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
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
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.
Two Simple Steps Before Fall Arrives
Keeping gutters clear can prevent water damage to your home
The cool, crisp days of fall are upon Dearborn; winter’s snow and ice are not far behind. There are two important steps you should take to prepare your home for the upcoming seasons.
- Inspect your roof
Are you certain your roof can handle the heavy rains, snow and ice Dearborn winters bring? Before the weather turns, take a look at your roof for missing or damaged shingles, weak spots, or other indications of trouble. If anything looks suspicious, contact a professional roofer for a thorough inspection and repair estimate.
- Clean your gutters
Falling leaves can slow the flow of water in your gutters. Enough of them can even block the gutters completely. To prevent clogs and subsequent water damage to your home, clear your gutters and drainpipes. Be certain to clear the areas in front of the drainpipe outlet too. Remember to keep checking the gutters as more leaves fall. Outside water damage, especially damage caused by lack of maintenance, may not be covered by your insurance.
These two easy steps can prevent big problems in the fall and winter seasons.
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
The Importance of a Home Inventory List
Can you name every item in your house?
Imagine having your home and its contents lost to a fire. Could you recall every item in it? Could you remember each individual item, especially the stored away, rarely used ones? Most of us would have great difficulty doing this on any given day, let alone under the stress of a catastrophe.
In the event of a fire, your insurance company will ask you to provide a list of all your damaged personal property. Creating a comprehensive Home Contents Inventory assures all of your contents are documented. Including each item’s value, photograph and, when possible, receipt, helps your insurance company make an accurate assessment for replacement and/or restoration according to your insurance policy. Be sure to update this list annually as you add or get rid of items. The completed list should be stored in a fireproof box or in your safe deposit box. It is also a good idea to file the list with your insurance agent.
Contact our office at 313-359-4357 to get a blank Home Contents Inventory or to schedule an appointment to have our pros to do it for you.
Summer Storm Damage
Summer storms sneak up on us in Dearborn.
The dog days of summer are upon Dearborn, Michigan. The hot days and cool evenings often create sudden, violent summer storms. A little planning can go a very long way toward keeping your family safe. A fully stocked and accessible Emergency Supply Kit will make any disaster a little easier. Keep in mind, depending on the severity of the storm, it may take days for help to arrive. The America Red Cross recommends stocking a 3-day supply of essentials.
Recommended Items to Include in an Emergency Supply Kit:
- Water, one gallon of water per person per day for drinking and sanitation
- Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food and can opener
- Battery-powered or hand crank NOAA Weather Radio with extra batteries
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Prescriptions, contact lens, glasses and hearing aids w extra batteries
- Copies of personal documents including medication lists, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates and insurance policies
- Whistle to signal for help
- Dust masks to filter dirty air
- Plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter in place
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
- Tool kit and work gloves
- Local maps
- Phone chargers with car adapters
- Extra car and house keys
- Pet supplies
If you suffer storm damage to your home or commercial property, SERVPRO of Dearborn will take immediate action to minimize secondary damages caused by severe storms.
We are always available at 313-359-4357.
For a complete list of our services visit us at www.SERVPROdearbornmi.com
Hoarding Clean Up
Hoarding poses serious health and safety risks.
Compulsive hoarders struggle to discard possessions because of a perceived need to save them. Their hoarding disorder causes them to accumulate an excessive amount of things regardless of any actual value. While these cluttered, unhealthy living spaces can cause distress or problems with daily activities, there is another threat to hoarders’ well being.
People living in excessive accumulation are in physical danger. Hoarding increases the fire load of any structure. Item stored too closely to cooking and heating units can easily ignite. Piles of flammable materials can spill onto hot surfaces. The lack of household maintenance can hide worn, frayed or pest damaged wires creating electrical dangers. Open flames from smoking materials or candles also pose risks. Clutter blocking pathways and exits can hinder escaping a fire.
Excessive collecting also puts first responders at risk. The National Fire Protection Association says the primary concern of fire service is the “chaotic nature” of hoarder dwellings because blocked windows and exits “make fire attack and rescue difficult.” Clutter makes it difficult for them to move through the structure. First responders can also become disoriented, trapped or injured by obstructed exits and falling objects. Finally, the tremendous weight of the clutter coupled with the weight of water and other suppression agents used to extinguish the fire, can cause a building to collapse.
Hoarding is a serious condition and should be addressed by a qualified mental health professional. However, there are ways to help a loved one:
- Help them make a home safety and escape plan
- Practice the plan often; remember escape routes will change as new items come in
- Install working smoke alarms and test them monthly
- Alert your fire and police departments of the conditions of your loved ones home
Once the home is emptied it will need thorough cleaning, sanitation and deodorization. Mold, mild and other types of biological contamination will likely be present. SERVPRO of Dearborn has experience in cleaning hoarding situations and dealing with the complicated situation at the heart of the matter.
For a free, no cost assessment for all of your cleaning needs call us at 313-359-4357 or visit our website.
Commercial Cleaning Services
Our crews are ready to roll for any type of disaster.
SERVPRO of Dearborn knows the appearance of your commercial property speaks volumes to your clients. Our services go far beyond emergency clean up. Whether you need floors and carpets deep cleaned, odors removed or construction clean up, you can depend on a SERVPRO of Dearborn. Our highly trained crews use state of the art equipment to make your business shine again. We are experienced in many types of workplaces including:
- Retail Facilities
- Education Facilities
- Property Management
- Healthcare Facilities
- Hospitality Facilities
- Food Service Facilities
Learn more about our Commercial Cleaning Services at by calling 313-359-4357 or visit our website at http://www.SERVPROdearbornmi.com/commercial-cleaning
Emergency Readiness Planning
Steps to preparedness
Less than 50% of businesses reopen after damage to a company’s facilities. It is much easier to prepare for an emergency than to repair damages. More importantly, how quickly your business returns to normal operations depends on emergency planning. SERVPRO of Dearborn can create an Emergency Readiness Profile for your business.
Creating and committing to an emergency plan will help your employees, customers, and community. Emergency planning protects your business by giving your company and its facility a better chance of surviving a crisis.
Know which types of emergencies are most likely to impact your business and develop a plan to deal with each them.
Develop a Business Continuity Plan:
Determine which staff, procedures, and equipment are critical to keeping your operation functional. Create a procedure for what to do if utilities are disrupted or your facility is not accessible. Make a back up plan for every scenario.
Make Your Emergency Plan:
Emergency plans should include evacuation and shelter in place policies. Develop a communications procedure for before, during and after any possible incident. Practice and review all procedures at least once a year.
Review Your Insurance Coverage
Know exactly what coverage you have. Review your policy annually with your agent to confirm the losses you are most likely to experience are covered. Keep in mind, as you add equipment, software, furniture and business goods, your coverage should change.
Let SERVPRO of Dearborn prepare your business for anything with a FREE Emergency Readiness Profile.
Contact us today at 313-359-3457.
Smoke alarms save lives
Checking and changing smoke alarm batteries regularly saves lives.
Fast facts about fire
- In 2014, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 367,500 house fires. These fires caused 2,745 deaths, 11,825 civilian injuries, and $6.8 billion in direct damage.
- On average, seven people die in U.S. house fires per day.
- One quarter of house fires that started in the bedroom caused deaths.
- Three out of five house fire deaths happen in houses with no working smoke alarms.
- Cooking equipment is the leading cause of house fire injuries, followed by heating equipment.
- Smoking materials are the leading cause of house fire deaths.
- During 2009-2013, roughly one of every 335 households had a reported house fire per year.
- Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in reported house fires in half.
- In fires large enough to activate the smoke alarm, hardwired alarms operated 94% of the time, while battery powered alarms operated 80% of the time.
- When smoke alarms fail to operate, it is usually because batteries are missing, disconnected, or dead.
- Ionization smoke alarms are generally more responsive to flaming fires and photoelectric smoke alarms are generally more responsive to smoldering fires. For the best protection, or where extra time is needed to awaken or assist others, a combination of ionization and photoelectric alarms are recommended.