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Responding to fire damage

5/31/2022 (Permalink)

House fires are very scary and can make you feel like you've lost control, however there are several actions you can take when responding to a fire's destruction.

  • Stay safe- Stay out of your home and keep you and your family safe 
  • Call your family- Lean on your support system so they can help you through the process 
  • Call your insurance company- Find out what your insurance company needs from you to begin the claim process and confirm your coverage details.  Start taking inventory of property or belongings that have been damaged and destroyed.  Take photos if it is safe to do so
  • Call a fire and damage restoration company- SERVPRO of Novi/Commerce South and Bloomfield can help 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, call us at 248-344-0044
  • Arrange Accommodations- Make arrangements for pets if needed
  • Take care of your health- A fire can take a toll on your mental and physical health

After a fire, it is important to take the time to look after yourself and your family.

Fire damage restoration process

5/31/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Novi/Commerce South and Bloomfield can help with your restoration process by assessing the fire damage and restoring your possessions that were damaged by smoke and fire.  Fire damage restoration includes several steps:

  • Determine if your home is safe- We will perform a fire damage assessment and check for structural damage and other hazards before entering your home
  • Minimize smoke and soot damage- Smoke damage can worsen as the smoke from a fire settles, while lingering soot can cause stains.  Specialized cleaning equipment and products will be used for the removal of smoke and odors and to prevent further damage caused by soot along with air scrubbers and air movers.
  • Remove soot and other debris- Vacuums and brooms are used to remove soot and other debris from your home, furniture, upholstery, and other surfaces.
  • Relocate personal belongings- Any personal belongings that can be salvaged will be moved to safe locations where they can be stored
  • Remove water from firefighting- Restoration companies will then use dehumidifiers and air movers and other specialized equipment for water removal
  • Deep clean your home

If you have experienced fire damage, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Novi/Commerce South and Bloomfield, we are here to help!

Signs of storm damage

5/27/2022 (Permalink)

When a storm rolls through, you may notice your yard in disarray and worry your home experienced more damage then to the landscaping.  Unfortunately, some storm damage is not easy to spot to the trained eye.  SERVPRO of Novi/Commerce South and Bloomfield wants to share some signs that you have sustained storm damage so you can take action right away.  

  • Visible shingle granule loss- If you notice dark spots on your shingles that look like holes or dents, that could be granule loss.  These spots can become susceptible to leaks if left unrepaired
  • Missing shingles- Missing shingles are the most obvious sign of storm damage on your roof and need to be tended to immediately.  Without your shingles, the roof sheathing or insulation underneath is now exposed
  • Cracked, dented, or lifted shingles- All of these are signs of roof damage after a storm

If you notice any of the above signs of storm damage, call SERVPRO of Novi/Commerce South and Bloomfield today, don't wait for the water damage to seep into your home and cause even more damage.

3 key tips to prevent fire damage

5/27/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Novi/Commerce South and Bloomfield knows fire damage to your home or business can be costly and cause emotional pain.  We want to give you a few tips to protect your business, family, employees and yourself.  

  • Test your smoke alarms- Functional smoke alarms are your best defense when it comes to minimizing fire damage and have been proven to save lives.  It is important to note that batteries wear out over time and you should replace smoke alarm batteries once or twice a year and replace the entire smoke alarm every 10 years.  You should also make sure to have smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of home or business.  Avoid installing alarm near windows, doors, fans, or vents as air flow can disrupt the alarm function.
  • Keep fire extinguishers on hand- Stock fire extinguishers in multiple places throughout home or business, focusing on areas like that kitchen that pose a higher risk of fire.  Be sure to review fire extinguisher instructions and make sure everyone in your home or business knows how to use them
  • Be careful in the kitchen- Do not leave hot cooking surfaces unattended.  Be sure to clear the store of anything that can catch fire such as cookbooks, towels, and napkins.  Also, keep the handles of your pots and pans turned inward to help avoid knocking into them and spilling their hot contents.

House fire prevention

5/27/2022 (Permalink)

Fires can pose serious danger but you can take measures to reduce its risks.  SERVPRO of Novi/Commerce South and Bloomfield wants to share helpful tips to prevent house fires.

  • Clean your stove and oven- Food particles can accumulate at the bottom of burner or oven which can catch on fire if appliances are not kept clean
  • Pay attention when cooking- If you leave the room, the stove should always be turned off and pots taken off hot burners
  • Test smoke alarms regularly- Check batteries every 6 months
  • Ensure all heating sources are working properly- Change air filters regularly
  • Always check your dryer's airflow- It is important to keep vents clean
  • Be careful with cords- Be sure to make sure there are not too many appliances plugged into an outlet which can cause overload and replace any damaged wires
  • Store flammable products safely- Common hair products, cosmetics, and household cleaners can all be classified as flammable products
  • Practice caution with candles- Always put out candles when leaving the room, blow them out before falling asleep and keep them far from objects that can catch fire like blankets and curtains
  • Invest in a fire extinguisher

Commercial restoration benefits

5/25/2022 (Permalink)

Water damage is a common commercial issue that can happen anytime to your commercial property.  Commercial property is more complex than residential water damage mainly because they are larger and have more areas that need to be restored.  There are several benefits to using professionals to restore commercial water damage to not only protect your investment but to also ensure your employee's and client's safety.  

  • Commercial water damage restoration companies are equipped with specialized extraction equipment that can eliminate all traces of moisture within a commercial property without damaging any valuable materials or furnishings
  • SERVPRO of Novi/Commerce South and Bloomfield and other commercial water restoration companies have the correct insurance required and are fully insured against liability
  • The commercial restoration experience offers peace of mind and other services such as recovery plans, insurance claim facilities, and warranties.
  • Safety precautions are taken such as setting up physical barriers and warning signs

If you experience commercial water damage, call SERVPRO of Novi/Commerce South and Bloomfield today at 248-344-0044, we are here to help!

Mold remediation in commercial business

5/25/2022 (Permalink)

Mold can be found almost anywhere. Mold can grow on virtually any organic substance as long as moisture and oxygen are present.  This is mold that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, foods and insulation.  When excessive moisture accumulates in buildings or on building materials, mold growth will often occur, particularly if the moisture problem remains undiscovered or unaddressed.  You can take measures to protect your commercial business and prevent mold growth which can disrupt your business and cost you thousands of dollars.

  • Fix leaky plumbing and leaks in building as soon as possible
  • Watch for condensation and wet spots and fix sources of moisture as soon as possible
  • Prevent moisture due to condensation by increasing surface temperature or reducing the moisture level in air (humidity)

Call SERVPRO of Novi/Commerce South and Bloomfield if you discover mold in your commercial business at 248-344-0044

Storm damage to your home

5/25/2022 (Permalink)

A storm doesn't have to be a hurricane or tornado to cause damage to your home, even a thunderstorm can cause damage if it brings strong winds, hailstones, or falling debris from nearby trees.  Strong winds can do a lot of damage to your home, it can be strong enough to lift the edges of your roof and tear away shingles.  Wind can also pick up large debris like patio furniture and branches that can strike your home's siding, windows, and roof.  This debris can cause extensive damage and require siding and roof replacement.  If you have large trees that overhang your house, it might be a good idea to trim those branches back or get the tree assessed to prevent it from falling due to high winds.  Large hail is not very common but can happen in Michigan as we all know.  Large hail and even small hailstones can lead to dents, holes in your siding and windows, or broken gutters.  If you have experienced storm damage to your home, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Novi/Commerce South and Bloomfield.

Repairing water damaged floors

5/17/2022 (Permalink)

If your subflooring is undamaged and the affected area is dry within 24 to 48 hours, you may be able to repair the damaged flooring.  Before attempting a repair, the floor should be completed dry by using wet vacuums, fans and dehumidifiers.  Water damage floor repairs will depend on the type of flooring.

  • Laminate: Laminate floor water damage may lead to swelling and separation beneath the finish. Watch the floor for several days after drying is finished to show signs of water damage.  To repair, remove and replace damaged boards and keep the undamaged ones
  • Hardwood: You may be able to nail or screw warped boards back in place on small scale damages.  You will need to find and purchase matching wood for the boards that need removing.  When replacing planks, be sure to sand them to resemble the current flooring and find a matching stain color.  You will need to apply several coats of stain to the new boards, as well as a polyurethane finish
  • Carpet: If carpet is left wet for a long time, it will develop mold quickly. Use a wet vacuum to remove as much water as possible and then finish drying with fans.  Once carpet is dry, have a professional clean, sanitize and deodorize to prevent mold and mildew
  • Vinyl: Vinyl can be fairly waterproof if installed correctly and used mainly in kitchens and bathrooms.  Though it handles water well, you may see damage after excess water coverage
  • Tile: Tile is also water-resistant but excess water can sometimes loosen tiles. When the floor is dry, identify which ones have come loose and carefully pry them up from the floor with a screwdriver. 

Call a professional to help, call SERVPRO of Novi/Commerce South and Bloomfield at 248-344-0044 today!

Water damage floors

5/3/2022 (Permalink)

There are several factors to consider when it comes to replacing versus repairing water-damaged floors.   The extent of damage incurred and the type of water intrusion is an important factor in the decision.

  1. Extent of water damage- Is the flooring damage minor and cosmetic, or major and destructive?  Was the water covering the floor for an extended period?  Flooring that is still functional will likely require much less time, money and effort than flooring damaged to the point of being unsafe or deteriorated.  If flooring was not thoroughly dry within 24 to 48 hours of the incident, there could be mold growth which can complicate flooring repairs and jeopardize your health.
  2. Types of water intrusions
  • Clean water- Water from leaking pipes is clean water- like rainwater and this type of water is safe to clean
  • Gray water- Water from dishwashers, washing machines and clean toilets is slightly dirty.  This “gray” water may have contaminants and proper safety equipment is needed for cleaning
  • Black water- Water from sewage or rivers and requires professional clean up, contains serious contaminants and can cause health problems

SERVPRO of Novi/Commerce South and Bloomfield can help you with drying or replacing your floor, call us today at 248-344-0044, we are here to help!