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The Dangers of Soot in your Eastpointe Home

12/12/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage The Dangers of Soot in your Eastpointe Home Soot is Dangerous!

Soot From Even Small Fires Is Dangerous

Often people think flames are the most harmful part of fires, but this isn’t always the case. Smoke and soot can cause even more damage to your health. Even though soot can make you think of Mary Poppins it can be quite damaging to your health. Breathing in soot can cause respiratory distress and other medical issues. To avoid long-lasting damage, soot must be cleaned up as soon as possible.

SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores has the equipment and knowledge to fully rid your home of soot residue. We use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces 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.

At SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores we have on call crews that are available 24/7 for your emergency needs. If disaster strikes, strike back by calling SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores, your Cleanup and Restoration Specialist at (586) 741-5050.

Frozen Pipes in Grosse Point, MI

11/27/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Frozen Pipes in Grosse Point, MI Frozen Pipe

This is the time of year when your home’s pipes could freeze and cause damage and potential flooding

What to do if your pipes freeze:

  • If you turn on your faucets and nothing comes out, leave the faucets turned on and call a plumber.
  • Do not use electrical appliances in areas of standing water. You could be electrocuted.
  • Never try to thaw a pipe with a torch or other open flame because it could cause a fire hazard. Water damage is preferable to burning down your house!
  • You may be able to thaw a frozen pipe using a hair dryer. Start by warming the pipe as close to the faucet as possible, working toward the coldest section of pipe.
  • If your water pipes have already burst, turn off the water at the main shutoff valve in the house; leave the water faucets turned on. Make sure everyone in your family knows where the water shutoff valve is and how to open and close it.

Take the necessary measures to protect yourself and your home from water damage and costly repairs. It is important to know who to call if you ever have a problem! Save our phone number at (586) 741-5050. We are always Here to Help – 24/7 our experts are standing by.

Be Safe With Your Holiday Decorations!

11/26/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Be Safe With Your Holiday Decorations! Holiday Lighting Fire

Holiday Lights and Electrical Decorations Safety Tips

by ESFi.org

Now that Thanksgiving is over, many of us will be decorating our homes for Christmas. While decorative lights and other electrical decorations add to the magic of the season, they can increase the risks of fire and electrical injuries if not used safely.

  • Always purchase electrical decorations and lights from reputable retailers.
  • Use lights approved for safe use by a nationally recognized testing laboratory.
  • Never connect more than three strands of incandescent lights together.
  • Consider purchasing LED lights, which use less energy and run cooler than traditional incandescent lights.
  • Before decorating, determine how many outlets are available and where they are located.  Plan your displays accordingly.
  • Carefully inspect each electrical decoration. Cracked or damaged sockets, loose or bare wires, and loose connections may cause a serious shock or start a fire.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s use and care instructions that accompany electrical decorations.
  • Avoid overloading electrical outlets with too many decorations or electrical devices. They can overheat and cause a fire. 
  • Make sure that cords are not pinched in doors, windows, or under heavy furniture, which could damage the cord’s insulation. 
  • Do not mount or support light strings in a way that might damage the cord’s insulation.
  • Always unplug electrical decorations before replacing bulbs or fuses.
  • Turn off all indoor and outdoor electrical decorations before leaving home or going to sleep

Remember SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores is always Here to Help @ 586-741-5050. Save our phone number in your phone so that you can be Hero Ready if disaster strikes your home or business.

Sewage Cleanup in St. Clair Shores

11/21/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Sewage Cleanup in St. Clair Shores Sewage Cleanup in St. Clair Shores

Water from sewer system backups should be considered very dangerous. The water is grossly unsanitary and may contain bacteria and viruses that could cause serious illness. Special training and equipment are necessary to safely clean this type of contamination.

This St. Clair Shores home had a sewage backup recently. Sewage water ran out of toilets and bathtubs on the first floor, flooding the entire first floor and rained back down into basement, flooding the basement. The main drain pipe was confirmed broken under the slab so the concrete flooring needed to be broken up in order to repair the pipe. Once the pipe was repaired we could commence the cleanup and sanitizing.

24 Emergency Service

Sewage backup should be considered an emergency and dealt with as quickly as possible. We are the water damage restoration specialists with specific training and expertise to safely restore your home or business.

Sewage Backup or Toilet Overflow? Call Us Today – (586) 741-5050

Clogged Toilet in Grosse Pointe, MI?

11/21/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Clogged Toilet in Grosse Pointe, MI? Watch your Toilet During the Holidays!

With the holidays approaching, many of us will be having large family gatherings in our homes. One thing to keep in mind is the majority of those family members will be spending some quality time in our bathrooms! There is nothing worse than a clogged toilet during your festivities.

Fortunately, you can clear most clogs yourself without having to pay a plumber. Most clogs can be cleared with a good plunger or homemade drain cleaner made with hot water, baking soda and vinegar. For deeper clogs, try snaking the drain or using a wet/dry vacuum to do the job.

If all of your efforts fail and you end up with a flooded bathroom you can call the experts at SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores. We are available 24/7 for your emergency needs. Call (586) 741-5050.

Thanksgiving Safety

11/19/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Thanksgiving Safety Happy Thanksgiving!!

Be safe this Thanksgiving. Cooking is the leading cause of fires in the home and of fire injuries, so please follow these safety tips:

  • Make sure your oven is empty before turning it on.
  • Wear short or tight-fitting sleeves when cooking.
  • Turn pot handles inward over the stove.
  • Remember to “stand by your pan” and stay in the kitchen when boiling, frying or broiling.
  • Use a timer when baking or roasting and never leave the house with the oven running.
  • The best way to respond to a stovetop fire is to “put a lid on it” and turn off the heat.
  • The best way to respond to an oven or broiler fire is to keep the doors closed and turn off the heat.
  • If the fire is not quickly snuffed out, leave the house and call 911 from outside.

Remember SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores is always Here to Help @ 586-741-5050. Save our phone number in your phone so that you can be Hero Ready if disaster strikes your home or business

Storm Damage at your St. Clair Shores Home?

11/19/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Damage at your St. Clair Shores Home? Storm Damage at your St. Clair Shores Home?

Storm and flood damage require specialized restoration techniques and equipment. When a storm hits your St Clair Shores home, you need the company with storm damage experience and expertise. SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions.

We're Faster to Any Size Disaster

When a storm hits your St Clair Shores home or business, you need help immediately. Our quick response will help prevent secondary damage and help reduce restoration costs.

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We're Highly Trained Storm Damage Specialists

We are storm and water damage specialists who get started promptly to get your property dry and back to pre-storm condition. Using advanced equipment and scientific drying techniques, we document the drying process to validate your home or business is ready.

  • Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • Applied Structural Drying Technicians

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We Have the Resources to Handle Storms and Disasters

Major storms and flooding events can overwhelm many restoration companies. On the other hand, SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores can access resources from 1,700 Franchises across the state and country and even utilize Disaster Recovery Teams for major storms and disasters.

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We are here for you 24/7. In case of an emergency call SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores (586) 741-5050.

Preparing for Winter in Roseville, MI

11/19/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Preparing for Winter in Roseville, MI Cold Weather is Approaching in Roseville, MI

The cold weather is approaching and here are some tips to prepare your Roseville, MI home.

  • Add more insulation to your attic, if you have one. Heat rises, and will escape through a poorly insulated attic. Fiberglass insulation comes in rolls with paper backing that you can roll and tack up to winterize your home.
  • Caulk cracks around windows and doors to eliminate drafts. Use water resistant caulk on the outside of buildings.
  • Add weather stripping to doors and windows when winterizing buildings.
  • Install outlet gaskets to electric outlets located on outer walls. The gaskets will eliminate drafts when you prepare your house for winter.
  • Clean your furnace, if you have one, and replace the air filter. Dirty air filters clog the flow of air and could start a fire.
  • Service your wood burning stove. Have a professional chimney sweep come out to clean and inspect your wood stove when preparing your house for winter.
  • Close off rooms that are not in use. Try to confine areas in your home that don’t require heating.
  • Stay Safe! Keep our phone number handy in case of any emergency. Call SERVPRO 24/7 @ (586) 741-5050.

Emergency Kit

11/19/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Emergency Kit Be Prepared!

Storms can come at any minute in
Clinton Township, MI. They also can go from calm to very severe just as quickly. Be prepared at your home and business with an Emergency Kit. Ready.gov suggests you have enough supplies to last for at least three days. Below are some suggested items to include in your kit:

- 3-day supply of nonperishable foods

- Water (one+ gallon per person per day)

- First-aid kit

- Prescription medication

- Sleeping bag or blankets

- Fire extinguisher

- Hygiene products

- Flashlights

- Extra batteries

- Cell phone charger

- Change of clothes

- Matches in waterproof container

- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities

- Whistle to signal for help

- Pet supplies

- Infant formula and diapers

- Important documents such as insurance policies, IDs, and bank records in a plastic container

It is also suggested you keep a condensed emergency kit in your vehicle as well. For a more extensive list, go to Ready.gov.

We are here for you 24/7. In case of an emergency call SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores (586) 741-5050.

Ventilate your Home to Prevent Mold

10/9/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Ventilate your Home to Prevent Mold Got Mold?

Ventilate your Home to Prevent Mold

Mold can cause structural damage to your home and intensify health issues such as allergies and asthma. Improving the ventilation in your home is one way to help in mold prevention.

How to Prevent Mold

Mold thrives in warm, damp settings. The best way to prevent it is to eliminate the conditions that contribute to mold:

  • Repair leaking pipes, improperly sealed windows, and other areas where moisture can collect.
  • Inspect your basement and attic for dampness often.
  • Improve your home’s ventilation.

Home Ventilation Methods

The fastest way to improve your home’s ventilation is to open windows when it is not humid outside. Make sure there are no tears or gaps in window screens. When it is not practical to open the windows, install fans in rooms that may grow mold, and use them on occasions when there is the possibility of moisture collecting, such as:

  • In the bathroom when showering
  • In the kitchen while running the dishwasher
  • In the laundry room when the washer and dryer are running
  • In the attic when the relative humidity is high
  • In the basement during and after a rainstorm

Professional Mold Inspection

If you already have a mold problem, SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores can help. We will inspect your property, prepare a remediation plan, and work with your insurance agent to handle the billing aspect. During the mold inspection, we can advise on what steps you should take to improve your home’s ventilation and prevent mold growing in the future. Call SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores for a mold inspection (586)741-5050.