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Warehouse Water Damage

4/20/2022 (Permalink)

Water damage with caution tape in a commercial warehouse Warehouse Water Damage in Farmington Hills, MI Business

Besides a natural disaster or large-scale storm, there are other potential causes for a water damage at your business. It is true that commercial water damages are often the result of weather events such as heavy rains and storms, however, there are regular maintenance issues that could cause damage to company equipment, inventory, and other valuable assets. Our SERVPRO of Farmington and Farmington Hills technicians are highly trained and knowledgeable in all of the possible causes for a water loss to occur in your commercial property.

Other Causes of Water Damage in Your Business:

  • Sprinkler System Malfunction - Sprinkler systems are a must for businesses because it helps protect the building in fire emergencies, offering the first line of defense when smoke is detected. However, when the sprinkler system is outdated and showing signs of wear and tear, the sprinklers can malfunction and cause water damage to everything inside the building.
  • Burst pipes– There are many reasons why pipes can burst and cause water damage. One potential reason could be an extremely cold day that can freeze the water in the pipes. Since water expands as it freezes, this expansion can crack and break the pipes that the water needs to flow through.
  • Clogged sewer system– Another possible reason for a commercial water damage is toilets and sewer systems getting clogged. Toilets and sewer lines can get clogged very easily and when a sewer line is clogged, flooding can occur anytime someone flushes a toilet or pours water down a sink.
  • Leaking roof– When the roof is not regularly checked and maintained, it can suffer damage from exposure to changing weather. Even if you are just experiencing a rainstorm, when your roof has a leak, it can become detrimental and damage the inside of your building.

If you have a water damage in your commercial property, call SERVPRO of Farmington and Farmington Hills at (248) 427-1500.

April Showers Bring May Flowers (and Flooded Basements)

4/19/2022 (Permalink)

Before and after of water in a basement Heavy rainfall caused water damage to this basement resulting in the removal of carpet and saturated contents.

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 homeowners’ 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!

Spring Cleaning

3/7/2022 (Permalink)

Before and after photos of a finished basement after technicians cleaned up. Before and after photos of a finished basement after technicians cleaned up.

Spring is right around the corner here in Michigan and for most that means spring cleaning! Maybe you finally cleaned out the catch all closet and need it scrubbed down floor to ceiling? Or you hauled all that old unused furniture to the curb and the carpet underneath was disgusting? Well, the typical homeowner will probably cover the basics with dusting, mopping, vacuuming, throwing things away here and there, making the infamous ‘donate’ pile and wiping down surfaces and furniture. However, sometimes your spring-cleaning needs go a little deeper than that.

Our SERVPRO of Farmington and Farmington Hills technicians can do the dirty work for you no matter how bad the situation. Here are just a few ways we can help you:

  • We have specially formulated SERVPRO chemicals
  • We use green products safe for pets
  • HEPA vacuuming
  • Carpet Deodorization and cleaning
  • Ozone Machine for strong odors
  • Using reach poles to clean tall ceilings
  • Washing walls/moldings/baseboard etc.
  • Floor cleaning
  • Trash out/de-cluttering services

Get a head start on your spring cleaning today and call us at (248) 427-1500

Can a Water Heater Start a Fire?

2/22/2022 (Permalink)

water heater burned Hot water heater causes damage to apartment in Westland

Hot Water Tank causes fire in an Apartment in Westland. The SERVPRO Team was there to help. Fortunately, no one was injured.  The unit suffered moderate damage.  SERVPRO of Farmington & Farmington Hills understands the devastation from a fire damage.  SERVPRO was able to bring the apartment back to a preloss condition.

SERVPRO of Farmington & Farmington Hills can respond immediately to your commercial fire damage emergency regardless of the size or scope of the damage. We are part of a national network of over 1,700 Franchises with special Disaster Recovery Teams placed strategically throughout the country to respond to large scale events and disasters.

SERVPRO of Farmington & Farmington Hills proudly serves Farmington Hills, Northville, Farmington, and surrounding areas. Our Professional Technicians are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – (248) 427-1500

What is a Trash Out?

1/5/2022 (Permalink)

Contents and trash piled up in a living room 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 technician's help, call (248) 427-1500.

New Technology: The ESPORTA iS4000 Soft Contents Washing Machine

11/29/2021 (Permalink)

The ESPORTA iS4000 machine in our warehouse The ESPORTA iS4000 machine in our warehouse in Farmington Hills, MI

Restore, don't replace!

At SERVPRO of Farmington and Farmington Hills, we're always staying up to date with the latest and greatest technology. Our ESPORTA iS4000 soft contents washing machine is capable of removing deep soot and mold from soft contents such as clothing, bedding, stuffed animals, purses, shoes, hats, and more! 

This machine is great at restoring items that a commercial washing machine cannot handle. After a fire or water damage, items that seem to be a total loss or unsalvageable can now be restored instead of replaced. Replacing sentimental items after a fire is devastating. With new ESPORTA technology, you no longer have to worry about losing irreplaceable items. 

Smelly sports equipment? We can help!

Not only can the ESPORTA iS4000 restore damaged soft contents, but it is also extremely beneficial at sanitizing and removing those stinky odors from sports equipment.

Are you interested in having your sports team's equipment cleaned and sanitized? Give us a call today for a free quote or head to Facebook and send us a direct message. 

248-427-1500

How to Prepare Your Kids For Emergencies

9/22/2021 (Permalink)

Graphic of a house in a flood with the words "Is your family prepared?" Do your kids have all the information they need in the event of an emergency?

The fourth and final topic of this year’s National Preparedness Month is teaching the youth about preparedness. Make sure your kids are aware of your family’s emergency preparedness plan and practice it so they know what to do and how to respond in the face of an emergency. A few key things to talk through with your kids are:

  1. Who to contact - make sure they have your phone number memorized as well as other emergency contact information and numbers.

Tip: pick someone out of town for an emergency contact as they might be easier to reach if there is a local disaster.

  1. Where to meet – Talk through with your family on where to meet in case of an emergency. Pick a familiar and accessible place where you can take shelter if needed.

Tip: Make sure the place you decide on is pet friendly if applicable.

  1. Practice! Hold regular household meetings with your family to discuss your plan and keep copies of your contact information somewhere safe like a backpack or cellphone.

Ready.Gov has fun interactive games for children to play in order to help prepare the youth for emergencies. Check it out here: https://www.ready.gov/kids/make-a-plan

As National Preparedness Month 2021 comes to an end, SERVPRO of Farmington and Farmington Hills wants to remind you that emergencies and disasters happen year round. Make sure you and your family are staying vigilant each month by keeping up to date with your preparedness kits and looking out for alerts.

Large Box Store Flood Clean Up in Rochester Hills, MI

9/21/2021 (Permalink)

Carpet, tile, and running track flooring covered with water along with clothing racks, display stands, and mannequins Multiple different types of flooring were affected in this water loss

This big box store in Rochester Hills, MI flooded after a urinal was left running all night in one of the bathrooms. Our crew was called out early in the morning when the employees discovered the water and we were on the scene very shortly after the call in order to get them back open to the public. While this was a large loss (about 80% of the store was affected), our crew had the store back up and running within three days. 

Getting the space mitigated, dried out, and sanitized as quickly as possible was a huge priority so the community and children could get back to using a space they cherish so much. 

SERVPRO of Farmington and Farmington Hills has the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial flooding or water damage emergencies. Whether your water emergency occurs in a small office building or big box store, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion. 

Our knowledgeable crew takes specialized commercial restoration classes to always stay up to date on the latest methods and technologies in the field. We are always here for you and your business.

Our team is here for you 24/7 - give us a call at (248) 427-1500

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