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Propane Heater Safety Tips for St. Clair Shores Businesses?

5/17/2022 (Permalink)

Propane Heater We restore commercial fire damage 24-hours a day in Macomb County.

Our local team in St. Clair Shores responds to commercial fire damage emergencies throughout the year. More businesses are using propane heaters to keep customers and employees warm on chilly days and nights. Here is some information from the National Fire Protection Association for using outdoor propane heaters safely:

Propane Patio Heaters

For patio heaters that use integral LP-Gas containers with a capacity greater than 1.08 lb. (0.49 kg), NFPA 1 requires that the heaters be listed by an organization acceptable to the authority having jurisdiction (AHJ).

Propane heaters need to be used in accordance with their listing and manufacturer instructions. Prior to using a propane heater, refer to the manufacturer’s instructions for information such as the following:

  • Necessary clearances from the heating element
  • Proper ventilation required
  • Proper inspection, cleaning, and maintenance procedures
  • Lighting and shutdown procedures
  • Where the heater can and cannot be used (for example, heaters cannot be used in enclosed locations)
  • Procedures for properly storing heaters

The restrictions for using propane heaters are also based on the occupancy in which they are used. For example, in assembly occupancies, such as restaurants with 50 or more occupants, heaters cannot be located within 5 ft (1.5 m) of the exits. Regardless of where they are used, if a heater uses propane hoses, they must be as short as possible, visible, and protected from damage.

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When your St. Clair Shores home or commercial business needs fire damage restoration services, our team in St. Clair Shores is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 586-741-5050.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

High Wind Advisory for St. Clair Shores?

5/9/2022 (Permalink)

A woman stands next to the shoreline with windblown hair. We are trusted leaders in storm damage restoration services in Macomb County.

Our local team in St. Clair Shores has years of experience restoring storm damage in St. Clair Shores. High winds can turn tree limbs and patio furniture into flying projectiles. To prepare for high winds:

  • Remove any dead trees or overhanging branches near structures
    • Remove loose objects outdoors, on patios, roofs, or balconies that could blow away
    • Shutter windows securely and brace outside doors
    • Bring in unsecured objects from outside and secure things that could blow away and cause damage or injury

Here are the definitions for winds and wind alerts from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration:

High Wind Warning: Take Action! Sustained, strong winds with even stronger gusts are happening. Seek shelter. If you are driving, keep both hands on the wheel.

High Wind Watch: Be Prepared! Sustained, strong winds are possible. Secure loose items and adjust plans as necessary so you’re not caught outside.

Wind Advisory: Take Action: Strong winds are occurring but are not so strong as to warrant a High Wind Warning. Objects that are outdoors should be secured, and caution should be taken if driving.  

Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Take Action! A thunderstorm is happening or is imminent in the warning area. Severe thunderstorms have wind gusts of 58 miles per hour and or hail one inch or larger. Seek shelter inside a sturdy building.

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When your St. Clair Shores home or business needs storm damage restoration services, our team in St. Clair Shores is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 586-741-5050.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

How Will the Fire Damage Be Restored in My St. Clair Shores Home?

5/4/2022 (Permalink)

The second story of a home is damaged by fire. We restore fire damage 24-hours a day in Macomb County.

Our local team in St. Clair Shores has the training, equipment, and experience necessary to complete restorations from the initial clean-up phase to the restoration phase, including any construction services needed to return the property to pre-damage condition. 

We follow a comprehensive, seven-step process:

Step 1: Emergency Contact

Our representative will ask questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us respond immediately with the appropriate equipment and resources. 

Step 2: Inspection and Assessment

Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service

We will board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs. 

Step 4: Water Removal and Drying

The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes most of the water. We then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process. 

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot

We use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces. 

Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing

We clean, sanitize, and disinfect all of the restorable items. We’re also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.

Step 7: Restoration

Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet, or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

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When your St. Clair Shores home or commercial business needs fire damage restoration services, our team in St. Clair Shores can help. Call us today at 586-741-5050.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Fire, Smoke, and Soot Damage in My St. Clair Shores Home?

4/25/2022 (Permalink)

The second story of a home has fire damage. We have the training, equipment, and experience to restore fire damage in Macomb County.

When you have fire damage, you’ll want to hire a professional company that can handle every phase of the restoration. Our team in St. Clair Shores is trained and certified to perform a full range of restoration services, giving our customers one convenient point of contact for the entire restoration. Here is a Google review from a customer that had fire damage:

“We had a fire that caused tens of thousands of dollars' worth of damage to our home and seriously disrupted our lives. Josh and Jenny were life-savers, coming in while we were still in shock and helping us make sense of what we needed to do and working directly with our insurance company. They immediately prioritized air quality/smoke removal to protect our health and safety and then carefully handled the cleaning, removal, and storage of our belongings and other mitigation steps. They certainly earned all of the trust we placed in them and, along with the entire team, including Missy, Steven, Christy, Tom, and others, treated our home with respect and professionalism as if it were their own. We relied on them so much, and they were always patient with our constant questions. Ultimately, we felt like we had good friends helping us in a bad situation. Highly recommend!

Service: Fire damage cleanup & repair

Positive: Professionalism, Punctuality, Quality, Responsiveness, Value

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When your St. Clair Shores home or commercial business needs fire damage restoration services, our team in St. Clair Shores can help. Call us today at 586-741-5050.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Bad Odor in St. Clair Shores Business?

4/19/2022 (Permalink)

A woman holds her nose to avoid smelling a bad odor. We are trusted leaders in odor removal services in Macomb County.

There is nothing more off-putting than walking into a building and being exposed to a foul smell. Our team in St. Clair Shores is trained and certified to identify and neutralize nasty odors in commercial businesses and homes. Odor identification and removal can be challenging as odors may derive from many sources inside and outside the building. Our technicians are trained and certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) to identify and eliminate offensive odors. We never mask odors or take shortcuts as these methods do not work.

Odor Identification

The first step is to identify the source of the smell and locate where the odor is contacting surfaces. Sometimes the odors originate from more than one location in the building.

Odor Elimination Process

Once we identify the cause of the odor and determine the conditions where it contacts surfaces, the odor can often be removed over time without a trace. Our technicians use several odor removal products capable of thoroughly penetrating surfaces to neutralize unpleasant scents.

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When your St. Clair Shores commercial business or home needs odor removal services, our team in St. Clair Shores can help. We’ll remove the odor, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 586-741-5050.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Tips for Protecting Your Possessions From Water Damage in Warren?

4/13/2022 (Permalink)

A stack of watertight plastic storage bins is shown. We are trusted leaders in water damage restoration services in Macomb County.

Water damage can happen at any time. One way to protect your possessions is to store your belongings in waterproof plastic containers. Our team in St. Clair Shores responds to water damage emergencies in Warren throughout the year, and we offer helpful information from the Insurance Information Institute for protecting your possessions from water damage:

Protect your possessions from water damage

Store off-season and other bulk belongings in waterproof bins, especially in areas with plumbing pipes or areas prone to dampness, such as basements and attics.

Never store valuables or memorabilia where there is a risk of destruction from water. Water and dampness also bring with it the threat of mold damage.

Keep belongings stored on shelving off the floor in basements. In case of water seepage or sewer backup, they're less likely to get damaged.

Keep an up-to-date home inventory. Having a comprehensive list of your possessions will save time, trouble, and stress in case of loss from water damage.

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Water is invasive and can penetrate into and underneath anything in its path. When your Warren home or commercial business needs water damage restoration services, our team in St. Clair Shores can help. We typically arrive within four hours of your call. Call us today at 586-741-5050.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Advanced Technology Used to Restore Water Damage in St. Clair Shores Home?

4/5/2022 (Permalink)

Technicians set up air blowers to remove excess moisture from a kitchen. We restore water damage 24-hours a day in Macomb County.

Water damage can happen at any time and for any number of reasons. Pipes burst, appliances fail, and toilets overflow at all times of the day and night. Our local team in St. Clair Shores uses advanced technology to detect, remove, and dry areas compromised by water damage. Here are some of the advanced technology we use to restore water damage in St. Clair Shores:

Moisture Detection and Measurement

  •  Surface moisture meters
  •  Infrared imagery
  •  Evasive moisture detectors
  •  Video borescope

Water Extraction

We use powerful extraction equipment to speed the drying process by removing the bulk of the water from your home or business.

  • Submersible and gas-powered pumps for continuous pumping of high-level water
  • Truck-mounted and portable extraction units perform efficient water removal

Drying

We use industrial-strength air movers and dehumidifiers to remove the remaining moisture from ceilings, walls, and floors. Proper drying helps to prevent swelling and warping of floors, walls, and furniture.

  • High-speed air movers cause moisture to evaporate at a faster pace
  • Industrial grade dehumidifiers pull the water vapor from the air

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When your St. Clair Shores home or business needs water damage restoration services, our local team in St. Clair Shores is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 586-741-5050.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Fast Emergency Response Time Saves St. Clair Shores Customers Money?

3/29/2022 (Permalink)

Red numbers and letters read 24h, and a stopwatch leans against them. We respond to water damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Macomb County.

Do you know that water can cause severe damage to your St. Clair Shores home or business in less than one hour? Water is invasive, and it will seep into and underneath everything in its path. Our local team in St. Clair Shores uses powerful water extraction and drying equipment to minimize the damage water can cause. We document and monitor the drying process to ensure the area is returned to normal moisture levels. Here is a water damage timeline to describe the damage water can do in one day:

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain
  • A musty odor appears

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When your St. Clair Shores home or commercial business has a water damage emergency, every minute counts. Our local team in St. Clair Shores will clean and restore the damage quickly and efficiently, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 586-741-5050.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

What Causes Water Seepage in My St. Clair Shores Basement?

3/21/2022 (Permalink)

Paint on a damp basement wall is peeling and bubbling.  We are leaders in water restoration services in Macomb County.

Have you noticed a damp smell or paint bubbling or pulling away from your basement walls? If so, you may have an issue with water seepage in your basement. Our local team in St. Clair Shores responds to water damage emergencies throughout the year, and many of them involve water damage in basements. According to the Insurance Information Institute, there are five common causes for water seepage and basement leaks.

Lateral pressure: When the soil surrounding your basement absorbs water and expands, it creates stress on your basement walls, causing them to crack, allowing water to seep into the structure.

Hydrostatic pressure: Similar to lateral pressure, hydrostatic pressure can cause buckling and cracking of the walls and foundation of a house.

Poor landscaping: If the grade of the soil around your foundation runs towards your foundation, your basement can flood.

Clogged window wells: If your window wells are filling with water, your window wells may be improperly installed, or the drain is clogged.

Leaky pipes: Inspect your plumbing systems, starting with their entry into the basement to where it leaves, including the sewer line. Make repairs as required.

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When your St. Clair Shores home or commercial business has water damage, our local team in St. Clair Shores will clean and restore the damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 586-741-5050.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Fire Damage in Eastpointe Business?

3/16/2022 (Permalink)

A large plume of smoke fills the air above a commercial building on fire. We restore fire damage for Macomb County businesses.

Every fire leaves behind a unique signature of materials based on what fueled the fire. SERVPRO® of St. Clair Shores uses a variety of smoke odor removal systems to neutralize and remove smoke odors in Eastpointe.

Air Scrubber or Filter: Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system air scrubber or HEPA air purifier captures larger smoke molecules. There will still be some residual odor from smaller molecules or surface residues.

Ozone Generator: An ozone generator is a fast and highly effective smoke odor restoration method. These machines emit ozone, which follows the same paths through the air as smoke and oxidizes any residual traces in the air or on surfaces.

Thermal Fogging: An intensive treatment involving fogging machines. After residents evacuate, smoke cleaning professionals fill a structure with petroleum distillates that neutralize odors, and then they ventilate the area.

Hydroxyl Generator: These machines rely on ultraviolet light to generate hydroxyl radicals that eliminate smoke odors. It will take about three to five days of continuous operation to achieve the same results as a single ozone treatment.

Vapor Modification: This odor elimination method relies on aromatic compounds and a blower or fan to neutralize smoke odor.

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When your Eastpoint business or home has fire damage, SERVPRO® of St. Clair Shores’s technicians will clean and restore the fire damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 586-741-5050.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.