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.
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.
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.
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.
With the lake cresting in St. Clair Shores right now, many local businesses are experiencing flooding. After you call us at 586-741-5050, below are some action steps you can take to help prevent further damage.
Flood Action Steps: BEFORE A FLOOD If an advanced Flood Warning has been issued, there are several precautions that can be taken to help minimize damage to certain areas of your business: Turn off utilities at the main switches or valves if instructed to do so. Disconnect electrical equipment and appliances. Move vehicles out of low lying parking garages. Raise elevators from bottom floor. AFTER A FLOOD SAFETY FIRST Account that all employees are safe by establishing evacuation plans in advance, identifying areas outside the building that are designated meeting places. Assign select individuals to keep a list of their assigned team’s names and contact numbers in order to account for their whereabouts. If water enters the building and evacuation becomes impossible, move to an upper floor, and wait for rescuers. While evacuating, avoid attempting to drive through floods or rising water, nearly half of all flash flood fatalities are auto-related. Do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water. Do not walk through moving water. Even six inches of moving water can make you fall. Use no open flames (there may be gas escaping from ruptured mains). Avoid floodwaters. Water may be contaminated by oil, gasoline or raw sewage. Water may also be electrically charged. Stay out of any building if it is surrounded by floodwaters. Listen for news reports to learn if the community’s water supply is safe to drink. Return only when authorities indicate it is safe.
Concern around Lake St. Clair, flooding in St. Clair Shores
Flood and Water Damage Cleanup Services in St. Clair Shores, Michigan is reaching an all time high as the rains continue through Metro Detroit this week. If you are affected by flooding at your business or home, please call SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores at 586-741-5050.
Concern around Lake St. Clair, flooding in St. Clair Shores
Water is hitting, and in some places covering, the docks at the Harley Ensign Memorial Boat Launch located at the end of S. River Road in Harrison Township.
Photo by Julie Snyder
A pump moves water from an overflowing storm sewer catch basin back into Lake St. Clair on 10 Mile Road in St. Clair Shores.
Photo by Kristyne Demske
“We’re going to all go under here. There is no drainage.”
Ken, Harrison Township mobile home resident
HARRISON TOWNSHIP/ST. CLAIR SHORES — Lake levels are reaching historic highs and experts say those levels are projected to increase during the month of May.
According to a release by the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers on April 26, Lake St. Clair is 8 inches above the level from March, and just 1 inch below the record high from 1986.
“The lake levels are almost at historic highs,” Macomb County Public Works Commissioner Candice Miller said April 30. “And the Army Corp of Engineers predict that they will go up more — 6 inches to a foot.”
The almost sudden rise is the result of a snowy winter in northern Michigan followed by recent rain and easterly winds that caused choppy waters and brought large waves far ashore.
“We had a cold winter, but not a lot of snow,” Miller said. “But they did up north. It all comes down stream.”
Lake St. Clair is up just like all the Great Lakes.
The report by the Corps of Engineers NOAA Center for Operational Oceanic Products and Services International Joint Commission, Detroit District, for Lake Superior is 4 inches above what it was a month ago, while the levels of lakes Michigan, Huron, St. Clair, and Erie are 7 to 8 inches above their levels of a month ago. Lake Ontario has risen 12 inches in the same timeframe.
In addition, all of the Great Lakes are higher than their levels of a year ago, ranging from 3 inches above last year’s level for Lake Erie, to 9 inches above last year’s level at Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. Lake Superior is also just an inch below its April record high levels.
Officials report that all of the lakes are projected to continue their seasonal rise over the next 30 days. Lake Superior, Lake Michigan, and Lake Huron are projected to climb 4 inches, while Lake St. Clair and Lake Erie are predicted to rise an inch. Lake Ontario is forecasted to rise 11 inches over the next month as well.
Miller said it usually peaks around mid-summer.
“The only thing that controls those lake levels is the weather god,” she said. “It’s dangerously high for homeowners.”
It is recommended that those living along the shoreline of Lake St. Clair protect their homes with sandbags. Harrison Township Supervisor Ken Verkest said the township is distributing sandbags to residents and there are four sand piles around the township that can be used for filling them.
Those locations are: Lakeshore Drive and Riverdale Street; Old N. River Road; S. River Road and Father Street; and Jefferson Avenue across from Sunnydale Street.
An 11-year Harrison Township resident who wished to only be referred to by his first name, Ken, said he and his neighbors in the Blue Sky Mobile Home Village on Jefferson Avenue and Crocker Boulevard are concerned what will happen to their homes, as well as the roads, should the water continue to rise.
“We’re going to all go under here,” he said. “There is no drainage.”
Ken said the potential flooding would also further damage the already deteriorating streets around the community.
“These roads are just terrible,” he said.
Miller, a resident of Harrison Township, said many people who experienced the flooding of 1986 eventually raised their lots and seawalls to be better prepared for any future major flood occurrence.
“But that was 30 years ago and there are new residents who have not been through high waters like this,” she said, adding that the Public Works Office is regularly monitoring storm drains and open drains for any backups.
Miller also said that the high lake levels, while a threat to homeowners and businesses in those affected areas, are advantageous to freighters, and boaters. It’s also a good thing for fishing enthusiasts.
Mark Carlson, of Fraser, took advantage of the situation on April 30 and went fishing at the Harley Ensign Memorial Boat Launch at the end of S. River Road.
“I would say it’s up about 2 feet,” said Carlson, who was able to snare a sizable perch and a catfish that morning. “I remember it being up like this in the past. It’s good for boating and good for fishing.”
Flooding in St. Clair Shores
“This is the earliest we’ve seen the lake this high,” said Bryan Babcock, director of Public Works for the city of St. Clair Shores. “Typically, the lake keeps rising between now and the Fourth of July.”
In St. Clair Shores, that’s leading to flooding along Jefferson Avenue in spots where the water is high enough to rise up through the storm sewer catch basins. In certain areas of the city, Babcock said they are able to plug the drain and bypass the stormwater around the plug to keep water off the street.
At the intersection of Lanse Street and Jefferson Avenue, however, it’s a different story.
“There seems to be some conduit of lake water getting to that structure,” he said April 29. “We believe it’s ... an old pipe from as far back as the 1950s that is bringing that lake water to that structure. We’re trying to find a way to seal that up.”
There are other locations in the city, such as at the east end of 10 Mile Road, where the city has a gas pump moving water from the drains through a hose back into the lake.
St. Clair Shores is also distributing sandbags free to residents of that city.
Babcock said that when the wind has been blowing from east to west, the lake has been crashing over seawalls and, in spots, running between houses all the way to Jefferson Avenue.
“It’s a concern and it’s something that we’re definitely looking into,” Babcock said.
Proof of St. Clair Shores residency is required for the sandbags, and residents are asked to take no more than 100 at a time. They are available at the St. Clair Shores Department of Public Works, 19700 Pleasant St.; Civic Arena, 20000 Stephens St.; the Lac Ste. Claire Park guard shack, 27600 Jefferson Ave.; and the Veterans Memorial Park guard shack, 32400 Jefferson Ave. Sand piles will be available for residents to fill the bags in the parking lot of Civic Arena, Lac Ste. Claire park parking lot and the parking lot for Veterans Memorial Park.
Dan Chimelak, co-owner of Lakeside Fishing Shop, 25110 Jefferson Ave. in St. Clair Shores, said that the high east winds are contributing to the elevated levels of Lake St. Clair.
“I keep my boat down in the Detroit River and I had a hard time getting in it,” he said, because he had to climb up into the boat instead of stepping down from the dock. As the captain of a charter fishing boat for 40 years, Chimelak said this is the highest he’s seen the level of the lake.
“The people who live around here ... are worried about it coming into their houses. It was washing over the seawalls,” he said.
Ken Green has lived at his home on the east end of 10 Mile Road in St. Clair Shores for seven years. He said that his home sits higher than some others and the water has still been crashing over his seawall.
His neighbor on the south side of 10 Mile Road, Kirk Carbary, said that he is concerned about flooding in the area. He pointed to a gas pump running behind Green’s property, running water back out to the lake, and said the city put that in April 29.
“It had flooded the whole street,” he said, before the pumping began. “With the height it comes with more logs floating and a lot of debris.”
Tom Joysey owns the Miller Marine BP gas dock, 24770 Jefferson Ave. in St. Clair Shores. He said water from the lake washed over the cement wall April 29, and he’s concerned about water coming into the store. Over the 11 years he’s been in business, he said this is the highest that it’s ever gone.
“People can’t even walk to their boats,” he said.
He said that, typically, the lake either rises or stays at its current level until late June or early July before levels drop, and if lake water continues to wash over seawalls, it can cause irreparable damage, washing out the fill dirt behind the wall and leading it to cave in later.
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When fire or water damage strikes your business, you need professional help to get your property back to business. Every hour spent cleaning and restoring is lost revenue and productivity. SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores has the training, experience, and equipment to make it “Like it never even happened.” Keep our number handy (586) 741-5050.
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!
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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.
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.
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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.
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:
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.
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An accident can happen when you least expect it. Recently a car crashed into a metro Detroit building causing major damage to the business. A catastrophe like this can be disastrous to your business. First of all, review your insurance policy to make sure it would cover the entire loss - structural and contents, before something like this happens.
After protecting and securing the structure, professionals at SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores can begin the restoration process. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So, when as emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.
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.
A large office building in Roseville recently had a fire. The fire was contained to a small portion of the building, but smoke damage was throughout the entire building. Our customer had offices in the majority of the building with smoke damage. Everything in their offices was covered with soot. Unfortunately, their insurance policy did not cover the damage to the contents in the building. In three days, we emptied their portion of the building and disposed of all of the contents in order for the repair work to begin.
If your business property has been affected by a fire, our team of fire damage specialists can help. As a locally owned company, we can respond quickly to your request for assistance with fire damage repair services. Contact SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores today at (586) 741-5050 for assistance. We are always Here to Help!
Vandalism, the criminal act of willfully destroying or defacing property, can create an unpleasant and unsafe atmosphere within your business for employees and customers alike. Graffiti, broken windows, landscape sabotage, destroyed signage and defaced property are widespread forms of vandalism affecting commercial properties. Vandals can cost businesses thousands of dollars in damage to property, image and reputation, not to mention the costs associated with preventing further destruction.
Property Repair and Replacement
Repair and replacement costs may be substantial, depending on the extent of the vandalism. Paint must be bought to cover graffiti, windows have to be ordered to replace those that are broken, and new landscaping materials will have to be purchased and installed if necessary. If you are unable to complete these tasks on your own, you will have to hire someone to do so, adding to the overall cost. Signage may have been bent or scratched beyond repair; therefore, new signage will need to be designed and purchased. In the meantime, your business may be unidentifiable by potential customers.
Loss of Revenue
Vandalism may create the impression of an economically depressed area causing a significant reduction in new and existing customer traffic. Vandalism also discourages business within an affected area, by creating a feeling of diminished safety and security. For instance, graffiti is often associated with gang activity, and a fear of violent criminals can deter customers. This reduction in customer traffic directly affects the amount of sales revenue your company generates. Some companies feel the effects of vandalism so deeply they are forced to move to a different neighborhood just to remain in business.
Tarnished Image and Confidence
Vandalism may tarnish your company’s image and reputation in the eyes of your customers and employees. Customers may associate a lack of caring about the exterior condition of your business with reduced quality or inferior customer service. Employees may lose confidence in the safety of their work area, for fear of encountering the criminal who conducted the vandalism. This could lead to workplace turnover, and all the costs associated with hiring and training new employees.
Increased Crime Potential
The amount and type of vandalism, combined with the length of time before it is removed or repaired, may encourage further vandalism in the area. For example, if graffiti is the chosen communication method between two rival gangs, it will be applied in highly visible areas. If your business is the chosen location, quickly covering the graffiti is recommended to curb the amount of time the message is displayed, as additional, rebuttal graffiti may appear. Neighborhoods rife with graffiti and other vandalism may be attractive to other criminals, as they may perceive it as a lack of caring within the community. For these reasons, simply being located in an area with other vandalism puts your business at risk.
Measures may be taken to improve security and reduce access to your property. Installing visible surveillance cameras and an alarm system can provide a significant deterrent against criminal activity. Erecting fences with ID card access controls and installing better lighting can prevent unwanted individuals from entering your premises. Various types of landscaping can assist with keeping vandals away, such as prickly shrubs or closely planted hedges. While costly, implementing one or more of these measures may save you considerably in the long run.
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Sometimes city storm sewers cannot keep up during a heavy downpour. Flooding can occur suddenly and cause substantial damage. During the holiday weekend, this property had 10-12 inches of water containing sewage in the basement. Our flood damage professionals extracted the water in a timely and cost-effective manner.
SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores has the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial flooding or water damage emergencies. Whether your water emergency occurs in a small office building, big box store, or smaller property, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion.
Call SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores if you experience storm damage to your property – our experts are standing by @ (586) 741-5050.
When you own a business, you have a lot to protect, and the right small business insurance coverage can be important to your continued success.
Imagine if your business had a fire or flood, and equipment, office furniture, supplies, inventory – basically everything was damaged. Then you find out your business only has liability insurance. So not only do you have to pay to have everything removed and discarded, you have to replace everything. You may have been saving money on insurance premiums, but the replacement costs could far outweigh any savings and the expense could actually make your business go under.
Insurance coverages and policies change all the time. Your business may have changed during a coverage year and your policy may no longer be adequate. It’s important to review your policy with your insurance agent annually to make sure you are fully covered in case of a disaster.
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No matter what type of business you conduct at your workplace, fire safety should always be a main concern. Here are a few fire safety tips you can distribute to your staff.
Keep your work area free of waste paper, trash and other items that can easily catch fire.
Check on your electrical cords. If a cord is damaged in any way, replace it. Try not to lay cords in places where they can be stepped on, as this will contribute to deterioration of the protective outside coating.
Don't overload your circuits.
Turn off electrical appliances at the end of each day.
Keep heat producing equipment away from anything that might burn. This includes copiers, coffee makers, computers, etc.
In the Event of a Fire
Upon finding a fire, call 911 immediately and don't hang up with the emergency responder until told to do so.
Close doors when exiting to help limit the spread of smoke and fire throughout the building.
Never use elevators during an evacuation.
Follow the escape plan and meet at a per-determined place outside of your building and away from danger. Conduct a headcount to ensure all of your staff has evacuated.
The best way to ensure the safety of your staff is through fire prevention and preparation. Talk with your staff about fire safety in the workplace today.
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It is estimated that up to 50% of businesses that close due to a disaster, such as fire and flood never reopen! Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place.
Are you “Ready for whatever happens?”
Preparation is a key component for making it through any size disaster, whether it’s a small water leak, a large fire, or an area flood. The best time to plan for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens.
The SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile serves as a quick reference of important building and contact information or can be an ideal supplement to any well-designed emergency preparedness or existing contingency program. Rather than simply reacting to disaster situations, most prefer proactive measures to establish a relationship with a restoration services company.
By working with SERVPRO® of St. Clair Shores to develop your personalized Emergency READY Profile your business will receive the benefit of over 40 years of experience in reducing the impact of any natural or man-made disaster. SERVPRO® is a leader in water and fire damage response and can help you quickly get your property back in working order.
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No Job is too big or too small for SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores! This is pictures of a Biohazard Cleanup we responded to in St. Clair Shores.
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The decontamination of a home or business due to trauma, sewage backups, chemical spills, hoarding, or other biohazards can be both dangerous and emotional. Specialized training and experience is key when choosing a cleanup company to resolve these circumstances.
The SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores' Professionals provide cleanup and recovery services for many biohazard situations. These include the following:
Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences. A failure to properly remove such substances can contribute to unhealthy and dangerous environments. SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores' Professionals are trained to safely clean and remove biohazardous substances and dispose of them properly in accordance with OSHA and health regulations.
Equipped with the necessary safety apparatus and cleaning products, SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores' Professionals are here to help transform any unsafe environments back into clean, safe homes and offices.
For more information, please call our office at 586-741-5050.
The Picture attached is of a business we were able to help cleanup when their sewers backed up. Sewer backups should be considered an emergency since the water may contain viruses, bacteria, and other microbes that cause serious illnesses. SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores' Professionals have specialized training and equipment to quickly and safely clean contaminants like sewage.
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Water damage can be classified by the three types of contaminated water. SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores' Professionals will inspect your home or business to determine the appropriate plan of action for the type of water encountered.
24 Hour Emergency Service
Water contaminated with sewage backup should be considered an emergency situation and dealt with as quickly as possible. SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores' Professionals are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. They are water damage restoration specialists with specialized training, equipment and protective gear to safely restore your home or business.
The three types of contaminated water:
Category 1: "Clean Water"
Category 1 water is from a clean source like a broken water supply line or leaking faucet. If not treated quickly, this water can turn into category 2 or 3, depending on length of time, temperature, and contact with surrounding contaminants.
Water from a clean source like a broken water line
If left untreated, can degrade into category 2 or 3
Category 2: "Gray Water"
Category 2 water is contaminated and could cause discomfort or illness. Examples include washing machine overflow; toilet overflow with some urine, but no feces; or dishwasher overflow.
May contain bacteria and viruses
Can quickly degrade into category 3 if left untreated
Category 3: "Black Water"
Category 3 water is grossly contaminated and could cause severe illness or death if ingested and any contact should be avoided. Examples include flooding from rivers or streams, water from beyond the toilet trap, water from the toilet bowl with feces, or standing water that has begun to support microbial growth.
May contain untreated sewage, harsh chemicals, and microbes.
Water from flooding rivers or sewer backup.
For more information, call our office at 1-586-741-5050.
Our janitorial services are customized to fit your specific needs, and can include any of the following:
Tile and Grout Cleaning
Janitorial & industrial chemicals
Other contract cleaning services as requested
SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores provides janitorial services to a diverse range of businesses in the surrounding areas, including:
Business and administrative offices
And many other types of businesses
Give us a call today to discuss needs at your office or building. We are available 24/7 at (586) 741-5050.
We can also offer your commercial business a FREE Emergency Readiness Profile. You can download the APP for your phone and have your business completely prepared for any kind of emergency you may have. This ERP Plan will also have you listed on a preferred vendor list for us in case of a city wide flooding issues, put your business on the top of our list by calling us today at (586) 741-5050.
Please call SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores at (586) 741-5050, the service professionals specializing in Restoration and Mitigation for all of your commercial and residential property needs. They are faster to any size disaster. As part of the large loss response, they can dispatch crews up to a couple hundred people within 2 hours, for any size loss. They work with every insurance company to make it “Like it never even happened.” Commercial restoration presents unique challenges and they have the training, experience, and resources to handle any size disaster. Below are a few of their specialties:
? Fire, smoke and vandalism cleanup & restoration
? Water damage cleanup and restoration
? Vehicle Impact Cleanup and Board up Services
? Deodorization services
? Biohazard/Crime scene Cleanup
? Mold Remediation
? Contents Cleaning
? Carpet Cleaning (Six methods)
? Upholstery cleaning (Six methods)
? Walls, ceiling and hard surface cleaning
? Floor Maintenance systems
? Pressure Washing
? Complete Commercial and Residential Cleaning Services
Not every home maintenance job requires an all-out assault. Try these quick tasks.
Run out of TV shows for binge watching? Surf the internet from beginning to end? Don't know what to do when bored?
There are many quick household chores good for killing time and sprucing up your residence. Fit one or more of these in the next time boredom strikes.
Change HVAC air filter
Photo by Brandon Smith
Everyone likes to save cash and breathe air that doesn't resemble Beijing in the summertime. You should check air filters for air conditioner and furnace once a month, and change them at least every three months, especially in the summer and winter. Many folks wait longer, to their detriment. The simple rule: If it looks dirty, replace it.
The U.S. Department of Energy says changing home air filters regularly can cut your electricity bill by up to 15 percent. Clean filters help your HVAC system achieve optimal functionality and extend its life.
Dusting, cleaning kitchen cabinets
Photo by Summer Galyan
For those whose kitchen cabinets aren't flush with the ceiling, when was the last time you looked on top? Even people who keep their cabinet interiors tidy often find tops that look like something out of the Dust Bowl.
If your cabinets need a good once-over, grab a chair, a rag and your dust spray. You'll have it done in no time. To make the job easier in the future, line the top with wax paper, which you can simply remove when the sheets become dusty.
Clean garbage disposal
Photo by Katelin Kinney
Does your sink smell like last Wednesday's tuna casserole? Whether you own the best garbage disposal on the market or an inexpensive one, they all need a freshening every now and then. With a few common household items, you can make your own garbage disposal cleaner.
Pour a half cup of baking soda and one cup of white vinegar down your disposal, then follow five minutes later with three cups of hot water. Pour in two cups of ice and one cup of salt, then run the faucet on cold until that dissolves. Finally, cut a lemon in half, and with the cold water and disposal running, put each half down in 10-second intervals.
Clean refrigerator coils
Yes, your refrigerator contains coils, and they're very important. Cleaning them twice annually can save you more than $100 a year in energy costs and keep the repairman at home. Check out this video on how to do the job right, and remember to unplug the fridge, or dirty coils will be the least of your problems:
Quick home inspection
Hopefully, you'd notice home exterior damage like what's shown in the photo below, but it usually isn't so dramatic. High winds, storms, animals, birds and kids all can cause dings to siding, brick, gutters and more, that might escape initial view.
Crawl low under any smoke to your exit - heavy smoke and poisonous gases collect first along the ceiling.
When the smoke alarm sounds, get out fast. You may have only seconds to escape safely.
If there is smoke blocking your door or first way out, use your second way out.
Smoke is toxic. If you must escape through smoke, get low and go under the smoke to your way out.
Before opening a door, feel the doorknob and door. If either is hot, leave the door closed and use your second way out.
If there is smoke coming around the door, leave the door closed and use your second way out.
If you open a door, open it slowly. Be ready to shut it quickly if heavy smoke or fire is present.
If you can’t get to someone needing assistance, leave the home and call 9-1-1 or the fire department. Tell the emergency operator where the person is located.
If pets are trapped inside your home, tell firefighters right away.
If you can’t get out, close the door and cover vents and cracks around doors with cloth or tape to keep smoke out. Call 9-1-1 or your fire department. Say where you are and signal for help at the window with a light-colored cloth or a flashlight.
If your clothes catch fire, stop, drop, and roll – stop immediately, drop to the ground, and cover your face with your hands. Roll over and over or back and forth until the fire is out. If you or someone else cannot stop, drop, and roll, smother the flames with a blanket or towel. Use cool water to treat the burn immediately for 3 to 5 minutes. Cover with a clean, dry cloth. Get medical help right away by calling 9-1-1 or the fire department.
We hope this will never happen to you, but it is best to know what to do in case. If you ever need us, we are available 24/7 for your emergency needs at SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores at 586-741-5050.
In a post construction cleanup we usually recommend that all of your surfaces be washed down to remove the dust that has settled.
Standard areas that to be included would be: cabinets, countertops, appliances, furniture, walls, ceiling fans, doors and door frames, tub and tiles. We would also wash the windows and window frames, and mirrors.
Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning
If you have carpeting in your home and have had construction dust seep into the rooms with carpets, it should be a priority to have your carpets and upholstery cleaned in those areas. Carpet and upholstery can hold a tremendous amount of airborne particulate and dust. The only way to remove it is to have your carpets and furniture steam cleaned.
We offer 7 different types of carpet cleaning. Call us today to discuss what might be best for you. Our methods of carpet cleaning are very deep cleaning and will remove the dust, pollen, mould and other indoor air quality pollutants.
Health benefits aside, having your carpets cleaned will enhance the esthetic beauty of your carpets and ensure they last longer as well.
HEPA Filter Rental Services
While having your home or business renovated, it can be extremely beneficial to have an air scrubber present during the working hours. An air scrubber is a very high powered commercial grade HEPA filter that removes the dust and indoor air pollutants, and VOCs from the air.
By having an air scrubber, (also known as a negative air machine) cleaning the air in your home there will be a much lower amount of dust that settles on your surfaces as well as in the air that you will be breathing in.
Make us a part of your next project and call SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores at (586) 741-5050.
Post construction clean-up is another service that SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores offers. We offer services for commercial buildings to post construction cleanup in new construction builds or as small as a kitchen remodel in your home.
Just a few of the services we provide for construction cleanup:
*Carpet, resilient and non-resilient floor prep
*Ceiling, walls, and Hard Floors
*Air Duct Cleaning
*Board up Services
*Drywall Dust Removal
*Move-outs and Content Cleaning
Why not leave the heavy lifting and cleaning to the Pro’s here at SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores. We can make it look "Like it never even happened." Call us today at (586) 741-5050
We are no just for emergency services or insurance claim, we offer much, much more! Call us today or check us out on Facebook at SERVPROSCS.
Grab your friends and volunteer for community service-for class credit, experience, or just because.
Performing community service is about as fun as having a root canal while taking a final exam in calculus, right? Wrong!
Serving your community benefits others while giving you enriching life experience that can also help you get into the college of your choice. Do it for others and for yourself.
Try some of these community service ideas for teens, and you’ll see how fun volunteering can be.
1. Become a camp counselor for younger kids
Yes, it can be tiresome to run after a bunch of rowdy teens, but you’ll get to go to camp for a free or reduced price! Plus, since you’ll be volunteering all day long, your community service project hours will add up quickly!
2. Join a community service project at school
Investigate if your high school offers clubs such as Key Club, Interact Club or Sparrow Club. These organizations can provide a wealth of community service ideas, and the resources to get them done.
When you join a community service club, you’ll have dozens of opportunities to get involved with volunteering. You’ll also make new friends who go to the same school as you. You can even run to become a club officer.
3. Paint faces at a carnival or elementary school fair
You’ll need to buy materials, such as paints, paint brushes and towels—or better yet, see if you can borrow supplies from someone. Before you start painting on faces, practice making your designs on paper. Have fun, and use your creativity. Don’t forget to clean up afterwards!
4. Work in the park
Your city’s Parks and Recreation department could use your help in a variety of ways. Call them up and ask what you can do. You might work on a painting project or plant flowers at a playground. These projects will really spruce up your city!
5. Help out families at your local hospital
Offer to sew colorful baby blankets to donate to the hospital’s neonatal unit. It can be stressful to have a premature infant, but seeing their child wrapped in a cute homemade blanket could brighten a parent’s day!
6. Teach your talent
Are you skilled at a sport? Are you an art pro? Call a daycare or after school program to see if you could teach weekly lessons on your favorite hobby.
7. Visit a nursing home
With your classmates or teen friends, organize a dinner and game party at a local retirement home. Some people could prepare the food, others can serve it, and others could organize the games. Interact with the senior citizens, and award prizes to the winners of the games.
8. Plan a food drive
Invite a bunch of friends to your house. Before they come, make a scavenger hunt list with items like canned vegetables and boxed dinners. Split your friends into two teams, and give each team a list. The teams should go door-to-door, asking neighbors for the items. The first team to return with everything on the list wins! Donate all of the food to a food bank.
9. Help someone study
What’s your best subject in school? Talk with your counselor to see if your school has (or is planning to start) a peer-tutoring program for which you could volunteer.
10. Be creative
Design your own homemade greeting cards. Ask to hand them out at a nursing home or a soup kitchen. It will put a smile on someone’s face.
You have so much to offer their community. When we shine a light for others, we also light our own path. Consider one or more of these community service ideas for teens or adults.
From our Family to yours, we are always Here to Help. Keep us in mind for any disasters you may be affected by this time of year. We are available 24/7 for your restoration or cleaning needs. SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores at (586) 741-5050.
Spring cleaning only lasts so long! Use these 5 tips to keep your house clean this summer.
Spring cleaning only lasts so long! Use these 5 tips to keep your house clean this summer.
Although the weather’s nice and the sun is shining, summer often presents some unique messes. From grass stains to dollops of melted ice cream, summer can be challenging — unless you know the tricks of the trade.
Use these fivetips to keep your house clean and organized throughout the hot season.
1. Bathroom Whether it’s washing off the dirt from a day in the garden or sweat from your kids’ sports game, your shower is likely to see more use during the summers. Be sure to remind everyone to keep a window open or the fan on during every shower to prevent humidity (which is the perfect environment for mold).
That being said, summer is a great time to go through what’s in the shower rack and under the sink. Toss out any empty bottles and take inventory of things you need (sunscreen for instance).
If you live in an area especially humid during the summers, be sure to wipe down any surfaces that accumulate moisture to prevent hard-water stains and mildew.
2. Patio/Deck Furniture Summer is the time for eating outdoors. Whether you’re firing up the grill or hosting a potluck, you’ll most likely be spending a lot of time on your patio this season.
Cleaning the patio isn’t hard, either! You only need 30 minutes and a little elbow grease, and you’ll be on your way.
When it comes to patio furniture, you can use a gentle mixture of detergent and clean water give it a good scrub down. Check cushions for laundering instructions.
If you find any rust on metal furniture, sand it down and rinse it off. This might require multiple rounds depending on how much rust there is.
Tip: Spring rains can cause corrosion on a lot of equipment outside. Use our guide to painting outdoor décor for a like-new finish on everything!
3. Laundry Room The key to prepping the laundry room for a summer full of washing, drying and folding grass-stained T-shirts and shorts is organization.
Clear the laundry room of empty bottles and boxes that may have accumulated, and be sure to pack away any cold-weather clothing to make room for the inevitable baskets and hampers of dirty clothes. The less cluttered the room, the easier it will be to sort clothes. The easier it is to sort clothes, the faster the process will be.
Since summer presents an entirely different set of stains you’d encounter in most other seasons (condiments, ice cream, grass, dirt), you’ll no doubt need to be able to sort what clothes needs pretreating and those you can simply toss into the washer — which may require more room than you’d think!
4. Kitchen Hot temperatures cause a stinky reminder that this is a great time to give your garbage can a scrub down. While spring cleaning is all about organizing and surfaces, summer is the perfect time to get into the nitty gritty of everything else in the kitchen — like appliances.
While cleaning the toaster involves just removing a bottom plate that catches crumbs and shaking out any bits of bread between the slots, appliances that see heavier use, like a microwave, need a little more attention. The biggest, of course, being your oven.
Tip: Speed up the kitchen-cleaning process with our guide to getting it done in 30 minutes.
5. The Pantry Even if your house is sparkling clean when you walk through, there’s something about a pantry that gets overlooked. This is the perfect time to organize all the usable items (after throwing away the expired or “why-did-I-buy-this?” kinds of foods, of course) for easy access — because there’s nothing worse than a house full of people rummaging for something in the very back of the pantry and knocking everything over in the process!
Tip: Cleaning the pantry is more than organizing! Pantries are renowned for collecting mysterious crumbs and debris. Use our five-step pantry cleanout guide to maximize your time!