Recent Why SERVPRO Posts

Asbestos containing materials

6/27/2022 (Permalink)

Asbestos containing materials can be hazardous if not abated properly. Knowing what materials to look out for is crucial to preventing an unsafe environment in your home. Some materials to look out for before removing are plaster, drywall and vinyl. The year of your home helps determine the likeliness of the materials being positive. SERVPRO of Novi/Commerce South and Bloomfield tests these types of materials prior to removing them to ensure there is no chance of cross contamination after the fact. SERVPRO of Novi/Commerce South and Bloomfield will test regardless of the year of your home because positive results have been found even after asbestos was banned in 1989. Hopefully you do not come across asbestos in your home, but if you do please call us at 248-344-0044, we can help you abate it properly.

Choose SERVPRO of Novi/Commerce South and Bloomfield today!

6/27/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Novi/Commerce South and Bloomfield is here to help!  We offer a variety of services for both your residential and commercial needs.  We offer the following services.

  • Water restoration

We can provide water restoration for water damage caused by appliances, broken pipes and supply lines, sump pump failures, storm damage, etc.

  • Fire restoration

In addition to restoring and cleaning fire damages, we also work with odor, soot and smoke damage

  • Cleaning

SERVPRO of Novi/Commerce South offers a variety of cleaning services including general and specialized cleaning as well as carpet cleaning

  • Mold remediation

We are fully licensed and certified to perform all your mold remediation needs, call us at 248-344-0044

  • Reconstruction

SERVPRO of Novi/Commerce South offers full reconstruction repair services for all losses that include water, storm, fire and mold remediation.

Why choose SERVPRO

1/6/2022 (Permalink)

If you are dealing with water, mold, fire or smoke damage to your home or business, figuring out the next steps can be stressful and overwhelming.  Call a reputable company you can trust at SERVPRO of Novi/Commerce South and Bloomfield.  Why SERVPRO?

  • Available 24/7 with a quick response time.  Time is essential to mitigate damages from becoming worse or becoming secondary damages
  • IICRC certified technicians with ongoing training
  • State of the art restoration equipment
  • Disaster Recovery Teams and additional resources provided by other SERVPRO franchises during storm events
  • Easier Insurance claim process is coordinated for a quicker, easier experience
  • Restore vs Replace Mentality to restore your property using specialized techniques
  • Reconstruction repairs are offered for a seamless process

Call SERVPRO of Novi/Commerce South and Bloomfield today at 248-344-0044

Wintertime tips!

1/6/2022 (Permalink)

Winter time is here in Michigan!  From experience we all know this brings snow, ice and cold temperatures.  SERVPRO of Novi/Commerce South and Bloomfield want to share some helpful tips to protect your home from the brutal Michigan weather.

  • Review your homeowners insurance coverage and understand what your policy covers
  • Clean gutters and use gutter guards 
  • Direct water away from home to protect foundation
  • Remove dead tree branches 
  • Insulate exposed plumbing pipes
  • Let faucets drip if weather gets extremely cold
  • Install emergency pressure release valve
  • Keep cabinet doors open so the pipes under the sink are exposed to warmer weather
  • Make any necessary roof repairs
  • Insulate attic
  • Purchase and use roof rake
  • Keep tarps handy
  • Always keep heat on while you are away
  • Purchase a generator
  • Move furniture away from heat sources
  • Keep fireplace clean
  • Install a sump pump
  • Upgrade to storm windows
  • Raise appliances off floor
  • Test smoke detectors
  • Keep fire extinguisher handy

SERVPRO tips to prevent water damage

1/4/2022 (Permalink)

Living in Michigan has taught us damaging storms can occur at anytime throughout the year and SERVPRO of Novi/Commerce South and Bloomfield has tips to prepare your home to minimize potential damages. 

1) Create an emergency kit for your home that includes flashlight and extra batteries, first aid kit, three gallons of water per person, three day supply of non-perishable food, extra clothes and blankets, pet supplies and prescribed medications

2) Winterize home by insulating walls, attics and basements as wells as insulating pipes that run through walls

3) Be informed where water valves are located in home for emergency shut off

4) Clean gutters to prevent ice dams from forming

5) Clear storm drains around curb to enable water to drain

6) Plan a back up heating source

7) Install battery operated CO detectors near sleeping areas 

SERVPRO has extensive experience with storm situations, call SERVPRO of Novi/Commerce South and Bloomfield today at 248-344-0044 

Restoration Process

1/3/2022 (Permalink)

A water, fire, smoke, or mold loss can be an extremely stressful event and SERVPRO of Novi/Commerce South and Bloomfield is here to help from start to finish and can be reached at 248-344-0044.  Our franchise offers reconstruction services as well as water, fire, smoke, mold, and cleaning services therefore you conveniently only need to make one call to complete your restoration process. 

SERVPRO of Novi/Commerce South and Bloomfield offers years of mitigation experience and employees hold IICRC certifications which they must maintain with continuous training and education.  We also offer full reconstruction services and can complete the repairs from the mitigation process ensuring our customer's satisfaction in dealing with just one company for the entire repair process.  Call SERVPRO of Novi/Commerce South and Bloomfield today to get your restoration process started at 248-344-0044


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

Why choose SERVPRO for your business reopening needs?

12/9/2020 (Permalink)

Did your office close due to COVID-19? If you are preparing to get back to business, SERVPRO of Novi/Commerce South is here to get the job done. Our effective sanitization and disinfection services will help minimize the transmission of emerging pathogens and viruses, such as COVID-19, and will give you and your staff a clean fresh start.

SERVPROXIDE is SERVPRO's main disinfectant and we have utilized it when being asked to clean and disinfect COVID-19 in businesses and homes. SERVPROXIDE has EPA-approved claims against things such as the Feline coronavirus, Canine coronavirus, staphylococcus, E.coli, Salmonella, Rotavirus, and Swine flu.

Now, more than ever it is important to provide a safe and clean environment for your staff and customers. Have your facility sanitized and disinfected by SERVPRO of Novi/Commerce South to bring a peace of mind to all. We are available at your convenience for any size cleaning and sanitization jobs.

Why choose SERVPRO for mold issues in your home or business?

12/9/2020 (Permalink)

Do you have mold issues in your home or business? SERVPRO of Novi/Commerce South can help!

When mold has a food source, it can spread throughout an entire home in as little as 48 hours. Typically come spring and summer, homeowners discover mold due to a water intrusion of any size that came during the winter season.

Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, both indoors and outdoors, and is identifiable by a strong musty odor.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float in the air, and can enter your home through windows, doors, heating and cooling systems, or on your clothing.
  • Mold thrives on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water, and it is these colonies of mold that produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, the source of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold will return.
  • Indoor humidity needs to be below 45%, as a higher than normal indoor humidity will support the growth of mold.

Should you come across any mold issues, SERVPRO can be of service to inspect and assess your property and remediate the problem.

Why SERVPRO to handle roof leaks from ice dams this winter?

12/9/2020 (Permalink)

Ice dams are an issue in colder weather areas, and can cause major water damage to the exterior and interior of a structure as water is pulled into your home or business through the roof. Ice dams can cause intense damage to the structure of your home and lead to mold growth. 

The first thing to do is to take the necessary to steps to keep ice dams from forming in the first place. Key elements in the prevention of ice dams are proper attic insulation and ventilation, which will provide an optimal temperature balance in the attic and prevent the thaw and freeze cycle that causes an ice dam.

However, should you see the first signs of an ice dam formation, SERVPRO of Novi/Commerce South can help. We can mitigate any water damage and help return your structure to its original condition “Like it never even happened.” Call the professionals at 248-344-0044, 24/7!

Why SERVPRO for your cleaning needs?

12/9/2020 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of Novi/Commerce South, we are the cleaning experts. During these unprecedented times of a global pandemic, this is our reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services and we constantly adhere to the highest sanitation standards.

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business according to protocols set by the CDC. SERVPRO goes beyond just a basic clean. The CDC encourages regular cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards and tablets. Other high traffic areas, including kitchens, bathrooms, schools, classrooms, offices, retail spaces, sales counters, stair handrails, elevators, and fitness equipment should all be sanitized regularly.

Let SERVPRO of Novi/Commerce South take your cleaning to the next level with the use of our SERVPROXIDE, which is a hospital grade disinfectant as recommended by the CDC. Call the experts today!

Fall tip - Attic inspections

8/29/2019 (Permalink)

The weather is getting cooler which makes it a perfect time to inspect your attic.  You should be checking your attic yearly to spot any problems before they cause significant damage.  Be on the look out for any water staining, mold, animal feces or any roof leaks or wet insulation.  The most important thing to look out for is proper ventilation and insulation.  Take the time to add insulation if needed especially in homes built in the 90's or earlier.  Mold growth can form in the attic if proper ventilation is not installed.  Take action at any sign of rodent activity, avoiding the issue could end up costing yourself thousands of dollars!  Call SERVPRO of Novi South Commerce today at 248-344-0044 if you need assistance and we would be happy to help!

Insurance claim process

8/29/2019 (Permalink)

We at SERVPRO of Novi Commerce South know how stressful a water loss can be.  We will walk you through every step of the process so you know what to expect.  We work with every insurance company and will keep them updated during the job process as well as sending the insurance company a complete job file at end of mitigation.  SERVPRO also has national contracts with many insurance companies and we have built relationships with many local insurance adjusters.  Let SERVPRO of Novi Commerce South  do the worrying for you!  We also offer reconstruction for any type of insurance or self pay loss including water, fire, smoke, mold and bio hazard and respond to emergencies 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!  Call someone you can trust, call us today!

Emergency tips

8/29/2019 (Permalink)

Emergencies are very stressful and can severely disrupt your life.  We have listed some tips below that can be helpful to you in an emergency:

Tip #1 - Call SERVPRO of Novi Commerce South at 248-344-0044, the company you can trust in any emergency! 

Tip #2 - Try to stay as calm as possible, you have called for help and we are on the way!

Tip #3 - Move items that can be saved to a non affected area such as the garage if possible

Tip #4 - Take pictures of the source and damaged items for your insurance company

Tip #5 - Always be aware of location of main water shut off valve

Tip #6 - Be informed of your insurance policy and of any limits such as water back ups

IICRC Certified firm

8/29/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Novi Commerce South is an IICRC certified firm and we participate in continuing education credits to maintain our certification.  All of our employees are required to take multiple IICRC classes and we are certified in water, fire and smoke, odor, mold and bio hazard clean up.  We have the tools and knowledge to respond to any type of emergency that comes our way!  IICRC teaches our production staff the "science" behind the drying process to ensure the proper steps are completed in the drying process evidenced by our drying log reports.  Classes specialize on each process and includes a test on the last day of class that must be passed in order to earn certification.  Our production staff is certified in AMRT (Applied Microbial Remediation Technician), ASD (Applied Structural Drying), CCT (Carpet Cleaning Technician), FSRT (Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration Technician), OCT (Odor Control Technician), TCST (Trauma and Crime Scene Technician), and WRT (Water Damage Restoration)