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Mold in the Workplace

5/21/2020 (Permalink)

Air scrubber in an office Air scrubber placed in an office in Southfield, MI

Mold infestation in the workplace is not uncommon. There is always mold present in buildings. Certain levels of mold are considered acceptable. But when there are massive quantities of mold or certain species, it should be addressed in order to keep employees and customers safe. 

If a pipe leak or break is not repaired, the water can cause mold growth within your building.  Sometimes the presence of mold is unknown, possibly within a wall or in duct work. A professional company will be able to properly remediate and clean your building. If the mold is not remediated properly, the mold can return causing a larger problem which highlights the importance of using a certified and experienced company. SERVPRO of Farmington & Farmington Hills will assess the situation, remediate, and repair the affected areas so the occupants can return to work safely.

Have a Mold Problem? Call Us Today – (248) 427-1500

Everyday is Earth Day at SERVPRO!

4/22/2020 (Permalink)

Earth Day Graphic With SERVPRO logo- Everyday is Earth Day This year, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day!

SERVPRO of Farmington and Farmington Hills takes great pride in providing effective and environmentally safe cleaning products for use in your home or business to ensure that when disaster strikes, you won’t have to worry about the safety and health of your family, pets, or employees. SERVPRO® Industries, Inc. is a member of the EPA’s Design for Environment (EPA/DFE) initiative. As a member company, SERVPRO® can access the listing known formally as CleanGredients. The EPA/DFE has established a set of criteria for formulating environmentally friendly cleaning products.

Here are a few examples of some Green Cleaning Products we use:

  • #249 Window Green Clean
  • #250 All Surface Green Clean
  • #251 Carpet and Upholstery Green Clean

These products have a pH neutral formula that contains no solvents, dyes, or fragrances, making them an environmentally friendly alternative to traditional household cleaners. They are considered safe, non-toxic, phosphate-free, and rapidly bio-degradable.

We know how important it is to feel comfortable and safe in your home or business when disaster strikes, and with our environmentally safe products, we hope to take that stress off you.

To learn more or if you are seeking services, call our technicians today at (248) 427-1500!

Keep Your Business Clean and Sanitized!

4/22/2020 (Permalink)

Servpro Technician Disinfecting Large Warehouse We're here to help you disinfect!

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 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

We are Cleaning Experts

3/18/2020 (Permalink)

Here to Help Germs SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need

SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff performs on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Farmington and Farmington Hills, 248-427-1500

Sources:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-prevent-spread.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fguidance-prevent-spread.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/guidance-business-response.html

Do you Have a Stubborn odor that Cannot be Removed?

2/21/2020 (Permalink)

Graphic of a car with the words "Deodorize with Ozone Odor Removal, Car, Home, Office, Locker room" Whether it’s a smoky smell in a vehicle, or a locker room full of stinky equipment, we’ve got odor solutions for any size job.

The science of identifying and eliminating odors can be tricky, but as pros in deodorization, we're able to take care of it.

SERVPRO of Farmington and Farmington Hills can help identify and remove the odor. We have several odor removal products to help remove offensive odors. One technique used for stubborn odors is an Ozone generator to destroy stubborn odors, such as tobacco, soot, animal, and mildew odors. Many deodorizers simply mask odors, but an Ozone generator can remove the odor. 

How does an Ozone generator work?

Ozone reacts to the odors through an oxidation process to change the molecular structure. 

Are there dangers when using an Ozone generator?

The area being treated by an Ozone generator must be free from humans, pets, and plants.  The treated space must then be circulated with fresh air before people and pets can go in.

An Ozone generator can be a safe and effective tool to remove stubborn odors. Our technicians are highly trained with years of experience, call SERVPRO of Farmington and Farmington Hills at (248) 427-1500 to safely eliminate odors from your home or business.

National Battery Day 2020

2/18/2020 (Permalink)

Back of a green SERVPRO truck with a "faster" license plate According to the US Fire Administration, smoke detectors should be tested at least once a month and batteries should be replaced at least once a year.

National battery day is observed every year on February 18th and it's a great way to remind homeowners as well as business owners to practice safe battery practices.

Batteries die, and other parts of the smoke detector can wear out over time. Testing them regularly and replacing batteries is one way to help ensure your family stays safe should there be a fire in your home.

Battery recycling is another important practice that consumers can participate in to help protect the environment and prevent fires. According to HOBI.com- a company dedicated to secure sustainable solutions, by recycling batteries, you can reduce the number of hazardous materials being put into the landfill which helps conserve our natural resources.

SERVPRO of Farmington and Farmington Hills is dedicated to enhancing sustainability practices alongside our community in an effort to reduce environmental harm. Here is a link Oakland County residents can visit to find out how to dispose of or recycle batteries: http://rrrasoc.org/about-us/event-schedule/#HHW

#NationalBatteryDay

Winter Threats to Your Farmington Hills, Michigan Home

1/2/2020 (Permalink)

Large ice chunks overflowing outside of a window 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.

The Esporta Wash System

11/25/2019 (Permalink)

Esporta IS4000 Wash Machine System Esporta IS4000 Wash Machine System

The Esporta Wash System Capabilities

SERVPRO of Farmington and Farmington Hills has a leading edge soft contents washing machine known as the Esporta. The Esporta is capable of bringing mold, fire, or water damaged contents back to life! Our primary goal with this machine is to restore your contents rather than replace them. Often times, what has been damaged in a fire or water loss cannot be replaced and that's why this machine is so great!

What can be cleaned:

  • Purses
  • Shoes
  • Clothes
  • Stuffed Animals
  • Linens
  • Bedding
  • Pillows
  • Leathers
  • Furs
  • Hats
  • & More!

The Process:

After our SERVPRO of Farmington and Farmington Hills technicians are called out to a job, whether it be commercial or residential,  a contents specialist will evaluate all the soft goods and determine what can be restored. Then, it will be packed up and brought back to our warehouse to undergo the cleaning process. In the final steps, the items will be boxed up and returned good as news! 

Secondary Effects From a Water Damage

7/22/2019 (Permalink)

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 from 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

National Pet Fire Safety Day 2019

7/15/2019 (Permalink)

National Pet Fire Safety Day 2019

It's estimated that 500,000 pets are injured in household fires each year. National Pet Fire Safety day was created in order to help bring awareness to pet owners and offer preventative measures that can be taken. After all, most of us consider our pets to be family! An important part of being a responsible pet owner includes pet-proofing your home, alerting rescuers of pets in the home with a window sticker, and developing a pet-friendly escape route.

Here are a few tips for pet owners on fire safety from the American Kennel Club:

  1. Extinguish Open Flames
  2. Pet-proof your Home
  3. Secure young pets
  4. Keep pets near entrances
  5. Practice escape routes with pets often
  6. Use monitored smoke detectors
  7. Put a sticker on your window
  8. Keep your information updated