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Emergency Ready Profile Will Help in a Disaster

1/19/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Emergency Ready Profile Will Help in a Disaster Photo property and courtesy of Ian Kushnir; Doubledeuce Fireimages; Dearborn, Michigan.

Up to 50 percent of businesses that suffer a disaster may never reopen. Of those that do survive, the majority had an emergency readiness plan in place before disaster strikes. SERVPRO of Dearborn offers Emergency READY Profile to help prepare your business for the unthinkable.

The ERP offers:
• A no cost assessment of your facility
• A concise profile of critical information needed in the event of an emergency
• A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster
• Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin
• Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information

Preparation is key to minimizing disasters. Whether it is a small water leak, a large fire, or an area flood, having a plan can minimize the time your business is closed and get you back to work after a disaster.

SERVPRO® of Dearborn provides 24-hour disaster mitigation service. We specialize in the restoration of homes and businesses suffering losses from fire, water, soot, smoke, wind and storm damage. Our locally owned and operated 24/7 response team is just a phone call away. 313-359-3457

Do and Don't of Mold

1/12/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Do and Don't of Mold Proper mold remediation is a complicated operation

If you see mold in your mold or office, do not disturb the area. Touching the mold or moving things in the area can inadvertently spread the mold infestation. When disturbed, mold can release microscopic spores, which may become airborne and circulate inside your home or office.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans
  • Contact SERVPRO of Dearborn for mold remediation services

What Not to Do:

  • Do not touch or disturb the mold
  • Do not spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold
  • Do not blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth
  • Do not attempt to dry the area yourself

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO® of Dearborn specializes in mold cleanup and restoration. Our crews are highly trained mold remediation professionals using specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

About Us
SERVPRO® of Dearborn provides 24-hour disaster mitigation service. We specialize in the restoration of homes and businesses suffering losses from fire, water, soot, smoke, wind, and storm damage. Our locally owned and operated 24/7 response team is just a phone call away. 313-359-3457

Water Cleanup Process

1/12/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Cleanup Process Just one example of our various water extraction machines

Water damage is caused by many different sources, with varying degrees of potential danger and damage. With so many different materials and surfaces in any house, many homeowners wonder how SERVPRO® of Dearborn handles a large water damage cleanup. Our technicians are trained in controlling and repairing water damage in Dearborn area homes.
 
Identifying the Source and Water Type
The first step is properly identifying the water type and its source. Determining whether it is came from a storm, flood, sewer back up or burst pipe is important. Whatever the source, it must be stopped before we can begin working to restore the property. Depending on the source of the water, it is categorized as clean, gray, or black. Each type has its own unique safety and cleanup protocol.
 
Surveying Damage and Mold
Once we understand what type of water and its damage we have, our technicians search the home with moisture detection equipment to find out what has been affected. Additionally, we look for signs of mold growth to determine which issue is the most pressing.
 
Furniture and Water Removal
The next step is removing the furniture from affected areas, and pumping out water if necessary. Our industrial-grade machinery pumps water from the home with either a portable or a truck-mounted pump.
 
Drying and Odor Treatments
Once the water is removed we bring in commercial drying and deodorizing equipment. This ensures the affected area is dry thus preventing new mold growth and eliminating odors. Any affected furniture and household items like clothing is typically cleaned and dried at our facility. We can also store your items until all the repairs and renovations are complete.

Carpet Removal and Final Cleaning
If possible we try to save the carpet. In some fortunate cases we are able to dry, clean and sanitize the carpet and padding. In other cases, part or all of the carpeting in the affected area will need replacing. We will remove and dispose of any damaged carpet and padding. The removal of this allows us to be certain the sub-floor and wall bases are also dry and sanitized. Once your floor is resurfaced as you wish, we will return any of your items we may have stored for you.

About SERVPRO of Dearborn
SERVPRO® of Dearborn provides 24-hour disaster mitigation service. We specialize in the restoration of homes and businesses suffering losses from fire, water, soot, smoke, wind and storm damage. Our locally owned and operated 24/7 response team is just a phone call away. 313-359-3457

Water in Commercial Buildings

1/5/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Water in Commercial Buildings SERVPRO of Dearborn has specialized equipment for commercial buildings

Work Place Water Damage is Restored by SERVPRO

Water damage in commercial buildings is a surprisingly frequent occurrence. Some of the most common causes of water damage to commercial buildings are as follows:
 
1. Malfunctioning sprinkler systems
Sprinkler systems work in concert with fire protection systems. While sprinklers are crucial during a fire emergency, they can also cause significant flood damage if they malfunction.

2. Damaged appliances and equipment
If your business has any type of equipment which uses water, you may be at risk for water damage. When appliances fails, water will travel unimpeded around your building. If this happens outside your regular business hours, you could have a substantial amount of water by the time you reopen.
 
3. Broken pipes and plumbing
Plumbing in a commercial building is used far more frequently than residential systems. This extra stress can cause the system to fail much sooner than private systems.
 
4. Backed up sewer lines
Commercial sewer line are susceptible to back ups just like residential lines. Should the sewer line to your building back up, realize there are potential dangers in the water coming into your space. Regardless of the color and clarity of the water, any water coming through the sewer line is dirty and is a biohazard.

SERVPRO of Dearborn has specially trained staff and industrial equipment to clean, sanitizer and deodorize any water damage in your commercial building of any size. We are always here to help.

About SERVPRO of Dearborn
SERVPRO® of Dearborn provides 24-hour disaster mitigation service. We specialize in the restoration of homes and businesses suffering losses from water, flood, wind, storm, fire and smoke damage. Our locally owned and operated 24/7 response team is just a phone call away. 313-359-3457

Freezing Weather and Your Home

1/2/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Freezing Weather and Your Home A small steady drip can keep your pipes from freezing.

Metro Detroit’s freezing temperatures show no sign of relenting. SERVPRO of Dearborn has some tips to help homeowners and businesses stave off the damaging effects of this historic weather front. Frozen and ruptured pipes can be avoided with a little forethought.

  • Turn both hot and cold taps on just enough to keep them slowly dripping.
  • Open cabinet doors under sinks to allow warm room air to circulate around the pipes.
  • Disconnect all hoses from outside spigots. If possible, shut off valves to these spigots.
  • Keep your home’s temperatures above 65 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Show everyone in your home how to operate the main water shutoff valve in case of emergency.
  • If you rent a home or business space, have contact information for your maintenance department.
  • Keep the fireplace flue closed when not in use. Be certain it is open before using the fireplace.
  • If you leave your home for even a few days, have neighbor check on your place. Broke pipes cause can cause catastrophic flooding and mold damage in a few hours.
  • Check your gutters and downspouts for ice dams.

One final but important tip, be sure to walk around your home checking the gutters and downspouts for ice damns. An ice dam forms when heated air melts snow on the roof. The melt runs downward until it becomes trapped behind still-frozen ice near the gutters. When the trapped water cannot run into the gutter system, it can back up under the shingles and into the structure causing water and structural damage, as well as potential mold growth.

About SERVPRO of Dearborn
SERVPRO® of Dearborn provides 24-hour disaster mitigation service. We specialize in the restoration of homes and businesses suffering losses from water, flood, wind, storm, fire and smoke damage. Our locally owned and operated 24/7 response team is just a phone call away. 313-359-3457

Water Emergencies Great and Less

12/22/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Emergencies Great and Less We are always available for your emergency

SERVPRO of Dearborn is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today – 313-359-4357 

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused and stressed. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Dearborn has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Dearborn

SERVPRO of Dearborn specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Flooding in a Commercial building

11/28/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Flooding in a Commercial building Hotels are just one examples of business which cannot close even during an emergency.

Trust SERVPRO of Dearborn to Get Your Business Open After Flooding

A water loss in a commercial building cannot wait for clean up. Fortunately, SERVPRO of Dearborn has the equipment, training and experience to eliminate the effects of any plumbing failure and keep the doors open.

Commercial carpets are typically much easier to dry that residential carpet as they do not have a pad underneath and rest on a concrete floor. Also the service areas tend to be larger and more accessible. These factors make drying less complicated than a residential water loss. Although each case is unique, the typical process is as follows...

SERVPRO of Dearborn technicians use extraction wands to remove water from the floor. Depending on the size of the area, we use either hand-held wands, similar to wet/dry vacuum found in most home workshops or a much larger device a team member stands on to drive across the room. We can extract several large rooms in just a matter of hours. 

Technicians then set up dehumidifiers to remove moisture from the air. They also strategically place units to draw out water absorbed into the walls. Each of our machines can remove over 25 gallons per day.
 
To aid the dehumidifiers, we set up fans to draw in warm, dry air replacing the cold, damp air. To dry the structure, technicians install air movers which blow heated air into walls and ceilings to expedite drying.
 
Flooding does not mean shutting down a business for weeks or even days. SERVPRO of Dearborn can help you reopen your doors quickly. If you need our services, call today at (313) 359-4357.

Got Mold?

11/17/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Got Mold? A qualified Indoor Air Quality/Environmental Professional tests mold in a residence.

Mold can be confusing and frightening. If you see or suspect mold in your home or office, SERVPRO of Dearborn can help. Our specially trained SERVPRO technicians will inspect your property and determine how much area is affected. If more than 10 square foot of mold is found in your space, an Indoor Air Quality/Environmental Professional will assess and identify the mold, then set the protocol for remediation in your space.

Indoor Air Quality/Environmental Professionals use specialized skills and training to evaluate the quality of the air inside structures and test for the presence of mold. Using an array of testing devices, they collect air and surface samples to compare the indoor mold spore count to the outdoor environment. If you have concerns or questions about mold in your home or office, SERVPRO of Dearborn is happy to assist you in locating a qualified Indoor Air Quality/Environmental Professional.

Our technicians care about proper restoration of your property. In many water damage situations, excessive mold growth is not a problem and we can safely restore your building to pre loss condition. 

If you suspect mold, call SERVPRO of Dearborn at 313-359-4357. We will make your water damage "Like it never even happened." 

Change Your Clock, Change Your Batteries

10/27/2017 (Permalink)

General Change Your Clock, Change Your Batteries Change your clock, change your battery!

In just a few days, we will “fall back” as Daylight Saving Time ends 2 a.m., Sunday, November 5. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends testing your smoke alarms and checking the batteries at the same time. Approximately two-thirds of home fire deaths happen in homes with no alarms or alarms that didn’t function due to missing, disconnected or dead batteries.

NFPA, an international organization whose mission is to "reduce the burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life", offers the following guidelines for smoke alarms:

  • Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button.
  • Make sure everyone in the home understands the sound of the smoke alarm and knows how to respond.
  • Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.
  • Replace the smoke alarm immediately if it doesn’t respond properly when tested.
  • Smoke alarms with non-replaceable (long-life) batteries are designed to remain effective for up to 10 years. If the alarm chirps, a warning that the battery is low, replace the entire smoke alarm right away.
  • For smoke alarms with any other type of battery, replace batteries at least once a year. If the alarm chirps, replace only the battery.

Fire Prevention Week October 8-14

10/5/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Prevention Week October 8-14 Sparky the Fire Dog helps kids practice a safe escape!

Sunday, October 8, marks the start of the 2017 Fire Prevention Week. This year's National Fire Protection Association theme is "Every Second Counts:Plan 2 Ways Out!"

NFPA suggests families plan two ways to exit every  room in your house, especially kids' bedrooms. They suggest:

  • Draw a map of your home marking two exits from each room and a path to the outside from each exit
  • Practice your home fire drill twice a year. Conduct one at night and one during the day with everyone in your home, and practice using different ways out.
  • Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them.
  • Make sure the number of your home is clearly marked and easy for the fire department to find.
  • Close doors behind you as you leave – this may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire.
  • Once you get outside, stay outside. Never go back inside a burning building.

Click HERE for a link to the NFPA website for more valuable safety information.