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Fire Damage in Eastpointe, MI

11/16/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Restoration Process

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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.

Have Questions About Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call Today – (586) 741-5050

Clean Your Gutters in St. Clair Shores, MI

10/18/2019 (Permalink)

Red, orange and gold leaves in a gutter Leaves in gutter in St. Clair Shores, MI

Keep your gutters clean in St. Clair Shores, MI

As the fall air turns cooler in St. Clair Shores, there is nothing more beautiful than the changing fall colors. The vibrant orange, gold and scarlet hues can be spectacular to view. But once the leaves start to fall, they can wreak havoc on your home if you’re not vigilant with your gutter system.

The gutter system directs water from your roof and away from your home’s foundation. It is important to keep your gutters from becoming clogged with leaves and twigs. Clogged gutters can cause water damage to your roof which can seep into your home, or damage your foundation.

If you have a lot of trees near your home, it might be advantageous to install gutter guards to keep from cleaning them out yourself every year.

Keep our number handy. In an emergency SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores (586) 741-5050.

Vandalism Cleanup at your St. Clair Shores rental homes? WE CAN HELP!

10/14/2019 (Permalink)

Broken toilet and shattered shower glass door Vandalism Cleanup in St. Clair Shores

We receive a lot of calls from landlords looking for help removing trash or performing a deep clean on a property.  We are able to not only help landlords with the cleanup after a tenant moves out, but we can also help if they decide to destroy your property. Call SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores at 586-741-5050 to find out about more or the services we can help you with.

Pictured above is a vandalism cleanup we are currently working on in St. Clair Shores Michigan. The damage throughout the house included Broken light bulbs, shattered sinks, toilets, shower glass, tile, broken pipes and water damage throughout upstairs and downstairs. SERVPRO was called at 9:30pm and we were able to dispatch an emergency crew to shut off the water and secure the side door. The owner of the home is happy to have SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores helping her get her house back!    

10 Ways to have a better day in St. Clair Shores during these rainy cold Fall days

10/14/2019 (Permalink)

smiley face 10 Ways to have a better day

10 Ways to have a better day 

By Casey Anthony

Oct 7, 2019

Maybe it's the upcoming holidays on the horizon... Maybe it's the inevitable end-of-the-year madness about to take place.... Maybe it's just the current season of life. Whatever the case may be, I find myself going through a bit of a slump right now. Even the most motivated and driven people can suffer from slumps every now and then – it's totally normal! The good news is that even though it sucks, there is usually a way to speed up the process to dig yourself out. Here are 10 ways to have a better day, starting today.

#1: First things first: you must accept the feelings of being unmotivated for what it is and acknowledge the amount of stress we can put on ourselves during it. No one is happy and energetic 100% of the time, not even Tony Robbins. Be kind to yourself. This cloud will soon pass.

#2: Conjure up a smile. An easy way to lift your spirits is to grab your cell phone and look through your camera roll. Linger over the pictures that make you happy. Do you see pictures of your family? Your pet? Your kids? Remember why you get up every morning and go to work. What makes you work hard? 

#3: Take advantage of the early bird edge. If you've got a task or project at work to complete, block out the appropriate time and get it squared away sooner rather than later. Not only will you feel better crossing something off your to-do list, it will also prevent other demands from sidelining one of your main priorities.

#4: Make a vision board. Who doesn't love a fun Pinterest board? Or better yet, a physical vision board? If you're having a hard time becoming motivated, grab a stack of old magazines (or your computer) and create a vision board of sorts. Cut out images that spark joy and are realistic to achieve. Once you create a board of your dreams and future goals, make a habit to look at it every morning to remind yourself what you're working towards.

#5: Live your legacy. Imagine you are writing your own obituary. What would you want it to say? What do you want to be remembered for? Jot down some goals you can work towards and take the first step towards one of them before the end of the day.

#6: Make a plan. When you're in a slump, thinking of a goal can easily backfire... unless you make a plan ahead of time of what to do when this potentially happens. An easy way to set yourself up for success is to choose a S-M-A-R-T goal: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-Bound. In other words, you're not setting a goal without actions that will essentially make your slump even worse if you don't succeed.

#7: Practice. Starting today, practice ahead of time what you want to say to your COIs on your daily marketing route. What are some topics you can bring up when you drop by? Is there anything going on in your community you can get involved in, and encourage your COIs to do the same? Is there exciting news in our industry that you can research and incorporate into your daily conversations? What can you say to your COIs today to continue to grow and develop a relationship with them? Think about it as you drive to your first stop of the day.

#8: Have something to look forward to. Oftentimes, slumps can happen when there is nothing exciting to look forward to. To combat this, consider booking an affordable weekend trip somewhere or sign-up for a class you've been dying to try. In my experience, the build-up to an actual event is almost as exciting as the actual event itself.

#9: Journal. If you're unsure why you're feeling unmotivated, now is a good time to take pen to paper and figure it out. Spend a few minutes getting all your thoughts out in a journal. Continue writing over the next few days and label each day as super happy (10) to absolutely miserable (0), then review the factors behind your daily scores. A lot of times, we may be holding in confusion, anger, sadness, or other emotions that aren't necessarily easy to see. Eventually you will be able to identify what makes you happy and what makes you sad. Oust the dissatisfying things from your life.

#10: Up the self-love. Are you constantly consumed by high-stress situations? Try detaching for a few minutes (or hours) with a temporary escape. This could be a phone call to a friend or family member, a walk outside, or a warm bubble bath. It is so important to take care of yourself during this "blah" time. Find little pockets of your day when you can take care of your mind, body, and soul in ways that actually feel good to you. Prioritize taking care of yourself even if it takes some extra effort.

St. Clair Shores, Are you prepared? We can help!

9/12/2019 (Permalink)

servpro logo and words emergency plan Get Ready! We can help!

National Preparedness Month Offers Home and Business Owners an Opportunity to Resolve to be Ready for an Emergency

Local SERVPRO disaster restoration specialist highlights no-cost tools to help property owners prepare and maintain a comprehensive emergency readiness plan

St. Clair Shores, MI (Grassroots Newswire) August 27, 2019 - No matter where you live or work, emergencies caused by weather, fire, wind, water, and other natural or manmade disasters can strike at any time and are largely unpredictable. SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores reminds St. Clair Shores-area home and business owners that preparing in advance is the best thing you can do to help minimize a disaster’s impact on your loved ones and your property. Each year, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) designates September as National Preparedness Month – a time to create, or update, your plan for when disaster strikes.

“In the same way that people make ‘resolutions’ at the New Year, National Preparedness Month is a great time to resolve to create a plan, or review your existing plan, each and every year,” said Jennifer Dishman of SERVPRO® of St. Clair Shores. “Everyone needs a comprehensive emergency plan. Business owners also need to plan for business interruption and continuation. But equally importantly, families and businesses alike need immediate access to data like emergency and insurance contacts, shut-off valves, electrical panel locations, and the line of command to authorize work so emergency responders can react quickly and appropriately during the emergency. This month’s focus on preparedness is a great incentive for both families and businesses to put a plan in place and review it regularly.”

Creating an emergency plan is straightforward, according to Dishman. No matter what type of threats exist where you live or work – wildfires, flooding, hurricanes, tornadoes, or other natural or manmade disasters – tools are available from FEMA (https://www.ready.gov) with guidelines for preparing emergency food, water, and medical supplies; planning for special needs; and creating communication and evacuation plans. These tools and others, like the SERVPRO READY app, also help you store essential contact and property information electronically where it can be accessed with a mobile device in seconds if disaster strikes. Both home and business owners can download the free app.

Local business owners can take an additional preparedness step by designating SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores as their disaster mitigation and restoration provider. SERVPRO professionals will conduct a no-cost assessment of the facility and assist the owner in completing a comprehensive Emergency READY Profile® (ERP) to be stored in the READY app.

“The key to getting your life or business back on track is timely response after a disaster strikes. That’s why it’s important to take the time to record and store your information electronically, and then commit to a time – like National Preparedness Month – to review and update your records at least once each year,” said Dishman. “Remember, filing cabinets and their contents may be inaccessible or even destroyed in an emergency situation, so don’t depend on them to keep track of critical insurance, property, or contact information in the event of a disaster. Store your data electronically. If disaster strikes, you’ll have the information you need literally at your fingertips.”

SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores specializes in disaster restoration, cleanup, and repair services, helping to remediate damage, making it “Like it never even happened,” for both commercial and residential customers. For more information on SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores, please contact Jennifer Dishman at (586)741-5050 or JennyD@SERVPROstclairshoresmi.com. For more information on SERVPRO® and the SERVPRO Emergency READY Program, please visit www.ready.SERVPRO.com.

About SERVPRO®

Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO Franchise System is a leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services and mold mitigation and remediation. SERVPRO’s professional services network of more than 1,700 individually owned and operated Franchises responds to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar large-loss events. Providing coverage in the United States and Canada, the SERVPRO System has established relationships with major insurance companies and commercial clients, as well as individual homeowners.

Emergency Water damage at your St. Clair Shores Business?

9/10/2019 (Permalink)

Thermal Camera of wet commercial floor Water Damage at a Commercial Property

SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores is your preferred vendor when you call your insurance company with a water damage situation at your business.   But not everyone has been through a loss at their home or business.  Here's a quick list of what you can expect after you call us. 

Emergency Water Damage Process Overview*

ONE HOUR: Within one hour from notice of loss, a SERVPRO® of St. Clair Shores employee will contact you to arrange for service. You’ll know help is on the way!

FOUR HOURS: Within four hours of loss notification,  SERVPRO® of St. Clair Shores will be on-site to start mitigation services. The key to reducing damage and saving money is responding quickly to your damage.

DETAILED EXPLANATION: A trained, uniformed and equipped SERVPRO® of St. Clair Shores Professional will walk you through the job process step-by-step, explaining what to expect and the anticipated outcome.

EIGHT HOURS: Within eight business hours of on-site arrival, a verbal briefing of the scope will be communicated to the appropriate person, normally your adjuster or property manager.

PRETESTING: A SERVPRO® of St. Clair Shores Professional will begin pretesting for restorability, working from the source of the damage outward. CLEANING & RESTORATION: SERVPRO® of St. Clair Shores Professionals will work neatly and efficiently to help you regain control of your property when a damaging event has taken over. They will use state-of-the-art restoration techniques to ensure your property is taken care of right the first time.

FINAL WALK-THROUGH: After the work has been completed, a final walk-through will be conducted with you to help ensure your satisfaction.

Of course this makes it sound easy, but with one call of SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores you will be making strides to taking your property back!  Call SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores at (586) 741-5050 for your emergency needs.  

Tips for Moving Your Home Business into Your First Office

7/17/2019 (Permalink)

Tips for Moving Your Home Business into Your First Office

by Haley Kieser 

June 27, 2019

Congratulations! Moving your business from your home into a physical storefront, office space, or unit is an enormous accomplishment. It can also be a daunting task. When you know you're ready to make the move, there's a lot to consider, and a lot of steps to take. However, this process doesn't have to be overwhelming if you take the time to do your research and prepare yourself. Thankfully, we have some tips for you to make the transition go even smoother.

Think of the Future

Even though you may not want to get ahead of yourself, thinking ahead about the growth potential of your business in your new space. You'll want to give yourself enough room to grow, and that means perhaps finding a commercial space that may seem a touch too big at first. However, down the line, you'll be thankful for the extra square footage for more desks, more display space, or perhaps a meeting room.

You'll want to make sure your current clientele is aware of your move as well. Send out multiple reminders via e-mail and social media channels to make sure there's no confusion where you'll be when the grand opening comes along. And make sure that grand opening is one to be remembered! Send out press releases, invite the local community, and really start off with one foot in the door.

Prepare Your Space 

Even if it's a new construction, you'll need to do a little bit of preparation before moving into your new space. Getting a deep clean is vital to start off on the right foot, plus it'll assure you'll be passing health and safety inspections when those come around. Hiring a commercial deep cleaner will not only alleviate your stress about making sure you've gotten every nook and cranny, but it will give your business the blanket slate to really make it your own.

Another important aspect you need to prepare your new office is insurance. Commercial insurance that covers every aspect of business on the property is vital. Small business insurance is extremely important, as it will cover your workplace against damage and personal liability. You'll not only be protected, but you'll save yourself tens of thousands of dollars should there be a claim. 

You'll want liability insurance as well as (and it may be a legal requirement), just to protect yourself against any mishaps or accidents that may occur on site. There's two types of liability insurance you'll want to consider: general and professional. General liability insurance covers bodily injury and property damage while professional liability protects your business against errors, be them clerical or not. Both may be the best option for full protection, but based on what your business is, you may only feel the need to purchase one type of liability insurance.

Moving Day

Converting your business from your home into an actual building is stressful enough, don't overdue it and handle moving by yourself. Hiring office movers is a simple and easy way to alleviate a lot of worry, especially when it comes to heavy furniture like desks, bookcases, and filing cabinets. Let them do the heavy lifting and unloading into your new space. All you have to do is to tell them where to put things to make your new brick and mortar business the best it can be.

Make sure to think about the decoration and alignment of furniture in your space as items are moved in. You'll want to create a comfortable atmosphere and vibe, especially for customers and clients. Find inspiration from businesses you admire, study interior design magazines, or just take a walk around your new commercial neighborhood and see how other businesses are set up. Creating a welcoming atmosphere where people want to return is your main goal. Concentrate on soothing, welcoming colors with bits of your personality thrown in.

Moving your business into a commercial space doesn't have to be scary. Let it be exciting, especially with all the thorough preparation you've done. With these tips and your business savvy, you'll be succeeding in no time. 

How to Make Your Interior Paint Job Last Longer in St. Clair Shores

7/17/2019 (Permalink)

How to Make Your Interior Paint Job Last Longer

by Haley Kieser 

June 27, 2019

Are you planning on painting the interior of your home? If so, you’re in for a treat—there’s nothing like a sparkling, fresh paint job to make everything feel brand-new again. If you want to ensure your paint job lasts as long as possible, use our foolproof tips to keep your paint job looking pristine for years to come:   

1. Ensure Walls are Clean

Getting your walls cleaned before painting them is important; otherwise, the dirt and debris that collects on your walls can result in a slippery, uneven texture. This can cause the paint to have a difficult time sticking. Before painting your walls, either hire a professional cleaning service or take the time yourself to thoroughly clean every inch of the surfaces you’ll be painting. The goal is to remove every speck of dirt so that you’re dealing with a smooth, dust-free canvas.  

2. Repair Existing Damage

On that note, while you’re in the process of cleaning your walls, be on the lookout for any damaged surfaces, like cracks or holes. Be sure to patch up holes and repair any damaged areas; that way, you’re painting on a nice, uniform surface, not a bumpy one. This will provide better coverage and make your paint really stick to the walls.  

3. Apply Proper Techniques

Haphazardly slapping paint on your walls probably won’t result in the best-looking paint job. To help ensure that your paint looks great and lasts for years, it’s crucial to use proper painting techniques. First up, it’s a good idea to prime your walls. Primers are designed to help seal the wall and prevent mold. Also, using the right strokes can really make or break your paint job: Work from top to bottom and use V- or W-shaped strokes when rolling to seamlessly cover the walls. Finally, you should also paint each wall one at a time and blend the wet paint you’ve brushed on with the paint you’re rolling. If you want to go back over the paint, wait at least a couple hours before doing so. 

4. Invest in High-Quality Tools

Don’t use old painting materials simply because they're cheap. The quality of tools and materials that you use absolutely impacts how long your paint will last. If your brushes are frayed and stiff, purchase a new brush that will make smoother lines. In addition, consider buying a paint that not only primes, but acts as a sealer as well. Source recommendations from friends and go with the highest rated painting materials out there. 

5. Timing is Everything

Timing is everything. If you're gearing up for a big paint job inside your home, keep in mind that two of the most important factors that determine how well paint dries are humidity and temperature. When there's more moisture in the air, this can lead to peeling paint. In addition, extremely hot temperatures can cause the paint to dry well before you can apply the paint evenly. It's best to paint in a cool, dry environment so that your paint looks good going on and lasts as long as possible.

If the above is too overwhelming...

As always, if you want something done truly well—hire the pros. If you don’t have the time or energy for a home paint job (or you simply want to make sure your paint job looks incredible), contracting a professional painting company to do your dirty work for you is always worth the investment.  

Whether you’ve never painted the inside of your home before or you’re pretty much a professional at this point, it can be helpful to keep the above tips in mind. Even when choosing to hire a painting company, ask the right questions to determine they're the right company for the job. After all, if you're paying for someone to paint your home, you surely want it to last.

Mold, Mold, Everywhere! Mold in you St. Clair Shores business?

7/1/2019 (Permalink)

moldy walls being removed by men in full suits and masks in commercial building Mold, Mold Everywhere!

Mold at your St. Clair Shores business?

Microscopic mold spores exist almost everywhere, outdoors and indoors, making it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy.

Consider the following mold facts:

Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or HVAC systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.

Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.

Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.

Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.

Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent. Give us a call at 586-741-5050 if you have a mold situation that you would like addressed.

Steps to Take After Your St. Clair Shores Business Has Flooded

6/18/2019 (Permalink)

flooded office cubicles Steps to Take After Your Business Has Flooded

Steps to Take After Your Business Has Flooded

by Haley Kieser 

June 7, 2019

Steps to Take After Your Business Has Flooded

When a natural disaster strikes, a lot can happen, especially to your business. Flooding can be catastrophic, especially to a small business owner. If you've found yourself knee-deep in water after a storm or busted water pipe, you'll be wondering what on earth you can possibly do to save your property and your source of income.

There are certain steps one should take when faced with this predicament that can help ease the stress of a flooded business. 

Check with Your Insurance

Most commercial insurance policies won't have flood damage listed, it's typically an add-on. Hopefully this is something you did add to your policy and you'll be able to recoup financial losses with help of your insurance company. Call them immediately, take photographs and video of the damage, and get a claim in as soon as you've assessed all the damage.

If you've found yourself without flood insurance and are in a flood-prone area, definitely seek out a low-cost policy with The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) so you can be prepared for next time. If you're unsure if you're more at risk for flooding, check the historical flood maps in your area or visit the NOAA Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service's page for constantly updated information about flood risk in your area. 

Restore Your Property

One of the most important aspects of recovering your business after a flood is restoring the building and everything within. Chances are there is a lot of damage, be it waterlogged wood, mold, destroyed electrics and appliances, or something else. It's going to be difficult to know where to begin and may seem too overwhelming to tackle. Sanitation is key at this point, as items, waste, and other contaminants will be in the water. Wear protective clothing at all times.

Removing debris and items beyond salvaging via a junk removal company is a low-stress way to start the clean-up process. Only start removing items after you've contacted insurance, have documented everything, and have spoken with a claims adjuster. You will need proof of the damage in full. Once you've done this and everything that can't be saved is out, you can start restoring the business to what it once was.

Begin the Drying Process

All the water will need to be drained, which can be done via private companies with pumps or local agencies who are helping with disaster relief. Knowing what options are available to you, especially low-cost ones are important. Make sure to check base with all local authorities and councils. Dedicated restoration companies are available with teams trained in exactly this sort of work. If you wish to continue your business in the same location, you'll need to make sure all water is removed from the premises and that it's fully dried and sanitary.

If you come across more damage, especially mold, document it and send it along. This is especially true for insulation, carpet, or anything that could have retained too much moisture in your business. Replace anything that has the barest hint of mold. Mold is a serious health concern and isn't something that should be taken lightly.

Remember to Breathe

A flooded business is a major hurdle, but it's one you can overcome. This process will take many weeks, if not months before you're back on your feet. Band together with your community, touch base with your customers about your progress, and know that you're not alone in your struggle. Working with other business who are in the same boat will not only help morale, but you'll be able to work together and perhaps make life a bit easier.