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Fire Safety for a Commercial Building

11/29/2020 (Permalink)

If you are looking to purchase a commercial building, there are a few fire safety items to be aware of. When considering a new location for your business, be sure to pay close attention to the following fire safety requirements.

Exit Signs: Exit signs and emergency backup lighting is required for all exits in a building, should occupants need to safely exit during an emergency situation. Confirm the placement and workings of all exit signage and lighting in any building.

Hazardous Occupancies: Businesses that use paint booths, glass blowing equipment, and certain types of machines could cause a fire to develop rapidly due to the high rates of heat release from this type of equipment. Having these types of contents require special approval due to their potentially hazardous nature.

Fire Extinguishers: Fire extinguisher requirements can vary depending on the occupancy classification of a building, such as light hazard, ordinary hazard, or extra hazard. Typically one fire extinguisher is required per 3,000 square feet, or one placed every 75 feet.

Occupancy Ratings: The occupancy rating of a building determines how it can be used, whether that be for office space, a restaurant, retail, etc. An occupancy rating also specifies the number of occupants a building can have in it at a given time, the type of fire protection system required, various exiting requirements, among others.

How can SERVPRO help your commercial business?

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SERVPRO of Novi/Commerce South has the ability to make any sized disaster “Like it never even happened.” Our crews have the ability to mitigate damages of any type to both commercial and residential properties.

 Our services include but are not limited to:


  • Water Removal and Dehumidification
  • Fire, Smoke and Soot
  • Mold Remediation
  • Reconstruction
  • Disaster/Catastrophic Response


  • Crime Scene, Biohazard and Vandalism Cleanup
  • HVAC and Air Ducts
  • Deodorization
  • Contents Claim – Inventory Services
  • Carpet and Hard Floor Cleaning or Care

We are also able to provide certain reconstruction services. Call SERVPRO of Novi/Commerce South at 248-344-0044 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for any commercial restoration or cleaning needs. We are happy to provide a fair estimate regarding any of our services.

Crucial Winter Weather Preparation – Frozen Pipe Prevention

11/29/2020 (Permalink)

Be prepared for winter weather before it hits!

As all Michiganders know, the winters in our state bring frigid temperatures and heavy snowfall that can prove to be hard on both families and their homes. Below you will find some tips to help you prepare before the cold weather strikes here in Southeast Michigan.


  • Disconnect and drain garden hoses.
  • Cover outside faucets with insulating foam covers.
  • Turn off water to outside of house, and open the valves on all outdoor faucets to allow drainage.
  • Ensure sprinkler systems are turned off and blow compressed air through the lines to drain them completely.

These tips can help prevent frozen pipes in your home over winter. Taking these precautions are crucial in that a burst frozen pipe can wreak havoc on your home.

Do you have damage to your home due to severe storms?

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SERVPRO of Novi/Commerce South has years of experience restoring homes that have been damaged by storms and flooding. Our teams can respond immediately with highly trained technicians and specialized equipment to restore your home or business “Like it never even happened.”

As leaders in the water damage industry, SERVPRO of Novi/Commerce South has advanced training and expertise regarding any type of water loss. In addition, we have the resources to handle any size disaster caused by a storm. Should we need it, we have access to equipment and personnel from over 1,700 other SERVPRO franchises across the state of Michigan and the country. We have the ability to call upon strategically located Disaster Recovery Teams to respond to major catastrophic storms and events.

We are proud to serve members of our community, and others, and doing our part to help and make it the best it can be.

Water prevention tips

12/30/2019 (Permalink)

Prevention by proper maintenance can be the key to preventing water damage occurring to your home.  SERVPRO of Novi/Commerce South would like to give you a few key tips for maintaining home to prevent future water damage from occurring therefore potentially saving you thousands of dollars.  Since we all live in Michigan and are familiar with the ever changing weather, the first tip is to keep gutters and downspouts clear and clean at least once every six months.  This is to help prevent ice dams from occurring on roof which can cause water damage both inside and outside of home and should be completed before the first snow fall of the year.  It is also important to keep the vegetation and trees away from the roof and to keep trees trimmed back to prevent leaves from collecting on roof which can ultimately hold moisture against roof.  Another important tip is to know where your main shut off valve for your home which can be crucial if a pipe bursts in your home and can prevent further damage to your home.  We also suggest checking appliances regularly (dishwasher, refrigerator, clothes washer, etc.) for any malfunction or leaks , a small undetected leak can cause thousands of dollars in damages if not addressed and repaired in a timely matter.  It is also extremely important to get yearly roof inspections and monitoring your water bill for any changes that can indicate an issue such as a leak.  Lastly, making sure all materials are dry before doing the reconstruction/repairs as not doing so can cause other problems or mold growth if not properly dried first.  Please call SERVPRO of Novi/Commerce South today at 248-344-0044 to assess any water damages in your home, we are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for your convenience!

Prepare for a weather emergency

12/30/2019 (Permalink)

We live in Michigan in which tornadoes and severe storms are more likely to occur. Many people don’t have a plan in place for severe weather. With some planning, your family can have an increased chance of staying safe during an unexpected storm.

Although creating a plan is important, practicing it is even more crucial. A severe weather plan needs to be practiced so that everyone knows where to go, no matter what time of day or night severe weather strikes. Write down all of the important phone numbers for family and friends so that you can stay in contact with them after the storm to ensure that they are safe. Another important number to have is that of your insurance adjustor. This number is beneficial if there is damage to the home. Contact us at 248-344-0044, SERVPRO of Novi/Commerce South can come to your home to help with water removal and other storm damage that occurs inside of the house.

Keep copies of all of your important documents, such as social security cards and birth certificates. You also need to have a way to communicate with others in the event there is no power or phone service.

An emergency preparedness kit is something to have so that your family can survive if there is no power or if the family is stuck in the home due to damages from the storm. Items in the kit should last for about 72 hours. Batteries are essential so that you can use your phone, radio or a battery powered television. You also need flashlights, a gallon of water for each person for at least 3 days, and non-perishable foods. Other items you might want to include in your kit are blankets, first aid supplies, and clothing.

Before a storm arrives, if possible, secure items that might blow away. These include chairs and toys that are in the yard. When you are prepared for a natural disaster and the storm damage that could occur, it can help give your family a peace of mind so that they can focus on remaining safe and together.

Frozen Pipes

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Prevent Your Pipes from Freezing

  • Disconnect all gardening hoses and install covers on all outside faucets.
  • Keep your house temperature at 68 degrees or higher, even if you're leaving the house for an extended period of time.
  • Open cabinet doors below sinks to allow heat from the home to circulate.
  • Identify the location of the main water valve and the valve on your water heater. (Learning the location of these valves may come in handy during an emergency.)
  • Wrap pipes nearest exterior walls and in crawl spaces with pipe insulation or with heating tape. This can prevent freezing, especially for interior pipes that run along outside walls.
  • Close all windows near water pipes; cover or close open-air vents. Freezing temperatures combined with wind drafts can cause pipes to freeze more frequently.
  • Heat your basement and consider weather sealing your windows.
  • Insulate outside walls and unheated areas of your home.
  • If you plan to be away from home for an extended period of time, shut off water supply valves to your washing machine.

Monitor Freezing Pipe Conditions

  • Allow a faucet to drip slightly (lukewarm water) in order to minimize freezing.
  • The first sign of freezing is reduced water flow from a faucet.
  • Check your faucets for water flow and pressure before you go to sleep and again when you wake up.
  • Check pipes around your water meter, in unheated areas, near exterior walls and in crawl spaces.
  • These tend to be vulnerable to freezing conditions.
  • Identify cold air drafts coming in from a flue or chimney chase and caulk gaps that are near pipes. 

If a Pipe Freezes

  • If a faucet or pipe inside your house freezes, you can thaw it using a good hair dryer. (For safety purposes, avoid operating a hair dryer around standing water.)
  • To thaw a frozen pipe, heat water on the stove, soak towels in the hot water and wrap them around cold sections of the pipes.
  • When thawing a pipe, start thawing it nearest to the faucet. Make sure the faucet is turned on so that melted water can drip out. 

 If a Pipe Bursts

  • Shut off the water at the main valve.
  • If the break is in a hot water pipe, the valve on top of the water heater should be closed.
  • Call a plumber. Keep an emergency number nearby for quick access.
  • Call SERVPRO of Novi/Commerce South at 248-344-0044

Flash Floods

12/30/2019 (Permalink)

What is a flash flood?

A flash flood is the rapid flooding of a low-lying geographic area, typically caused by extremely heavy rainfall from thunderstorms. They are the most dangerous type of flood, as they combine the destructive power of a flood with both unpredictability and speed. 

MYTH: Large cars and sports utility vehicles should be able to navigate in deeper flood waters.

TRUTH: Just two feet of swiftly moving flash flood water is enough to float most vehicles - even larger cars and trucks.

MYTH: Flash floods occur only along rivers and streams.

TRUTH: Flash floods can occur nearly anywhere - even in urban areas.

MYTH: Homeowners insurance policies always cover flood damage.

TRUTH: The vast majority of these policies do not cover flood damage.

Call SERVPRO of Novi/Commerce South at 248-344-0044 to assess any water damage in your home

More fire safety tips!

12/30/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Novi/Commerce South cannot stress the importance of fire safety and planning, we want to reiterate fire safety tips to keep you and your family safe!

Did you know that if a fire starts in your home, you may have just two minutes to escape? 

The most effective way to protect yourself and your home from fire is to identify and remove fire hazards. 60 percent of house fire deaths occur in homes with no working smoke alarms. During a home fire, working smoke alarms and a fire escape plan that has been practiced regularly can save lives.

Fire Safety Tips 

  • Talk with all household members about a fire escape plan and practice the plan twice a year.
  • Test smoke alarms once a month, if they’re not working, change the batteries.
  • If a fire occurs in your home, GET OUT, STAY OUT and CALL for help.
  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.
  • Prepare

Preparing and Preventing a Home Fire - Steps You Can Take Now  

  • Keep items that can catch on fire at least three feet away from anything that gets hot, such as space heaters.
  • Never smoke in bed.
  • Talk to your children regularly about the dangers of fire, matches and lighters and keep them out of reach.
  • Download the Monster Guard: Prepare for Emergencies mobile game to teach kids about fire safety and other disasters.
  • Turn portable heaters off when you leave the room or go to sleep.  

Smoke Alarms

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.
  • Teach your children what smoke alarms sound like and what to do when they hear one.
  • Test smoke alarms once a month, if they’re not working, change the batteries.
  • Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years. Never disable smoke or carbon monoxide alarms.
  • Carbon monoxide alarms are not substitutes for smoke alarms. Know the difference between the sound of smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms.

Tips provided by American Red Cross

Have you been to your local fire deparment?

12/30/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Novi/Commerce South encourages you and your family to visit your local fire department if you haven't already done so!  Your local fire department can provide fire safety tips and brochures that can be helpful and get your family involved in your fire safety planning!  It is also important to learn your community's recreational fire burn rules and permit regulations.  In some communities it is legal to burn a small recreational fire without a permit under the following conditions:

  • Burning of fire wood only
  • Size of fire can be no greater then 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet high
  • Fire can at no time create a fire hazard
  • No flammable liquids can be used
  • Fires must always be attended with means of extinguishing readily available
  • Rubbish and yard waste is illegal to burn 

Check in with your local fire department today!