Mold from Pipe Bursts from the Polar Vortex?
Even our owner Paul will come out to do the work!
Within the last few weeks, the frigid temperatures and vast amounts of snowfall have caused many breaks within the pipes in the Southeast Michigan region. Even with the temperatures warming up since then, the changes in temperatures can cause cracking around the exterior of your home, which may cause interior damage. Many homes that were left unattended have been affected and are now either susceptible to or have mold within the damaged homes.
If this is the case for your property, please call a professional company like SERVPRO of Fraser to remove any interior mold within your home. By calling in a professional, you can save yourself from a lot of headaches later on because the remediation techniques performed by our staff will remove any chance that mold will ever reside within the affected area of your home because of the storms. It will also greatly reduce the cost of repairs should the mold problems be ignored. Call us at (586) 296-3331 for a professional assessment.
How Technology Impacts Water Damage Restoration
Drones are becoming increasingly common in the restoration industry.
Like everything in life, things change and processes get redeveloped to make things quicker, more efficient and with the end result in mind. This blog is going to talk about the various technologies that are used in water damage cleanup.
One such technology that is relatively new to the restoration industry is the use of drones to determine where water damage resides. Drones can find water damage in areas where it is deemed unsafe to roam into. With this access, the drone can also take pictures from angles that are not possible by a crew member and helps the insurance company to value out and determine what areas can be removed and what areas can be dried and or salvaged.
Another technological innovation within restoration is thermal imaging. This along with moisture readings can help to ensure that the structure can maintain a strong integrity after a water loss and keep the materials in line with the environmental conditions surrounding the material.
In the event of water damage in the Fraser area, you can call your local SERVPRO experts at (586) 296-3331.
Storm Damage and its Impact on Restoration
Storm activity can cause major havoc.
For a lot of restoration companies, especially in the coastal regions of the U.S., the storm season is when a typical SERVPRO has their busy seasons. Here in Fraser, however, our storms have been few and far between this winter.
In the event of any major episode of precipitation, our franchise will typically experience a massive spike in calls, leading to our crews working long days in order to fulfill those homes in need. Storm damage can account for a large share of yearly revenues for a restoration company, so the weather, while uncontrollable, becomes an important variable to monitor.
SERVPRO's call center tracks various storm situations in our franchise's area as well as the other franchises located throughout the Continental U.S. In the event of a major storm activity, be aware that SERVPRO locations around the country will mobilize to remove damage and prevent further damage to the surrounding areas. Call your local SERVPRO of Fraser experts if you are impacted in a major storm situation and we will work to make the damage in your home look "Like it never even happened."
Does My Insurance Policy Cover Mold?
Early detection of water damage will help prevent extensive mold growth.
Mold spores exist naturally almost everywhere, so removing all of it from a home or property is practically impossible. Mold is found throughout our environment and our body has certain amounts of tolerance towards mold. We try to focus instead on identifying the mold, controlling it before it spreads, overseeing its removal through proper procedures and with the environment of the home in mind. It is also important to ensure that moisture is controlled to limit future contamination or recontamination, making sure that safety and health precautions are taken into consideration.
Mold can develop on any space that allows for optimal growth conditions. This depends on the conditions in the environment of your home and the different toxins that thrive there. The key to its growth is moisture, which can occur due to temperature changes, roof or plumbing leaks, flooding, or humidity. Mold removal or remediation can be expensive, but depending on your policy, some of the cost may be covered by your homeowner’s insurance.
If you find that you experience a mold situation, call SERVPRO of Fraser at (586) 296-3331 and we will aim to make the mold within your home or business look "Like it never even happened."
Fire Damage Restoration Process
Fire Damage cleanup requires lots of time and careful cleaning.
Fire damage is often one of the most catastrophic events that can happen to a home. Especially for families that can’t afford to lose their home. In this blog, SERVPRO of Fraser aims to educate you on the reasons why fire damage situations take the most work for our franchise and how we work on fire damaged claim situations.
As a fire increases in severity, the more the dollar amount of your insurance claim goes up, which can lead to some conflicts between an insurance company and a homeowner. SERVPRO works for you in order to get any and all damages covered so that you can return to a home that you had before the fire. We work to make sure that you can get a fair value for the items that were damaged within your home.
The insurance company will assess the claim and give each item an approximate value based on the valuation of the item in hand. We provide photo evidence for the insured and we collect those photos and compile them to make the assessing an easier task for the appraiser or adjuster.
If you experience a fire damaged situation and need guidance or a company willing to do what it needs to do for their clients, call us at (586) 296-3331.
Commercial Facilities that SERVPRO of Fraser Can Service
We can clean any situation anywhere.
SERVPRO of Fraser has serviced many different homes and facilities this year. We have done cleaning, flood cleanup and fire damage restoration for everything from Senior Living Facilities, to Campgrounds and everything else in between.
Some examples of different structures and buildings we can clean and perform emergency cleaning procedures include:
- Healthcare Facilities (Hospitals, Urgent Cares, Doctor Offices, Dental Offices, etc.)
- Retail Centers and Strip Malls
- Restaurants and Banquet Halls
- Hospitality Facilities (Hotels, Motels, Airbnbs)
Any facility that has a roof and structure we can clean and we aim to be the best restoration experience you will have in the Macomb County and Metro Detroit area. We work hard, so that you don't have to.
If you find that you experience a flood, fire and or bio-hazard situation, call SERVPRO of Fraser at (586) 296-3331 and we will aim to make the situation within your home or business look "Like it never even happened."
Simple tips to avoid drain blockage problems.
Air Movers are used to dry certain areas by the drain.
- .Simple tips on drainage blockage prevention FAT:grease from fats and oils may be liquid on entering the drain,But it soon gets cold down there and will rapidly congeal,Become a sticky solid mass that adheres to pipe walls and attracts further waste to it.HAIR:both human and pet hair are also major clog factors the simplest way to avoid drains becoming blocked by hair build up is to install simple mesh screens over all your drains,mainly shower and bath drainsFIBROUS MATERIALS:items such as wet wipes dental floss cotton balls and feminine hygiene items should be disposed of in a bin not flushed down the toilet.They easily snag on rough parts inside drains and build up into potential blockages.Tips to remain clean drain! As well as teaching your family what is safe and what is not safe to dispose of down the drains,It's a good idea to use some simple regular cleaning procedures a handful of baking soda in the drain followed by a kettle with hot water (not boiling) any further questions feel free to give us a call at 586-296-3331
Mold And Your Health
Exposure to damp and moldy environments over time could cause a variety of health effects or none at all. Some people are sensitive to molds. For these people molds can cause Nasal stuffiness,throat irritation,coughing or wheezing,eye irritation or in some cases skin irritation.The most common form of Hypersensitivity is caused by the direct exposure to inhaled mold spores that could be dead or alive or Hyphal fragments which can lead to allergic asthma or allergic rhinitis. The long term effects of mold is also known to cause asthma and life threating primary and secondary infections in immune comprised patients that have been exposed .Toxic mold exposure has also been linked to more serious long term effects like memory loss, insomnia,anxiety,depression,confusion,trouble concentrating.any other questions feel free to give us a call 586-296-3331
How to Stop an Overflowing Toilet
Public Bathrooms like this one are prone to issues with overflowing toilets.
Stopping a overflowing toilet requires fast action and quick thinking. The first thing to do is carefully and quickly remove the lid from the toilet tank, set it aside make sure you put it somewhere secure. Next, reach inside the toilet tank and press down on the flapper valve. The flapper is the rubber piece in the bottom center of the tank. Doing this will stop the water flow and should prevent it from overflowing over the sides. Once you have the flapper valve secured, stop the tank from overfilling by lifting up on the valve that operates the tank fill valve. With the main water supply cut off, the water level in the bowl should start to drop slowly. The water levels will drop back to normal and you should be able to let go of the float and let the bowl fill. Most newer toilets prevent overflows and are designed to combat a situation like this, but it is still important to keep an eye on the water levels.
Importance of Ventilation in the Bathroom
Mold in a Bathroom
Mold in the bathroom is a common occurrence. Most often homeowners don't even think about areas in their bathroom which may be mold. There may be staining on the ceiling, discoloration in the grout or a slight odor in the bathroom. Mold can often be prevented in the bathroom. Proper ventilation is important to have in the bathroom. Turn on the fan or open the window when taking a shower to help with the humidity and steam caused during a shower. Be sure to remove wet items and do not let them sit in the bathroom for long periods of time. Also, clean up any standing water right away to prevent the wetness from sitting in the bathroom for a long time. If possible, wipe down the shower/bathtub after use. All of these suggestions will help prevent mold growth in the bathroom. If you experience mold, or suspect you may have mold feel free to give SERVPRO of Fraser a call at 586-296-3331. We are here to help.