage can be extremely devastating to your home or business, how prepared are you? 

SERVPRO of Farmington and Farmington Hills is here to make sure that you have the information you need to prevent a fire and to help you during the aftermath of a fire. Our SERVPRO technicians are highly qualified and certified in Fire & Water Restoration. Our crews work around the clock to come to the rescue and return your home or business back to pre-fire condition. Not only can we clean the structure, but we can also remove stubborn odor and soot from upholstery and carpeting.

DID YOU KNOW?

Different types of fires require different types of extinguishers. For example, a grease fire and an electrical fire require the use of different extinguishing agents to effectively and safely put the fire out.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has used the slogan, "Don't Wait - Check the Date! - Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years" in one of their past campaigns and we're here to make sure it stays at the top of your mind! The NFPA strives to educate the public about the basic and necessary elements for fire prevention. The public has many misconceptions about smoke alarms, including how to check the date, when to replace them, and how many you should have in your home. Check out the NFPA's website for Smoke Alarm Tips!

NFPA Smoke Alarm Tips 

We would like you to be as knowledgeable as possible on fire safety, so here are a few tips:

  1. Always watch your cooking - do not leave anything on the stove or in the oven unattended.
  2. Test Smoke Alarms - Test your alarms once a month and replace batteries as needed.
  3. Be careful when using candles - Keep candles far away from flammable substances and surfaces.
  4. Have a fire escape plan - make an escape plan and practice it frequently.
  5. Smoke outside - If you are a smoker, have a deep ashtray and remember to NEVER smoke in bed.

Emergency Services Needed in Your Building?

7/7/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employees in PPE cleaning surfaces in an office building SERVPRO employees disinfecting surfaces in an office building wearing PPE.

SERVPRO of Farmington & Farmington Hills understands the urgency of the situation and has the experience to help. There’s never a convenient time for flooding or water damage to strike your business. Commercial water restoration presents unique challenges. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. Our IICRC Certified Technicians were dispatched immediately to clean up the damage to get this office up and running again.

Our Technicians were able to dry out the foyer and several offices quickly to avoid additional damages to the building structure. All surfaces were sanitized using an anti-microbial botanical product that is safe for even the most sensitive environments.

24 Hour Emergency Service

Faster to Any Size Disaster

A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry with over 1,700 Franchises

When your business is damaged from a Water Damage, we will be there fast with the help you need.

Call Us Today – (248) 427-1500

How Do Thermal Cameras Help Us With Your Water Damage?

7/6/2020 (Permalink)

Thermal image camera captures a photo of a wet kitchen ceiling after a pipe break in the bathroom in Livonia. Thermal image camera captures a photo of a wet kitchen ceiling after a pipe break in the bathroom in Livonia.

Our SERVPRO of Farmington and Farmington Hills technicians are specially trained in Water Restoration and given a certification by the IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Cleaning) to ensure the best quality of work for our customers. To go one step further, our technicians have been trained to use Thermal Cameras to detect moisture and temperature discrepancies in your home or business. IR (Infrared) Thermal Camera technology is a powerful tool for discovering the source of a leak, they are able to determine if there is lingering moisture behind a wall before or after a dry-out and even to able to combat potential mold growth.

So How Do IR Cameras Work?

When water evaporates, it cools the surface temperature. Infrared cameras identify temperature differences to locate potential water damage. Infrared technology visually displays qualitative thermal differences often caused by water damage. In short, IR cameras do not directly detect moisture, they detect temperature, and water is extremely sensitive to these fluctuations.

If you have or had a water damage and are concerned about moisture, call our SERVPRO technicians at (248) 427-1500!

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

7/1/2020 (Permalink)

Water Damage in the storage room of a Commercial Building Water Damage in the storage room of a Commercial Building

A mop and common household cleaning products may not be enough for black water intrusions. SERVPRO of Farmington & 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." 

What is a Trash Out?

6/26/2020 (Permalink)

A living room with waist high clothes and miscellaneous contents piled up This condo in Oakland County had several years of trash piled up throughout the unit that needed to be removed.

Our SERVPRO of Farmington & Farmington Hills technicians pride themselves on being able to "clean up anything you don’t want to" whether you had a disaster affect your home or not. There are plenty of common and uncommon reasons you would need what we call a trash-out, we have seen and dealt with them all.

For instance, if you have a home or basement full of wet or just plain unwanted things, we can haul that away for you. If you are a rental homeowner and a tenant left a ton of trash in your rental property, we can take that away for you and clean the home. If there is an elderly or physically handicapped person you may know that can not take care of their home and let things pile up, we can take care of that for them. The possibilities are endless, and we have the ability to deal with hazardous material being that we have access to personal protective equipment (PPE).

If you need our experienced SERVPRO of Farmington & Farmington Hills technicians help, call (248) 427-1500.

What Happens to All My Stuff After a Water Damage?

6/24/2020 (Permalink)

Boxes palleted in SERVPRO of Farmington and Farmington Hills Warehouse SERVPRO of Farmington and Farmington Hills contents warehouse

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 specialized software to take a 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.