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FEMA Mobile App

4/6/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage FEMA Mobile App Download this free app today!

It may not feel like it, but spring has officially sprung! With the beauty of a Michigan spring comes severe weather.

SERVPRO of Dearborn relies on the FEMA app for accurate weather reports and alerts. This free cell phone app is available for both iOS and Android devices. It is loaded with features to help keep you safe in any kind of weather or disaster.

The app helps you prepare should a disaster strike the Metro Detroit area. It provides emergency safety tips, checklists for building an emergency kit and allows you to set up an emergency meeting place with your loved ones. The Emergency Safety Tips feature even gives instructions for what to do before, during and after any conceivable emergency including biohazard, chemical spills and explosions. In the event of an emergency, the app has features allowing you to apply for assistance online and find a shelter in the Dearborn area.

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

Biohazard Cleaning

3/8/2018 (Permalink)

Biohazard Biohazard Cleaning SERVPRO of Dearborn can handle any biohazard removal in the Metro Detroit area.

When an event leaving behind biohazardous materials occurs, you can count on SERVPRO of Dearborn for cleanup. A biohazard is any biologic matter causing risk to human health. Blood, bodily fluids, and biohazards can endanger anyone who comes in contact with them. With appropriate safety equipment and procedures, cleaning biohazards is SERVPRO of Dearborn’s specialty.

Why Choose a Trained Professional?

  • Cleaning biohazards can be unsettling. They are often present after a traumatic event. A SERVPRO professional will clean the situation quickly, compassionately and discreetly.
  • Federal regulations classify all human and animal remains, including blood, urine, feces, vomit and bodily fluids, as biohazards. They may carry potentially life-threatening pathogens such as Hepatitis B and C, AIDS, HIV, MRSA, and many more.
  • The safe removal of biohazardous materials involves state-of-the-art cleaning technologies. Federal Regulation 29cfr1910.1030 states that no employee can be placed in a position to be exposed to biohazard cleanup without first:
  1. Receiving Blood Borne Pathogen (BBP) training.
  2. Having a written BBP exposure control plan.
  3. Being provided personal protective equipment.
  4. Been offered a Hepatitis B vaccine and exposure evaluation and follow-up.
  5. Being provided a method to remove and properly store the bio-hazardous waste in properly marked containers for disposal at an approved site.
    Source: osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/

Common Biohazard Scenarios

  1. Sewage backups
  2. Human Blood, Blood Products, Bodily Fluids
  3. Animal Waste
  4. Microbiological and Pathological Waste
  5. Medical Sharps Waste

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

Water Categories

2/15/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Categories All water is not created equal

Water is categorized into three levels.

Category 1, often called clean water, is water which does not pose substantial harm to humans
Category 2, often called gray water is water has a significant level of contamination
Category 3, often called black water, is water is grossly contaminated

As a general rule of thumb, Category 1 water is clean water from leaking pipes or appliances. It is a nuisance, but rarely harmful. When addressed quickly, the carpets and other floors may suffer very little impact.

When clean water is left standing, runs through structural elements, or flows over and/or through debris, it becomes Category 2 water. This water has potential to be dangerous to humans and animals. Special precautions are required to clean this.

Category 3 water has the highest level of contamination. It is grossly unsanitary and can cause severe health effects. This is water which has come from flooded streams or rivers, sewer back ups, or overflowing toilets. Stagnant water supporting any sort of bacterial growth is also considered black water.

SERVPRO of Dearborn has the expertise to mitigate any type of water in your home or business regardless of its category. Our staff is accredited by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), which sets the standards for the cleaning industry and water damage restoration training.

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

Commercial Kitchen

2/9/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Kitchen Our equipment staging area for a nearly 3,000 square foot commercial kitchen in Dearborn, Michigan.

SERVPRO of Dearborn provides an array of services to many commercial buildings like schools, churches, and retail spaces in the Metro Detroit area. In commercial kitchens, special care is taken to keep the food prep areas clean and sanitary. Our highly trained crew uses specialized equipment and food safe products to clean and sanitize restaurant kitchens and ventilation systems. We also provide services to keep the customer facing areas clean.

A high volume kitchen with years of build up is hazardous for both employees and customers. Of special concern are commercial kitchens with multiple fryers or small kitchens where staff works in close quarters. Even with proper ventilation systems, grease builds up over time posing safety and health risks. We professionally clean commercial kitchens in order to lower and prevent:

  • Risk of Fire
  • Unpleasant Odors
  • Vermin and Pest Infestation
  • Environmental Concerns
  • Plumbing Issues
  • Employee Injury and Illness
  • Lowered Food Quality

Keeping commercial kitchens safe and sanitary is a top priority for restaurant managers and owners. SERVPRO of Dearborn is proud to help keep Dearborn area restaurants clean and open for business. Call us today to have your commercial kitchen assessed! 313-359-4357

Mold in New vs. Old Dearborn Homes

2/9/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold in New vs. Old Dearborn Homes SERVPRO of Dearborn loves the beauty of our historic neighborhoods.

Dearborn, Michigan has a variety of home sizes, styles and ages. The gracious homes of Ford Historic District keep our history alive while new construction shows the prosperity of our area. SERVPRO of Dearborn is proud to serve our entire community.

There is an interesting phenomenon in old homes versus newer construction. We tend to see more mold in newer construction. There is a long chain of events that simply explain this. in the 1950s builders left plaster and lath behind for drywall. Then switched from solid lumber to composite materials.  The 1950s and 60s brought homeowners air conditioning. As homes became more comfortable they became less efficient. During the 1970s energy crisis, energy efficiency building design changed to reduce energy consumption.  This new “tight” construction reduced air flow, which resulted in reduced drying ability of commercial buildings or homes. During the early part of the 1980s, energy efficient structures become the new standard. However, by the late 80s, new health issues were linked to these new “tight” construction techniques. The reduced airflow and drying ability lead to more mold in buildings.

Whether your building is new or old, mold is a concern. SERVPRO of Dearborn has the experience to mitigate any mold concerns while respecting your structure’s unique history. Drywall or lath and plaster, we have a team of skilled technicians to address the unique qualities of your home.

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

Winter Storms

1/25/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Winter Storms Winter storm damage is no match for SERVPRO of Dearborn

Southeast Michigan weather can cause severe damage to homes or businesses. Immediate action is needed when weather disasters strike. SERVPRO of Dearborn has the expertise and resources to mitigate damage caused by any winter weather. 

Frozen Pipes
Extreme cold weather can cause pipes to freeze and burst. Of particular concern are pipes in areas with outdoor exposure or in unheated/partially heated areas like basements, crawl spaces and garages. The damage from broken pipes can be quite extensive.

Ice Dams
Ice dams formed when snow melts then refreezes at the edge of the roof near the eaves. The trapped water can back up under shingles and leak into homes. This can cause significant water damage rafters, ceilings and walls.

Roof Damage
Quickly rising and falling temperatures happen often in the Dearborn area. Sudden thaws can cause water to get trapped in cracks and small spaces. When the temperatures drop, the trapped water freezes and expands causing larger cracks and greater damage.

Why Choose a SERVPRO of Dearborn? 

  • We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.
    SERVPRO of Dearborn is dedicated to responding immediately to water emergencies. A fast response lessens damage, limits further damage, and reduces cost. 
  • We're Highly Trained Water Damage Specialists.
    SERVPRO of Dearborn specializes in water damage restoration. All our responding technicians are certified in Water Damage Restoration and Applied Structural Drying techniques.

Whatever winter storm befalls the Metro Detroit area, SERVPRO of Dearborn is just a phone call away.

About Us
SERVPRO® of Dearborn provides 24-hour disaster mitigation service. We specialize in the restoration of 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

Addressing Mold

1/22/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Addressing Mold Mold remediation is best left to the professionals.

Some mold jobs must be referred to an industrial hygienist, a scientist trained in microbial growth detection and identification. According to the American Industrial Hygienist Association, industrial hygiene is “a science…devoted to the anticipation, recognition, evaluation, prevention, and control of those environmental factors…which may cause sickness...or significant discomfort."

The “typical” mold remediation process is

  1. Customers who suspect mold should contact SERVPRO of Dearborn (313) 359-4357
  2. Inspection and mold assessment by a hygienist
  3. SERVPRO of Dearborn will contain the affected area and begin air filtration
  4. Remove mold and mold contaminated items
  5. Cleaning contents and belongings
  6. Restoration

If you suspect mold in your home or office, contact us immediately. We will refer you to a trusted industrial hygienist colleague.

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

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