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Emergency Water Tips

2/21/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Emergency Water Tips Even a small water leak can be a big problem in your commercial building

Water Damage Tips

Unwanted and uncontrolled water is always upsetting. If you encounter water damage on your commercial or residential property, here are a few steps you can take to help mitigate damages.

  • Shut off the water source if possible
  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting
  • Lift and prop up wet upholstery cushions
  • Put wooden block or aluminum foil under furniture legs to prevent water absorption
  • Remove rugs from wet carpet
  • Hang furs and leather goods at room temperature with space between each item
  • Never use a regular vacuum to remove water
  • Do not turn on ceiling fixtures is the ceiling is wet
  • Stay out of areas where the ceiling is sagging with retained water
  • Do not leave books, magazines or any colored items on wet carpets

SERVPRO of Dearborn provides 24/7 response to water damage. We provide water mitigation services to client throughout the Detroit Metro area. Our water damage services include:

  • Emergency response to reduce loss severity
  • Specialized drying and dehumidifying  techniques
  • Structural restoration services
  • Content cleaning, pack out and storage

Preventing Frozen Pipes in the Dearborn Area

1/2/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Preventing Frozen Pipes in the Dearborn Area Pipe insulation is an inexpensive way to help protect pipes in the winter. Source: Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety

So far the winter of 2018-19 has been very kind to Dearborn and Dearborn Heights, but Metro Detroiters know the mild winter won’t last. SERVPRO of Dearborn/Dearborn Heights SE offers some tips to help you escape the winter misery of broken pipes. With a bit of planning and effort, broken pipes can be avoided.

Inside the house:

  1. Always keep the temperature above 65 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Keep your fireplace flue closed when you are not using it. Be sure to open it before use.
  3. Open the cabinets a bit to let warm air flow under sinks ad around pipes.
  4. Leave the hot and cold faucets dripping a tiny bit to keep the water flowing.
  5. Consider installing inexpensive pipe insulation readily available at most hardware stores.

Outside the house:

  1. Be sure to disconnect all hoses from spigots. Ideally, shut off the valves to these spigots.
  2. Keep an eye out for snow and ice damage near the roof line, gutters and downspouts.
  3. If you are out of the house for a few days, ask a trusted neighbor to check on your place. A flooded house can begin to grow mold in a few hours.
  4. Finally, make sure everyone in your home knows how to shut off the main water valve in case of an emergency.

In the winter months it is important inspect your home’s gutters and downspouts for ice dams. Ice dams forms when heated air from inside the home melts snow on the roof. The melted snow then runs down the roof until it is trapped behind ice at the gutters. Since the trapped water cannot run through the gutter as intended, it backs up under the shingles. This water can cause structural damage and promote mold growth.

About SERVPRO of Dearborn/Dearborn Heights SE
SERVPRO® of Dearborn/Dearborn Heights SE 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

After a Fire, SERVPRO of Dearborn/ Dearborn Heights SE Has a Plan

12/28/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage After a Fire, SERVPRO of Dearborn/ Dearborn Heights SE Has a Plan SERVPRO of Dearborn/Dearborn Heights SE has a cleaning protocol for fires of all size.

After a fire you will have many questions. What can be saved? How do I clean this? Will this need to be replaced? You may feel very overwhelmed when your home and your possessions are affected by smoke, soot and water. SERVPRO of Dearborn/Dearborn Heights SE will help you navigate through this confusing event. Our proprietary restoration procedures are specifically developed for fire damage recovery. We test all your furniture and personal items to determine which things can be restored and which need to be replaced.

Regardless of its size, SERVPRO approaches your fire damage with a solid plan of action. The first step is a thorough evaluation of your specific situation. Our course of action will make it “Like it never even happened.”

Fire Safety During the Winter

12/28/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Safety During the Winter Half of all home heating fires happen in December, January and February. Source: NFPA

Fire safety is especially important in the winter. Winters in the metro Detroit area can be bitterly cold causing broken pipes, ice dams and house fires. The National Fire Protection Agency, a trade group dedicated to setting and promoting fire safety standards, offers some important tips to remain safe during the winter months:

  1. Test smoke alarms every month.
  2. Install carbon monoxide alarms in your home.
  3. Plan two ways out of your home.
  4. Keep driveways and front walk cleared for your and first responders' safety.
  5. Be aware of weather. Listen to TV or radio for updates and changes.
  6. Have flashlights on hand if power goes out. Never use candles.
  7. Keep generators outdoors and away from windows or doors. Never run a generator in the garage even if the overhead door is open.
  8. Keep space heaters at least 3 feet from anything that can burn.
  9. Turn off portable heaters when you leave room or go to sleep.

Your neighbors at SERVPRO of Dearborn/Dearborn Heights SE hope these simple tips with help you stay safe and warm all winter long.

About SERVPRO of Dearborn / Dearborn Heights SE
SERVPRO® of Dearborn / Dearborn Heights SE
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

Steps to Reduce Water Damage

12/26/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Steps to Reduce Water Damage When water causes problems in your home SERVPRO of Dearborn / Dearborn Heights SE is always available to help.

Whether it’s a leaky faucet, backed up drain or flooded basement, water can cause all sorts of damage to your residential property. The damage and problems can be immediate ruining your furniture and mementos. The damage may also be long term causing mold growth or even structural damage and health issues.

Here are the first steps to take when dealing with rogue water on your property.

  1. Stop the flow of water! If the water is coming from a broken pipe, appliance or water heater, shut off the main water line to your home.
  2. Turn off the power! If your home is flooded shut off the electricity and gas at the main source. This is only needed in the event of flooding. Leaks and standing puddles do not require this step.
  3. Do not handle electrical appliances! Unless you are properly insulated do not touch any electrical appliances. If you must stand in water to turn off the electricity, please consult a licensed electrician.
  4. Assess and document the damage! Before starting to cleanup document the damage with photographs. Use a ruler to show the depth of the water in photographs or video. This is important for any insurance claims.
  5. Rescue valuable items! If it is safe to enter the damaged area, find and remove important items and documents like identity and insurance papers, jewelry, and cash.
  6. Get rid of standing water! The longer water sits, the more damage it does. If the floor drains are not blocked, the waters of a flooded basement will likely recede via the drains. However, it is possible you will need SERVPRO’s professional pumping equipment to get the water out.

Keep in mind any water that has come up through the drains is dirty. Even if appears clear it contains potentially dangerous microbes and pathogens. Do not let children, pets, elderly or those with health issues into the water. Healthy adults who must enter the water should wear proper protective gear including rubber boots, gloves, and a mask or respirator.

About SERVPRO of Dearborn / Dearborn Heights SE
SERVPRO® of Dearborn / Dearborn Heights SE
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

Winter Storm Damage

12/26/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Winter Storm Damage A tree fell on and damaged this Livonia, Michigan garage. Our crew tarped the roof until repairs could be made.

Southeast Michigan has crazy weather all year long, but winter storms are particularly dangerous. Even without heavy, wet snow we can experience especially damaging storms. With so many mature trees in the area, wind felled trees are not uncommon in Dearborn and Dearborn Heights.

SERVPRO of Dearborn/Dearborn Heights SE is always ready to help if a tree falls on your structure. Whether it is your home, garage, shed, or commercial building we have a crew ready to secure your property. We can board up windows, tarp roofs, and padlock doors. During the rough Detroit winters we will winterize the property if it not inhabitable during the repairs.

SERVPRO® of Dearborn/Dearborn Heights SE
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

What To Do If You Suspect Mold

11/2/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation What To Do If You Suspect Mold Mold inside walls

Mold in your office or home is alarming. If you see mold or even suspect you may have mold, SERVPRO of Dearborn can help.

An Indoor Air Quality/Environmental Professional will inspect your property. Using an array of testing devices, they collect air and surface samples to compare the indoor mold spore count with the outdoor environment to determine whether mold is present and what type of mold it is. Once the specifics are known, our production crews use specialized training, equipment and techniques to remediate the mold in your commercial or residential building.

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. Simply call our office at 313-359-4357 to schedule a preliminary inspection.

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

Sewage Risks

11/1/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Sewage Risks Sewage back ups are common in Dearborn and Dearborn Heights

Dearborn homes often experience sewer back ups. Sewage in your home isn’t just gross it is potentially dangerous. It contains bacteria and viruses, many of which can cause disease. Many people underestimate the seriousness of these hazards. Those especially at risk of exposure are the very young, elderly, and anyone with a compromised immune system or respiratory problems.

Some important facts to remember if you encounter a sewage back up:

  • Sewage contains a variety of disease causing pathogens including bacteria, viruses and parasites.
  • It is not safe to stay in a building flooded unless the contaminated area can be completely sealed off and airflow controlled to prevent particles from spreading.
  • Sewage exposure is particularly dangerous for people with weakened immune systems, including anyone less two or greater than sixty years of age, pregnant, ill, recovering from surgery, on certain medications or chemotherapy.
  • Highly absorbent materials, such as carpet and its padding, upholstery, wicker, paper or fabrics that can't be washed in hot water for at least 10 minutes, should be properly disposed.
  • Sewage saturated building materials like drywall and insulation most also be removed.

There is a high degree of risk when working with sewage. Special precautions must be taken when handling damaged materials and while cleaning. Let the professionally trained and equipped crews at SERVPRO of Dearborn dry and sanitize your home or office. In addition to equipment, skills and training, our crew is up to date on vaccinations including Hepatitis B, which is often spread in sewage. Do not risk your health or that of a loved one. Call us to help. We are always available.

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

Minimizing Storm Damage

10/18/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Minimizing Storm Damage Roof tarping is the first step in repairing storm damage

The Dearborn and greater metro Detroit area may not need to worry about hurricanes and landslides, but we do get severe weather. Damaging storms are especially common at the change of seasons. Whether storm damage affects your residential or commercial property, SERVPRO of Dearborn is here to help you keep your structure safe. It is vital to secure your damaged property quickly to prevent any further damage. Our board up and roof tarping services are available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. We are locally owned and operated so we can respond to your call anytime. We work directly with your insurance company to ease your troubles.

If any type of wind or severe storm damage affects your home or business SERVPRO of Dearborn is always at the ready.

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

Cigarette Dangers in Home

10/17/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Cigarette Dangers in Home Cigarette are a leading cause of house fires.

One of the most common causes of house fires is reportedly the improper handling of cigarettes.

Forgotten and smoldering cigarettes cause a hazard and can create significant fire damage. Here are various ways to prevent a cigarette fire from occurring in your residence.

• Smoke outdoors. If you have the option of smoking outdoors, this can be the best method for preventing fire and odor build up inside of your home. Keep any ashtrays away from the residence

• Teach your children to stay away from any cigarettes. Kids are naturally curious about fire. Be certain to store cigarettes, matches, and lighters out of their reach.

• Don’t smoke in area with highly flammable materials. Upholstered furniture, drapery, and mattresses are incredibly flammable. Avoiding smoking in these areas is an excellent preventative measure.

•Use stable ashtrays and fill them with sand. Never use an ashtray that is might tip over or fall easily. This can cause fire hazards. Make sure every butt is fully extinguished.

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