CE Classes are Here!
Sign up today if you are due to fulfill your CE credits on Water Damage!
SERVPRO of Fraser is hosting a free CE class on October 26, 2017, at the Rahi Executive Center from 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. 100% attendance is required to receive CE credit for the course.
The Rahi Executive Center is located on 23550 Harper Avenue, in St. Clair Shores. We will provide free coffee, donuts, as well as a lunch for all who attend. This class is a (4) credit class on Restorative Drying for Water Damage.
Attendees will learn about how water damage impacts the insurance world, the emergency services associated with SERVPRO as well as various talks on the drying process, inspection services, and understanding the water restoration services that are provided in a water loss.
If you are interested in signing up for the course, please call us at (586) 296-3331 or email us at SERVPRO9752@gmail.com. Seating is limited, so please call and reserve your seat! We are excited to see you all there!
The Hurricane Season and Mold
The path of Irma was fierce on the coast of Florida.
After the recent hurricanes of Harvey and Irma, the storms will leave the cities affected with another grave health concern: The development of widespread mold. The mold growth is especially rapid in humid areas like Houston and the Florida Keys. This can be a cause of great concern if the mold issues are not taken care of immediately and can lead to damaged sinuses, COPD, asthma and damages to a person’s respiratory tract. The long-term effects are dangerous and could potentially warrant a state of emergency issued for those communities. SERVPRO franchises across the nation have helped in the cleanup, along with our national Storm Team. Over 500 crews from our franchises have accumulated to expedite the water extraction process so that these families can go home to safer conditions. We want to salute our fellow franchises for the efforts being performed in the areas affected by Irma and Harvey and that SERVPRO strives to make disaster situations “Like it never even happened.”
The Importance of Emergency Drills for Workplace Safety
SERVPRO of Fraser is here to help with our ERP!
Businesses are severely in danger when an emergency situation occurs. The goal of all businesses is to keep business continuity at a premium and making sure that your business does not suffer in an emergency situation. Here are a few characteristics to consider regarding workplace drills.
1. Know your emergency contacts!
It is amazing how often business owners are not aware of what to do in the event of an emergency. A way to test yourself is to work out a scenario during an emergency preparedness drill. If you find that you do not have a plan of action established, then it means that you must prepare an emergency preparedness plan, which SERVPRO can prepare for FREE with our ERP.
2. Place importance on the process.
Having drills once a year in your workplace can help to establish what to do in times of crisis. It is always unexpected when a crisis scenario occurs, so it is important to know what steps are to be taken in an emergency situation.
3. Be observant.
It is vital for all employees to know exactly what to do in the event of an emergency. This should be covered in all employee onboarding or in new employee orientations when you are first hired in at a workplace. By establishing a safe workplace culture and being aware of where to be will help you to become a smarter and safer employee for your business.
Checking Your Home After A Fire
Structural Integrity is typically altered or destroyed after a fire.
After a fire situation, the damage can be severe and maneuvering around a home is very difficult. In assessing your home, it is important to look at these different characteristics of your home:
- The outside of your home: Your home can have structural damage on the outside of the home such as down power lines, down gas lines as well as missing support beams. This is pertinent information to find because it will help you to assess the potential damages.
- Check for gas: If you smell some mysterious odors within your home, then it is best to leave the premises. Gas leaks can be fatal if a person has prolonged exposure to the leak.
- Beware of suspicious odors/sounds: If you don’t understand why something smells or sounds abnormal in your home, it is best to be vigilant and find the proper professionals to administer a fix. It is always best to err on the side of caution regarding a hazard in your home.
If you suspect that your home has an issue regarding water, fire, mold or biohazard, please call your local Fraser experts at SERVPRO of Fraser at (586) 296-3331.
You Never Know When! – Flood Statistics
The National Flood Insurance Program is a FEMA institution and has been around since 1968.
In 2016, the National Flood Insurance Program, or NFIP, reported 59,332 losses were paid out by their organization. There were more losses nationally in 2016 than in 2013-2015 combined. Michigan bucked this national trend, as the state only had 123 reported losses paid out from Oct 2015 to Sep 2016, which was below then mean average of the rest of the country. This is partially due to the mild winters we had in the state, which resulted in lower amounts of precipitation for the state and the Midwest region as a whole. In a normal winter, our state would have likely had a considerable amount more in claims for floods and or water damage claims through the NFIP as well as other sources. If you suspect that your home has been affected by a fire, water or mold situation, please call your local experts at SERVPRO of Fraser by dialing (586) 296-3331 or emailing us at SERVPRO9752@gmail.com.
Storm Warning: Water Damage in the Common Area
A dehumidifier set up near the source of the water loss.
Our SERVPRO of Fraser team worked on a water loss at a church in Waterford. Multiple rooms were affected and it all started on Memorial Day Weekend. Our owner went out to the Church around 11:00pm to start the drying and cleaning process for the church and try to get them ready as soon as we could for service. The drying process took a while as there were multiple rooms affected by the water that came from outside and leaked through a door. The rainstorm had flooded the drains and caused some issues for various rooms within the church. Within a week, their facility was back to its pre-storm self and we finished in time for them to have their normal Sunday service. If your facility has been affected by the summer storm season and creates damage for your building, then call your local Fraser SERVPRO at (586) 296-3331.
Big-Time Cleaning for Senior Center in Troy
How the room looked after we cleaned it.
SERVPRO franchises may often have work on holiday weekends, and this Memorial Day weekend was no exception. Our franchise was working around the clock on that Memorial Day weekend when we were cleaning a brand-new senior living facility slated for its grand opening on the Tuesday after Memorial Day. Our crew worked tirelessly to ensure that the building could stand up to the standards that were placed on us by our customer. On a larger commercial building, our franchise makes sure that we are constantly aware of the task at hand and working towards being as efficient and timely as we can to ensure that we can cover the deadlines with the utmost quality and professionalism. SERVPRO of Fraser can work 24/7 and would love to perform larger commercial cleanings for our Fraser area businesses. If you are interested in our cleaning services, call us at 586-296-3331.
Disaster Recovery Team Capabilities
SERVPRO's Disaster Recovery Team in action.
In the event of a major disaster or weather event, SERVPRO has a Commercial Large Loss Division that can handle the most severe of weather conditions. The SERVPRO System has a network of strategically positioned storm teams on standby should a disaster strike near you. Available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are prepared for the unpredictable. They have handled a myriad of disasters such as Hurricane Ike, Sandy and Katrina, as well as weather events like a Polar Vortex. The Large Loss team prides itself on providing the best service possible and making sure that they can restore the pre-disaster state of the area and cut the costs down by restoring instead of replacing. If you are pressed in an emergency situation and you’re in need of assistance during a major fire, water or mold event, please call your local SERVPRO Franchise at 1-800-SERVPRO.
Fourth of July Fire Safety
We wish our SERVPRO of Fraser customers and partners a fun and safe Fourth of July Season!
The National Fire Protection Association produced a “Fireworks” report which provided estimates of fire damage and associated losses caused by fireworks through 2013. According to this report, fireworks caused an estimated 15,600 reported fires in the U.S., including 1,400 structure fires, 200 vehicle fires, and 14,000 outside and other fires in 2013. Sparklers and Firecracker damage accounts for over half of injuries caused by fireworks. The holidays are a time for celebration and taking preventive measures as well as making sure that all precautions are taken are vital to ensuring that your Fourth of July night is not affected by a self-created disaster. It is also important that fireworks are used in a safe location away from buildings and other housing facilities that could be affected by damage. In the event of an emergency where your home is affected by fire damage during the holidays, please call your local SERVPRO experts at (586) 296-3331.
We Help All in Need
Our Owner, Paul, is working hard to ensure that the water is extracted.
It’s never easy to have to move to a new place and break away from your typical daily routine, but especially as a senior citizen. This particular senior center had a water loss that affected two floors and multiple rooms. Two main floor rooms needed to be evacuated and those residents had to be moved from their rooms for the time being in order for us to properly extract the water within their rooms. We worked well into the midnight hour to make sure that we were able to dry the rooms properly. The rooms will be finished within the week and the tenants will be able to move back into their rooms in exactly the same condition that they had before the disaster. If your business experiences any sort of pipe break or water disaster, call in your local SERVPRO experts at (586) 296-3331. We want to make the disaster look “Like it never even happened."