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SERVPRO Helps You Through the Clean-up Process in Clinton Township, MI

7/31/2018 (Permalink)

General SERVPRO Helps You Through the Clean-up Process in Clinton Township, MI Explaining the Process in Clinton Township, MI

SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores understands the stress and worry that comes with a fire or water damage and the disruption it causes your life and home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened."

For a stress-free claims process, SERVPRO works with your insurance to help manage the insurance process and paperwork.

Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. Our training program includes the following:

  • IICRC Training
  • Employee Certification Training
  • Initial Franchise Training
  • e-Learnings
  • Continuing Education Classes
  • Our crews are on standby 24/7 to help you if an emergency arises. We are Always Here to Help (586) 741-5050.

Commercial Cleaning and Damage Restoration

7/23/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Cleaning and Damage Restoration Commercial Cleaning and Damage Restoration

Did you know SERVPRO is not just for disasters such as floods, water damage, or fires in the home? We also help Commercial Businesses on their losses! We are here to help get your business back up and running as quickly as possible.

SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores technicians are certified to clean and sanitize: Upholstery, Carpeting, Hard Flooring, and other hard surfaces. Refresh your carpeting and office cubical - we also specialize in odor removal and deodorization! Additionally, we are available after hours if services are needed when customers and/or clients are not present. That means we are available to assist you 24/7 - 365!

SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores technicians are reliable, certified professionals and are here to help return your business to its preloss condition!

At SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores We are Always Here To Help! (586) 741-5050

Quick Action Saves Water Threatened Inventory in St. Clair Shores, MI

7/3/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Quick Action Saves Water Threatened Inventory in St. Clair Shores, MI Quick Action Saves Water Threatened Inventory in St. Clair Shores, MI

When a store manager opened this store on a Saturday morning she was surprised by a lot of standing water. Water was coming down through the ceiling! She contacted us in a panic. The store was flooding quickly. She was uncertain as to where the water was coming from. She explained that it sounded like it was raining in the building. Most of the water was coming through the ceiling bath fan. Floors, walls and ceilings were soaking wet.

We arrived quickly and discovered that the water heater tank had cracked and was spraying a large amount of water. We stopped the leak and got to work. We extracted the water from the sales floor quickly so the store was able to stay open while we completed the mitigation. Another happy customer!

Call the experts at SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores available to help with your emergency 24/7. (586) 741-5050.

Commercial Water Loss in Roseville, MI

7/3/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Loss in Roseville, MI Stop The Water!

Water damage can strike your commercial property at any time and without notice. The effects of commercial water damage can be devastating to a business owner who is now faced with having to clean up the water damage and needing to reopen their business as soon as possible.

Do you know how to handle water damage at your commercial property? Are you prepared to make the necessary decisions after a pipe breaks, your roof leaks, or the streets flood to protect your property? What is your plan? Who can make the decisions?

Thankfully, this doesn’t have to be as scary as it sounds. A little preparation for a water damage emergency and a plan of action in the event it ever happens can significantly reduce property damage and will get you back to business as soon as possible.

Causes of Commercial Water Damage

Water damage can happen at any time. Whether from natural disasters, leaking roofs, frozen pipes, sewage backups, or flooding, water damage is a serious concern and a major threat to your commercial property.

Understanding the source of the water damage is essential for proper cleanup, as clean water from a broken pipe or a leaking roof during a rainstorm will be treated differently than floodwaters and sewage backups. Always protect your health and let the commercial water damage experts handle the cleanup and restoration of your property.

Preventing Mold Growth After Water Damage

Proper removal and drying of the water is critical after a water damage emergency and will prevent any long-term problems some experience after attempting water damage cleanup themselves, or by hiring someone who doesn’t have the proper equipment or experience. Mold growth can begin 24-48 hours after water damage, and starting extraction and drying as soon as possible after water damage is your best line of defense against mold.

Our crews are on standby 24/7 to help you if an emergency arises. We are Always Here to Help (586) 741-5050.

Why Do I Need Mold Testing if I Already Know I Have a Mold Problem?

5/8/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Why Do I Need Mold Testing if I Already Know I Have a Mold Problem? Got Mold in Roseville, MI?

Why do I need mold testing if I already know I have a mold problem?

Most certified, reputable mold remediation contractors will require you to have a mold inspection with an air sample analysis and corresponding remediation plan prior to providing you with an estimate.  The mold report will define the extent and severity of the problem and what the proper remediation plan, procedures and protocols should be from an independent, unbiased person (environmental consultant).  It gives a starting point of the environment as it relates to airborne mold spore counts so we can gauge the effectiveness of the remediation contractor at the end of the project for the post-remediation verification aka clearance.

The Mold Remediation Process

Every mold damage scenario is different, and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our “typical” process:

  1. Emergency Contact – (586) 741-5050
  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

At SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores We are Always Here To Help! (586) 741-5050

The Science of Drying!

5/8/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial The Science of Drying! Commercial Drying in Eastpointe, MI

The Science of Drying!

The knowledge of psychometrics is essential to restoring a structure to its preloss condition. Where the average Do-It-Yourself homeowner or business owner might be tempted to grab a few beach towels to mop up the mess and place a box fan or two around the damaged area, the SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores professionals follow strict industry-approved standards to help lower the chances of any secondary damages.

For starters, one of our trained restorers will:

  • Inspect the building to detect every component that is wet, preventing damage from happening because wet components were overlooked.
  • Measure how much moisture is in wet materials and monitor whether the materials are drying properly.
  • Speed up mother nature by using professional drying equipment.

What exactly does "speed up mother nature" mean?

A wet building can often dry naturally because our environment always seeks equilibrium. When materials are wet, moisture will naturally move to drier air at the surface of the material - but only if the air is, indeed, drier. The only problem is nature takes too long, and secondary damages occur while the building is drying out.

For this reason, SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores professionals have been trained to use top-of-the-line equipment to help "mother nature" along, including equipment to help dry hardwood floors, tough to reach spaces inside walls and much more. We also use state-of-the-art monitoring equipment and a proven scientific process to help speed up the drying process of your home or business.

Call the experts at SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores available to help with your emergency 24/7. (586) 741-5050.

Commercial Cleaning Services

4/27/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Cleaning Services Call us today for your cleaning needs

Commercial Cleaning Services

If you are a business owner, or run a particular business that receives a lot of visitors and foot-traffic, you know how important it is to keep your business looking clean and in good shape. You don’t have time to worry about the common wear and tear that gradually soils your office. When grime, odor, and moisture challenges go beyond the scope of your regular janitorial staff, you should call SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores for prompt service. Whether it’s removing an odor problem or deep cleaning flooring or carpets, you can rely on us to make your workspace look its very best.

SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores offers cleaning services ranging from cleaning restaurant hoods to removing biohazard contaminants. We have the specialized training and products to get your property back to business. Our cleaning services include the following:

Have Questions? Call Today – (586) 741-5050

Causes of Commercial Water Damage

4/27/2018 (Permalink)

When business owners visualize water damage, they often picture a massive storm wiping out power lines, flooding offices, and shutting down businesses for days at a time. It is true that commercial water damage is often the result of floods and water that stems from weather events and storms.   

However, many entrepreneurs and business space renters forget that storms and severe weather aren't the only causes of floods and water damage. Here are some of the typical causes of water damage to commercial buildings.

1. Malfunctioning sprinkler systems  Some older office and retail buildings still have outdated sprinkler systems that work in conjunction with fire protection systems. While such sprinklers can come in handy during a fire emergency, they can also cause commercial flood damage if they are faulty or in need of replacement. This could easily damage inventory and business assets.

2. Damaged appliances and equipment  This cause of commercial flood damage is more common in restaurants and catering facilities, as well as any business that has appliances and equipment that make use of water. If the appliance fails and sends water across your building, especially during late hours when no one is around, you may come back to work and face a water emergency.   

3. Broken pipes and plumbing  Just like in a residence, if the plumbing system in your workplace fails water damage could be the result.   

4. Backed up sewer lines  This is another cause of commercial water damage that often catches business owners by surprise. Should the sewer line to your building back up or become damaged, realize the potential dangers of contaminated Black Water which can cause health effects and ruin products and office furnishings. 

Our crews are on standby 24/7 to help you if an emergency arises. We are Always Here to Help (586) 741-5050.

Mold Myths and Mold Remediation for Your Property

4/27/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Answers the Call for Mold Remediation

Many, if not most homeowners in St. Clair Shores will have to deal with a mold infestation at some point. This being the case, it's important for residential property owners to get the facts about mold remediation. Homeowners are inundated with incorrect information about mold that preclude them from acting appropriately and effectively when the fungus invades their homes. Here are three mold myths that you should be aware of:

Myth # 1: Mold Only Grows in Moist, Wet Environments.

Although many people think that mold only grows in moist, wet environments, this is not the case. Although these fungi need moisture for growth, it can keep growing even when the substrate dries out. Mold's ability to keep growing in dry environments results from the fact that it can extract moisture from the surrounding air. In fact, mold only starts to completely die out when the air maintains less than 45% humidity. This low level of humidity can only be mechanically and chemically reached through the use of drying and absorbing agents, dehumidifying machines, and an a/c system running consistent cycles.

Myth # 2: Bleach Kills Mold.

Bleach does not kill mold. Although throwing some Clorox bleach on the mold may appear to eradicate the problem, it is not an effective, comprehensive mold remediation technique. In fact, the bleach is only attacking mold stains by stripping away melanin compounds from the mold's membrane. However, this work doesn't remove the actual mold or resolve the underlying issues that enabled the mold to start thriving in the first place. Remember, fungi require moisture and a food source for the spores to develop stringed colonies leading to visible mold proliferation. It's also important to note that using bleach on mold causes it to strike back. Specifically, the mold recognizes the high pH from the bleach as a chemical attack. The mold then defends itself with its exoenzymes and membrane. These enzymes make the bleach ineffective and also turn it into food.

Myth # 3: All Cleaning Companies Can Eradicate Mold.

Many homeowners with mold damage think any standard cleaning company can remediate their property, this is a misconception. In fact, the safe and effective removal of mold necessitates that a cleaning company's employees act in compliance with specific guidelines outlined by the EPA. You also need to find a company whose technicians are IICRC-certified to ensure that your mold remediation service is effective and expedient. Note that mold spores are present in all environments. If the moisture source is not humidity and condensation but is a water leak, then this must be repaired prior to exterminating most of the mold growth. Total elimination and eradication of these fungi are not possible; no professional, ethical mold remediation company would make this claim.

Call SERVPRO For Excellent Mold Remediation Services. Our highly skilled technicians follow a specific protocol based upon the EPA and IICRC guidelines. We are very precise in execution from containment of mold throughout the removal of infested porous materials, cleaning, disinfecting, removing odors, and final inspection. Antifungal and antimicrobial treatments are extremely important. With the proper safety gear and equipment--"air scrubbers", HEPA vacuums, and foggers to name a few, we work safely and make your home safe again. Call SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores (586) 741-5050.

Ice Storm Facts

4/17/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Ice Storm Facts Ice Storm Damage in St. Clair Shores, MI

Ice Storm Facts

You may hear forecasters talk about ice accumulations this week and wonder, "Will I lose power, or will the roads just be slippery?"

Just a thin coating of ice can result in a travel nightmare, while heavier amounts will severely damage trees and power lines. Strong winds can add extra force to already weighted down tree branches and power lines, increasing the likelihood of significant damage.

  • Ice can increase the weight of branches by 30 times.
  • A 1/2-inch accumulation on power lines can add 500 pounds of extra weight.
  • An ice storm in 2009 centered from northern Arkansas to the Ohio Valley knocked out power to 1.3 million.
  • In 1998, an ice storm in northern New York and northern New England damaged millions of trees and caused $1.4 billion in damage. Accumulations were as much as three inches thick!
  • Stay Safe! Keep our phone number handy in case of any emergency. Call SERVPRO 24/7 @ (586) 741-5050.