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Hidden Mold

6/7/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Hidden Mold Mold like this can spread very quickly and cause major havoc on your home.

Over time, commercial buildings that are not maintained can cause a property owner a lot of issues. If a roof is old and breaking down, you could have water leaks from the roof that would normally go unnoticed and could cause significant mold growth if unchecked.

As a property owner or property maintenance technician, it is vitally important to make sure that no leaks go undetected and that all cracks are sealed to prevent potential issues from developing after a rain storm or flooding. Mold can grow as soon as 48-72 hours after the event has occurred. In the event that your commercial building experiences a leak through foundation cracks, holes in the exterior or within the walls of your building, call your local SERVPRO experts at (586) 296-3331. We are 24 hours a day and our IICRC-certified staff can handle any emergency water situation that you can imagine

Fire Weather Warnings

6/1/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Weather Warnings Areas like this are susceptible to widespread dry fires.

Two weeks ago, Michigan had a very unusual warning issued by the National Weather Service about a Fire Weather Warning. Some of you may be wondering why the National Weather Service felt the need to issue a fire weather warning. This blog is going to briefly explain why these warnings occur and what causes them to be administered.

Also known as red flag warnings, the criteria for the warnings vary based on land features in the area, the arrangement of the physical features in the area, and distance from major water sources. The conditions that caused the warning to be instituted were because of the perfect storm of high winds, low humidity and high temperatures, all of which leads to rapid spreading of fires.

These warnings are typically accompanied with outdoor burning bans, which is to deter potential fires from accumulating into a potential wildfire. Overall, these warnings can be few and far in between in Michigan, but they are not impossible to occur in the state.

In the event of a household fire, please call SERVPRO of Fraser at (586) 296-3331.

Stop the Leak Before Repairs

5/18/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Stop the Leak Before Repairs Stop the leaks before your floor turns soaked.

Sometimes we get calls from panicked homeowners who have a flood in their home and we have to ask them if the leak or source of loss has been stopped. Majority of the time, they are still having the leaks occur, so they ask us what they should do. This blog today is about finding out who can help to stop leaks in certain areas of your home.

  • If a toilet or sink is the issue, typically your first call should be a plumber to stop the leak or troubleshoot the issue.
  • If a sprinkler system is the source of the issue, it may be in your interest to contact the sprinkler system installing company back or a handyman.
  • If it is a foundational issue that is causing the water in your home, then a foundation specialist may be the best option for you.
  • Pipe bursts inside the home, it can be stopped by shutting off your main water source, and consulting either a plumber or someone like us.

In all the above situations, typically the steps listed are needed to be done first before any action can take place from our end. We can help the cleanup after all of these situations and will gladly contribute towards the cleanup.

If you suspect your home is impacted by water damage, call your local SERVPRO experts at (586) 296-3331 or email us at

Types of Smoke Damage

5/9/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Types of Smoke Damage Smoke damage can end up in any crevice or area of your home.

Soot from fires may look the same from a visual perspective, but there are a lot of different formations of soot. When looking at the soot, it is important to know whether the soot itself is wet or dry, if there is an oily residue or if leftover fire extinguisher residue is still available.

  • If the smoke is dry, it occurs from fast burning fires that have a high temperature.
  • Low temperature fires typically have wet soot because at the low temperatures, the moisture can still exist within the materials that were burned.
  • Depending on the brand and type of your fire extinguisher, certain residues can be left, which will alter how the soot looks and feels.

It is important to know that different types of soot requires different types of cleanup catered to the molecular composition of that soot. Having a proper cleanup method is essential and only professionally qualified people can restore your home to its proper state. For any questions about smoke damage in your home, call your local Fraser SERVPRO experts at (586) 296-3331.

Common Areas of Water Shutoffs.

5/1/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Common Areas of Water Shutoffs. Shutoffs such as this one, tend to be stored in the back parts of business and away from the client-facing side of buildings.

The average homeowner may know where the alarm system is, or where their fusebox is located, but do you know where your main water shutoff is? This is vitally important in the event of a flood situation because if you know where the damage occurred then you can stop the damage from impacting the rest of your home. Here are some common areas where water shutoffs are located.

Sinks/Toilets: Many homes and businesses that we enter into have shutoffs located underneath or behind the sinks and toilets. This naturally makes sense because the piping and their framework of these two areas of your home are near the source of water.

Perimeter of your home: Typically most main shutoffs are located on the street side of your home. Having a shutoff near a drain is typically common and is near the main core of the foundation of your home.

Access Panels: This is likely when a homeowner puts up drywall around the shutoff. Any contractor with a professional work style would create easy access for the shutoffs in case of emergency. It is very unwise to close off a main shutoff.

If you suspect your home is impacted by water damage, call your local SERVPRO experts at (586) 296-3331 or email us at

In Need of Spring Cleaning?

4/18/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial In Need of Spring Cleaning? A deep clean can save yourself a lot of hassle.

It’s that time of year again. Spring Cleaning is upon us and our crew here at SERVPRO of Fraser would love to help!

Our services include commercial carpet cleaning, cleaning of ceilings, walls and floors, as well as drapes, upholstery and blinds. Having your business cleaned by a professional crew can add a better presentation overall to the business. It also helps to create a favorable impression on your customers. This is especially important for restaurants, realtors, as well as corporate offices. Any business can benefit from a good deep clean. We pride ourselves on honesty, trust and integrity and it shows through the work that we do.

If your commercial business or building needs some tender love and care or is in need of some cleaning, please call your Fraser SERVPRO experts at (586) 296-3331. We will make the dust and grime look “Like it never even happened.”

How Can SERVPRO Cover All Storms?

4/16/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How Can SERVPRO Cover All Storms? Storms like this require Disaster Recovery teams like the ones we have at SERVPRO.

SERVPRO franchises across the country are industry leaders in restoring areas after mass weather events like flooding, hurricanes and other sources of extreme weather. The Storm Response Program works to maximize production volume during these catastrophic events, and mitigate the damage as quickly and diligently as possible. There are four franchise owned Storm Teams that respond to events across the country, prepared to help at anytime, anywhere. SERVPRO always answers the call and mobilizes to service National Accounts clients' customers.

Larger disasters that need to be serviced provide thousands of opportunities and require hundreds of crews to be dispatched to the area to help restore. Out of state crews from Ohio and Indiana came to Michigan last month during the severe snow storms that hit our region.

Storm Response is managed in six different phases:

  1. Promote and plan
  2. Monitor the potential event
  3. Activate the event
  4. Execute the event
  5. Exit the event
  6. Post event 

The Storm Response/ Disaster Recovery Team is not meant to be a severity initiative, however, commercial or large losses often occur in Storm affected areas. When this occurs, storm leaders work with CLLD and LLRT to respond to opportunities and manage the work produced. 

Why You Should Not Use Bleach on Mold

4/3/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Why You Should Not Use Bleach on Mold Mold can present itself in the smallest of places. Porous drywall still has the root of the mold spore within the material.

Occasionally, we hear of customers that use bleach to stop mold and we start to shake our collective heads. It may look like it is gone, but really the spores are just hiding in the porous materials of carpet, hardwood floors and drywall. Here are some reasons as to why it is not a good idea to use bleach for mold remediation.

  • Various types of bleaches are made with specific purposes in mind. The chemical makeup of these bleaches are not always the same, and can even vary wildly amongst brands. There are much more suited cleaning options for mold remediation that are specifically designed to combat mold growth.
  • Liquid bleach has a large amount of health related impacts. Organizations like OSHA and the EPA have stopped recommending the use of bleach for mold cleanup because of the environmental damage it can cause.
  • Bleach can actually cause mold spores to grow more because of the chlorine evaporation, leaving behind water that feeds mold spore growth. This is particularly prevalent in carpets and wood floors as the mold spore root tends to reside in the core of the materials present.

If you believe that you have a mold problem in your home, it may be best to call the local experts at SERVPRO of Fraser at 586-296-3331.

How to Mitigate Odors after a Flood

3/26/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How to Mitigate Odors after a Flood Water losses are well known to have odors associated with them.

After a flood, your home can have a distinct smell that is pungent. Other odors can also blend in to make a pretty significant odor that travels throughout your home. Here are some steps to take to try and mitigate the odors from staying in your home.

It is essential for your home to have proper ventilation, and if the odor is strong enough, it may be best to leave the windows open or cracked to allow for outside air to enter your home. The air circulation will remove the odor from a concentrated spot in your home to the outside where it can be broken down.

Another step would be to launder the items that were impacted by the flood. Fabrics such as cotton, wool or polyester are prone to absorbing moisture. When left on the ground, they can continue to wick up moisture and can start to develop strong odors, so removing that wicked in moisture and laundering the clothing can help to greatly reduce the strength of the odor, if not completely mitigating the odor.

Finally, another quick fix that you have in your home is to apply a little baking soda to the affected area. This works best on carpeted areas. The baking soda should be left overnight and then vacuumed out of the carpet the next morning to remove the excess residue.

In the event of an odor emergency, call your local SERVPRO experts at 586-296-3331.

Business Continuity Through the 1-4-8 Program

3/16/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Business Continuity Through the 1-4-8 Program Commercial Buildings require immediate response to prevent further damages.

It is a business owner’s worst nightmare to get a call saying that their business has an emergency. Owners in these situations are fearing the worst: having to decide how much this will impact their earnings and what the best possible solution is for their company and the employees. When we get calls from owners like this, it becomes our goal to get your business back up and running in the most timely and efficient manner possible.

Our 1-4-8 Program is a key factor in maintaining business continuity:

If you call during regular business hours, you will receive an immediate response

If you call after hours, our 1-4-8 protocol works as follows:

  • Within 1 hour: Within an hour, you will have been contacted by a SERVPRO staff member, gathering information and details to start the project.
  • Within 4 hours: A crew will arrive at your home to start Emergency Services.  
  • Within 8 hours: We will contact and update your insurance company to give an initial update and progress of your job.

In the event of an emergency, call your local SERVPRO experts at 586-296-3331.