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Stormy weather

5/3/2021 (Permalink)

Severe damage from most storms is covered under home and business insurance policies, but the specifics vary. The amount you are responsible for paying depends on your premiums and deductibles, the age and structure of the building, the extent of your damage, property values in your neighborhood and much more.  Call SERVPRO of Novi/Commerce South at 248-344-0044 to inspect any storm damage on your home.  We have listed the different common damage scenarios that can happen below.

  • Winter storm damage

Includes snow, ice and freezing rain storms

  • Hail damage

We do see hail sometimes in Michigan.  These storms are most common between May and September. Hail pellets are usually between .2 inches and 1.75 inches in size, but can be much bigger

  • Lightning and thunderstorm damage

Lightning storms can occur anywhere in the U.S., and they bring the threat of fires and severe structural damage

  • Storm-related flood damage and tidal surges

Flooding presents a serious risk to your home and your safety. Different types of floods come with different risks. River floods and flash floods are common when snow melts and have been known to completely overwhelm structures. Coastal floods and storm surges are even more dangerous, and usually lead to evacuation warnings. These can destroy homes entirely, so it’s best to listen to weather reports and plan ahead. Debris flows, which are often made up of heavy mud and plant material, can crush houses and sweep them away.

  • High winds, tornadoes and hurricanes

High winds can occur virtually anywhere, and thousands of tornadoes and hurricanes hit the U.S. every year.

Storm damage upkeep

5/3/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Novi/Commerce South is here to help!  Storm season is coming and we are here to give you some helpful tips.  When it comes to storm damage, basic upkeep goes a long way. And while you can’t control the weather, you can still protect your home and family.  Year-to-year, the severity and frequency of bad weather is anyone’s guess. But, inevitably, a lot of homeowners end up dealing with property damage as a result of storms.  The most common type of property damage we see is roof and siding damage following heavy winds and/or hail.  And while you can’t control the weather, there’s still a lot you can do to protect your home and your family listed below.

  • Replace missing or damaged shingles
  • Repair loose siding
  • Keep your gutters clean
  • Ensure water can flow away from your home
  • Keep your sump pump in working order
  • Ensure proper sealing of doors and windows
  • Check for loose fence posts
  • Regularly trim your trees
  • Do walk throughs around your property
  • Keep a generator on hand

How to prevent house fires

5/3/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Novi/Commerce South knows that your home is a place where you make memories and build your life.  It's scary to imagine your home ever suffering from a disaster such as a fire.  Although you can't control everything, there are some steps you can take to help reduce the risk of fire and smoke damage.  Please read the below ways to reduce your risk of house fire. 

  • Test your smoke alarms regularly

The easiest way to avoid a house fire is by checking your smoke alarms regularly.  There is a little button that you can press to test it.  If it beeps weakly, then you need to change the batteries.

  • Inspect all your heating sources

You should have them checked out annually by a professional

  • Keep your stove and oven clean
  • Don't leave food cooking unattended
  • Always check your dryer
  • Maintain all cords
  • Properly store flammable products
  • Practice caution with candles
  • Keep fire extinguishers around

Fire damage process

5/3/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Novi/Commerce South knows how stressful the fire restoration process can be.  You should never try to remediate your property on your own after a fire.  SERVPRO of Novi/Commerce South has the experience needed to make your home safe again.  We have listed the basic fire restoration repair process below so you know what to expect.

  • Confirm the property is stabilized and safe to enter

The first step of a remediation professional is to confirm that the property is safe to enter. They’ll check for signs of structural damage that compromises the home and carefully inspect the property from the outside before opening the door.

  • Minimize damage

Smoke and soot can cause damage even after the fire has been extinguished. You and the professionals working in your home should be cautious of soot staining, mold and mildew, rust and corrosion and the air quality in the home.  

  • Remove soot and debris

Before any water damage or fire damage restoration processes can begin, all debris and soot must be removed from the home. The soot can cause more damage the longer it remains on a surface, while the debris is only going to get in the way the restoration process.

  • Remove personal possessions too damaged to restore
  • Eliminate excess water and dry wet surfaces
  • Begin deodorizing, deep cleaning and removing stains

Commercial fire and smoke damage restoration

5/3/2021 (Permalink)

Regardless of the size or type of your business, the effects of a fire to your property is always devastating.  When a fire occurs, even if just a section of the property is damaged, it can threaten the livelihood of your business. That's why it is vital to find a fire and smoke damage restoration company that will tackle the fire damage repairs and cleanup of smoke damage.  SERVPRO of Novi/Commerce South is here to help, call us at 248-344-0044.  We offer the below services to commercial properties.

  • Assessment of damages
  • Ventilate and salvage
  • Water extraction
  • Soot removal and cleaning
  • Deodorization
  • Reconstruction and repairs

We want to help you get your commercial facility back up and running as soon as possible and minimize the financial impact on business, call SERVPRO of Novi/Commerce South today!

Preventing commercial mold remediation

5/3/2021 (Permalink)

Mold can be very challenging to deal with. They can sometimes be difficult to spot, they pollute the air, and they can even threaten the structural integrity of your establishment.  It gets even more problematic with commercial properties since they can cause business interruption, make you, your employees, and your clients experience health effects, and of course, cost you a lot of money.  SERVPRO of Novi/Commerce South has extensive experience remediating commercial mold and want to help business owners prevent mold with some helpful tips.  

Mold is primarily caused by uncontrolled moisture.  This could come from a leaking roof or a loose fitting.  How can you prevent mold in your business?  Below are some helpful tips:

  • Deal with leaks
  • Use a dehumidifier
  • Ensure proper ventilation
  • Deal with flooding immediately
  • Annual inspections of roof 
  • Annual inspections of appliances

If you thought mold can only grow in residences, then you are mistaken!  Mold does not discriminate and can be found in commercial and office buildings.  You can help prevent mold in your business by following SERVPRO of Novi/Commerce South helpful tips!  

Potential basement water damage

4/30/2021 (Permalink)

A basement provides additional space that a great deal of homeowners really enjoy especially here in Michigan. Moisture can be a real problem for many basements and dehumidifiers for basements is a necessity to help over come moisture.

While there are advantages to having a basement, there are also risks that homeowners should be aware of.

By nature, a basement goes against certain building principles that are put in place to keep homes, and their occupants safe. When water, and more specifically rain water flows, it follows the path of least resistance to its final destination. Since a basement is nothing more than a fancy hole in the ground it is often the preferred location for excessive rain water to settle. Due to this fact, builders have developed elaborate drainage and sump pump systems that take the water that flows into your basement and pumps it away from the structure.

Call SERVPRO of Novi/Commerce South at 248-344-0044, we can inspect your basement for any water damage and give you piece of mind.

Humidity in basement

4/30/2021 (Permalink)

Dehumidifiers for basements are essential to help homeowners over come basement moisture issues.  The high volume of water that is transferring through your basement, especially during the spring and summer months, can create high levels of relative humidity that can lead to mold and mildew growth.  These things can compromise your structure and make you sick.  That is why it is important to run a dehumidifier in your basement to help control your humidity levels.

Basements are a nice feature, but they are extra susceptible to water damage since they are buried under ground. By making sure your basement stays properly dehumidified you lessen your chance of having to deal with mold or mildew issues that can compromise your extra space and potentially make you sick.

Call SERVPRO of Novi/Commerce South to schedule an inspection today!


4/30/2021 (Permalink)

Simply put, a biohazard is any biological material that poses a risk to human or animal health. Blood is the most common biohazard we come into regular contact with, but other biohazards include mold and fungus spores, human waste, animal infestations, and industrial chemicals. 

While most people think of biohazards as something rare, the fact is they can occur commonly in residential and industrial buildings. In homes, a simple leak can result in the growth of black mold, or a rodent infestation can leave behind droppings that contain pathogens which may become airborne. Hotel and nightlife premises may discover bodily fluids and sharps waste such as used needles. Assisted living facilities can suffer viral outbreaks and require professional cleaning. Crime scenes, traumatic or industrial accidents, medical incidents and more can all leave a property owner or manager with a biohazard cleanup on their hands.

Call SERVPRO of Novi/Commerce South is trained and certified in biohazard cleaning, call us today at 248-344-0044

Types of biohazard

4/30/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Novi/Commerce South is trained and experienced in biohazard cleanup.  We have listed below the different types of biohazard that we offer cleaning and disposal services:

  • Human bodily fluids

Including blood, saliva, amniotic fluid, and more — bodily fluids can transmit diseases

  • Medical waste

This includes tissue samples, laboratory cultures, and byproducts from autopsies and surgeries

  • Animal carcasses and droppings

Droppings may contain bacteria and viruses that become airborne, and carcasses attract disease-carrying pests such as flies and rodents

  • Mold and fungi

Spores can become airborne and cause respiratory, neurological, and other illnesses

  • Viruses and bacteria

Some viruses and bacteria can survive outside of hosts and pose a threat to anyone entering the environment

Examples of biohazard cleanup situations:

  • Human deaths, including homicide, suicide, and unattended death (blood and bodily fluid cleanup)
  • Hoarding
  • Animal infestation (rodent feces, dead carcasses)
  • Localized disease outbreaks 
  • Criminal activity/crime scene cleanup 
  • Mold or fungus infestations
  • Industrial and workplace accidents 
  • Odor removal
  • Vehicle cleaning and decontamination
  • Sewage and black water cleanup