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So Why SERVPRO of Fraser?

7/11/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Fraser's own banner.

SERVPRO is the national leader in the restoration industry, and our SERVPRO of Fraser franchise works to serve you with the utmost care and expertise.  

At SERVPRO of Fraser, we are here to help make your disaster look “Like it never even happened." No matter the size or scope of the job, we can rely on our franchise’s strong crew to manage your home’s disaster with efficiency and proper protocols. If the need arises, we can also reach into our network of 1,700 independently owned and operated Franchises and work together to restore your home or commercial property in a responsive and professional manner. SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team is another platform that we can utilize to ensure that we can handle any and every disaster within our territorial reach.

There is not a situation that we have not handled here at SERVPRO of Fraser. In our 10 years of operation, we have been in and handled many different situations in the restoration world, and our knowledge gained from those experiences is evident in our assessments and workmanship. If fire, water or mold damage strikes your home or commercial property, call SERVPRO of Fraser at 586-296-3331.

Storm Damage in the Macomb County Area.

6/23/2019 (Permalink)

Devastating impacts can be felt in storm damage situations.

Untreated storm damage can be a devastating and time consuming event for a homeowner. This also happens during inconvenient times and leaving the damage untreated can lead to serious damage.

Within hours, water will start soaking into drywall, upholstery and other porous materials. If it is continued to be left untreated, your home’s drywall will break and musty odors becomes present within your home.

Mold and mildew growth will manifest anywhere from 48 hours to a week after storm damage. This can also impact your wood flooring and or corkboard and start to cause swelling and can also cause warping of your windows and doors. The important thing to remember is that the longer the damage is left untreated, the more expense that will incur for repairing the damages. If you fear that your home has suffered significant storm damage, call your local SERVPRO of Fraser franchise at (586) 296-3331.

Why You Should Watch for Mold in Your Facility or Building

6/15/2019 (Permalink)

Better to be safe than sorry about your mold problem!

For many of the buildings near our Fraser office, it is essential that the building remain cleanliness and a clean environment. This is often because of health standards, industry standards or various other outside bodies that control and regulate that these buildings maintain a certain level of cleanliness.

Therefore when you find mold in your building, it is best to have the mold immediately taken care of. Mold spores are not something that should be left over time. Mold growth can happen quickly and without warning, so it is best to have the mold remediated upon discovery. 

Mold and bleach, contrary to popular belief, is not an effective combination. If you suspect that mold is in your facility, have it assessed by a mold remediation professional, like SERVPRO of Fraser. Call in an team of professionals to ensure that the mold you see will not grow into mold that causes further problems for your building or your health.

How We Can Improve Fraser's Commercial Properties

6/9/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Fraser works to make your commercial property show its best attributes.

Our goal at SERVPRO of Fraser is to make sure that the homes and buildings that we work on are left better than before we entered. It does not matter whether it requires a little extra time and effort, the important goal is to make sure that we can clean and remediate damage from your building in a very efficient and professional manner.

We can improve a commercial building in many ways. One of those ways, is by mapping out a game plan that seeks to clean your building with the safest and most natural cleaning solutions that aim to maintain the quality of the items we can. SERVPRO makes sure that their franchises have access to the appropriate chemicals needed to clean any surface, furniture piece or wall within your building. We often rely on that expertise to make sure that we provide premium service for our clients.

Another way we can improve your commercial property is by providing maximum flexibility with our commercial property owner and managers. We can work around the schedules of our vendors to provide the best timing for their needs and wants. We do this to ensure that we maintain strong alliances that help to improve their communities and in turn create more opportunity for our franchise to clean sister properties.

Residential Fires vs. Commercial Fires

5/27/2019 (Permalink)

Fires can be very damaging.

Fires that occur in homes and commercial buildings often require a majority of the same processes needed to remediate the fire and its damage effectively, but there are slight differences that can impact how we manage the project.

One big difference that can occur is when the structural integrity of a commercial building is impacted by a fire. When a home loses some structural integrity, often we would lean towards tarping the affected area and depending on the size of the area affected, reinforcing the area by boarding it up. In a commercial building fire, the standard procedure is often to immediately boardup and create a temporary fence around the area to prevent potential outside damage and strengthen the area affected.

Another big difference would be the allocation of our workers. In a home, often the crew members will work as a team to scope and work together in rooms. In a commercial fire though, that may not be a possibility, so we often rely on several groups of workers to spread out and focus on sections of the affected area. This ensures proper scoping of the site and allows for more checks and balances to be established for the cleanup.

How Common is Water Damage from Appliances?

5/17/2019 (Permalink)

Washing Machines can result in water damage, but usually it is due to improper use.

Household appliances can often be a contributor to a water damage situation. One of the reasons why this can happen is due to wear and tear of the appliance itself. In order to prevent this as a homeowner, you want to make sure that you check your lines in the appliance regularly to ensure that the line has not kinked itself or developed any microtears, leading to leaks. 

Another potential cause could be an overflow from the machine. Usually this would due to a user error of some sort, as these machines, especially the modernized machines, often have failsafes to prevent overflows from occurring and causing damage to your home. 

It is essential to make sure that you are using your appliances effectively and ensure that your appliances are still able to effectively do their jobs without having a potential breakdown or quality issue. In the event of a major episode, call your local SERVPRO experts at (586) 296-3331.

How the Summer Heat can Impact Fires

5/7/2019 (Permalink)

Summer sun and heat is coming so make sure you're safe in the event of a fire.

The summer is a welcomed time of year in Southeast Michigan, especially after such cold winter temperatures. It also can result in a lot of fires if not careful.

This blog will discuss how the warmer temperatures can lead to much more damaging fires and how you can prevent humidity and higher temperatures from creating a more severe fire. 

Fires generally feed off the climate, and with climate change having such a widespread impact, it has also led to a significant amount of fires. We don't see this as much in Michigan, but through our decade as a franchise, the warmer temperatures can often correlate with more fires. Make sure that you practice safety and use caution when using flammable materials in your home during the summer season. Summer is also a great time to install a smoke detector within your home in order to prevent fires from impacting your home.

Storm Status: How Our Franchise Reacts to the Storm Season

5/4/2019 (Permalink)

Storm season is among us.

Last week, SERVPRO Franchises around the Southeast Michigan region went into a storm status situation. In these situations, our franchise goes to our various service areas that need damage following a major weather pattern or storm. 

Insurance agencies, at a corporate level, usually issue the start of these "storm status" events and the goal is to ensure that the damage is remediated quickly and the storm events can be rectified in a timely and professional manner. 

Depending on the volume of the storm event, sometimes it will require for our SERVPRO Large Loss Unit to be called into the area to help service the larger commercial losses as well. Through our network of 1,700 plus franchises, we can make sure that we service your home in an efficient and timely manner. 

When in a storm situation, call your claims office and make sure that they call SERVPRO of Fraser, so that we can help serve you in the best and most efficient way possible. Call us at (586) 296-3331. 

Storm Damage Resources

4/14/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage has or will impact others in your life. Make sure they know who to call.

There are a lot of resources that are needed in cleaning up storm damage events and SERVPRO of Fraser is able to help you with all of them. 

We have alliances and connections with various Metro Detroit contractors, plumbers as well as various construction companies and handymen. By having such a widespread reach, we can help draw from the experiences of multiple professionals, allowing for your home to be taken care of with the utmost expertise.

Another resource that will help more in terms of preparation is the National Weather Service. Their websites and social media feeds keep track of upcoming and current storm trends and warnings and issue those warnings and updates the information in real time. 

Finally, some of the resources are some everyday items found within your own home. In a pinch, it can help that you have some fans handy as well as a shop vac. Having the ability to at least remove some water and be able to ventilate the area affected will at least slow down the potential growth of mold. However, it is important that you contact a restoration professional in order to ensure proper remeidiation is performed.

An Emergency Ready Profile is Just The Start

4/14/2019 (Permalink)

Call us to prepare yourself for emergencies and make sure that your facility is ready.

An Emergency Ready Profile is a massive tool for you as a property owner, property manager or as a facilities director. It may seem like a complete guide, but it is only the first step in making sure that your commercial building and its employees can adapt in an emergency situation. 

The Emergency Ready Profile is a no cost assessment of your facility that will detail important areas of your building, like key exits, where shutoffs are located and a plan of action for when a disaster occurs, complete with a chain of contacts that you would like to call in an emergency situation.

The Emergency Ready Profile is also encouraged to be reviewed every year with important staff members and training should supplement what is included in the emergency procedures for your facility. If you would like to have an ERP performed on your business, call your local SERVPRO experts at (586) 296-3331. 

Tips Before the Big Storm.

3/22/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is the leader in insurance restoration.

If your area is expecting a tornado or other major storm, there are several steps you can take to stay safe.

     1. Look For Warning Signs

Tornadoes occur when there is a severe thunderstorm in the area. Rain, hail and lightning strikes are all signs of a possible tornado.

Some other warning signs include:

  • Skies that have different colors like green, red or orange.
  • Damaged Power Lines or Debris
  • Tornado sirens.
  1. Be aware.

Follow your local news stations on social media and try to watch on television if possible to stay abreast of the weather patterns and conditions within your area.

  1. Find Safe Shelter

Head for a sturdy building before the storm approaches. Look for a home or office with a basement whenever possible. If a basement is not available, move to the center of the building. Stay away from windows and debris. Try to place as many solid walls as you can between the coming storm and your family.

If the storm is too severe for driving, secure your seat belt, get as low in the seat as possible and place a blanket over yourself. Stay close to the ground if you are caught in an open field. Cover your head and keep an eye out for debris flying through the air. Avoid hiding under overpasses or bridges.

SERVPRO of Fraser is a proud to be a member of the Fraser and the Macomb County community. When you have a flood or storm emergency, we will always be ready to help.

How We Restore Your Commercial Property in Multiple Ways

3/15/2019 (Permalink)

This is a photo of the document drying chamber that is used at our SERVPRO corporate office.

Many SERVPRO franchises have commercial properties that they service over the year and outside of your general carpet cleaning or a general cleaning, it is usually in an emergency situation. The cleanup is performed, the job is completed but what's next to prevent a situation like this from happening.

One of the ways we help to restore your property is that we create an emergency response plan to show you where your water shutoffs are, locations of your important areas for your buildings as well as tag off with labeled directions of various areas. 

Another way we can help to restore your property is by recovering important documentation from a flood or a fire. We can send your documentation over to our SERVPRO corporate office and have the documents sterlized, digitized, or even freeze dried in the event of a flood. Important documents need to be carefully handled and the restoration process is taken very seriously and with a high degree of care.

In the event of a commercial disaster to any property in our service areas, please call us to ensure that you get a professional and immediate response for your company. 

Things to Identify as a Homeowner after a Fire

3/8/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damage can spread quickly.

As a homeowner, a house fire can be one of the most traumatic events that can happen. When faced with this situation, it is often hard to come up with where to start looking. Here are some things to identify after a major fire.

One thing to immediately find is whether or not important documents for your assets were damaged in the fire. Structural damage can be identified early as well, but the process for getting those documents recreated can be a long spread one and it is better to get out in front of it. 

The next step to identify should be what areas of your home had structural damage. If there areas of your home that look vastly different, those areas will obviously require the most attention. 

Finally, you should look towards the ventilation and areas of your home that are essential to maintaining a healthy environment in your home. By making sure that the ventilation is unaffected, you are preventing situations that can cause you to have further soot and smoke from spreading to other parts of your home.

Hazards Associated with Storms

2/24/2019 (Permalink)

Storm damage can lead to homes being destroyed.

After major storm events, there can be a lot of resulting hazards from the storms damage either inside the home or within the environment of the home. 

One element of your home environment that is impacted is the air quality. Different environmental conditions have been introduced into your home and combined with the environment inside can cause various types of fungi, mold and other growths to form within certain materials of your home. 

Another hazard that results from storm damage is a major structural damage. If the storm results in a lot of standing water, it may weaken the core structures in your home. This is not as likely in newer homes, but homes that have older structures can have particular amounts of damage. 

When assessing your home, we make sure to not every possible circumstance that can result from a storm situation. In the event of a storm situation for your home, call us at SERVPRO of Fraser. 

Mold from Pipe Bursts from the Polar Vortex?

2/15/2019 (Permalink)

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

1/25/2019 (Permalink)

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

1/13/2019 (Permalink)

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?

12/31/2018 (Permalink)

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

12/31/2018 (Permalink)

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

12/22/2018 (Permalink)

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
  • Schools 
  • 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.

12/10/2018 (Permalink)

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

12/4/2018 (Permalink)

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

12/4/2018 (Permalink)

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

11/28/2018 (Permalink)

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.

Don’t Wait, Get to Water Damage Quickly!

11/27/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage is even something to watch for on tile flooring!

It is important to make sure that you attend to your home immediately in the event of a flood or an event involving water damage. Having a company that you can trust is essential in making sure that your home or business is not impacted and the damage mitigated. That is where we come in at SERVPRO of Fraser. We service the areas of Detroit, Port Huron, Roseville, Hamtramck, Fraser, St. Clair Shores, Clinton Township, Warren and Harrison Township. 

Mold can form within 24-48 hours of exposure to water, so it is important that you act immediately. When you call SERVPRO of Fraser, we make sure that you feel comfortable and have the ability to ask any questions necessary. We aim to work around your schedule. Whether a disaster happens at 3am or 3pm, we are available 24/7. If your home or business has been affected by a fire, water, mold or biohazard situation, call your local SERVPRO experts at 586-296-3331. We aim to make it look “Like it never even happened.”

Beware of Indoor-Outdoor Connections

11/13/2018 (Permalink)

This could have been prevented with proper checks of the electrical unit.

Having connections that go from inside to outside can be very effective for creating outdoor living spaces, but it is very important to make sure that the connections you make to those spaces are safe and installed correctly. Here are some tips for making safe connections from inside the house.

1. Don't overload breaker boxes. 

Fixtures and breaker boxes typically have labels that state the maximum wattage/voltage that the box or fixture can hold. Making sure that the items you plug in are safe to use and won't have an adverse effect on the electrical outlets. Check to make sure that your connections are stable. If you overload the breaker box, it can cause an electrical fire.

2. Use Outdoor-Rated materials.

A lot of the items used for electrical outlets are deemed by quality experts to be safe to use within certain standards. Ignoring these standards can cause a fire to spread and depending on the damage caused can also cause a homeowners' insurance claim. 

If you have a fire, we here at SERVPRO of Fraser would love to help. Call your local SERVPRO experts at (586) 296-3331.

Why Mold Does Not Impact Everyone the Same

9/11/2018 (Permalink)

Mold can find itself even in the moldings of your home.

Mold is heavily dependent on many different factors, which results in different reactions. Some people are prone to being sensitized. These individuals are much more sensitive to mold exposure and have greater reactions towards mold. This is due to anything from allergies to their genetic makeup. Often, these sensitivities occur from strong odors as well. Professional mold remediators should always be the first thought when talking about mold removal and how to properly handle the situation. Mold remediators, residential or commercial, are specifically trained in handling mold and are educated and aware of the proper protections and protocol for the safest mold removal.

Just like colds and the flu, the young and the elderly are particularly susceptible and careful precaution should be exercised in those cases. Every home has some degree of spores, but it is important to make sure that your home’s environment mimics the outside environment. In the event that you suspect mold in your home, please call your local SERVPRO experts at (586) 296-3331.

Do Your Employees Know Your Emergency Readiness Plan?

9/3/2018 (Permalink)

These plans can help save your business and protect your most important interests.

Employees are the backbone of every organization and they serve to keep the business afloat. Often, the managers of the organization are the only people privy to the inner workings of the organization and are depended upon to know the safety protocols in the event of an emergency.

With the SERVPRO Emergency Ready Program, or ERP, your organization can make sure that each and every employee knows of where the shutoffs are to prevent further water damage, where the fire exits are located as well as the areas to find where to shut off the electrical, internet as well as where your HVAC units are.

This service is completely free to any organization and it is something that we provide to businesses as a value-add to the organization. It is very important for every organization to be able to know what to do in an emergency. If your organization is in need of a plan to be created, we here at SERVPRO of Fraser would love to help.

How to Prevent Kitchen Fires

8/21/2018 (Permalink)

Fires can spread in a matter of moments if not carefully contained.

Fire and a kitchen are almost one in the same, but occasionally accidents happen. Kitchen fires are often easy to prevent and here are some of the ways to do so.

First of all, NEVER leave food unattended while it is cooking in the oven or on a stovetop. These are often a major cause of severe fires that can remove you from your home until the cleanup is done.

Another precaution to take is to remove any flammable materials away from the area being used for cooking. Paper towels, oven mitts, wooden utensils and pot holders can all catch fire and cause major havoc.

Finally, clean your cooking surfaces on a regular basis, to prevent buildup of grease that can cause a grease fire. Grease often creates a spreading effect and creates fires that affect more square area vertically and horizontally.

Kitchen fires can be a headache and if you need a cleanup done, call your local SERVPRO experts at (586) 296-3331 or email us at SERVPRO9752@gmail.com.

Preparations Ahead of Storm Damage.

7/27/2018 (Permalink)

Sandbags are an inexpensive way to barricade your exterior portion of your home.

There are some household items that you would normally not even consider in an emergency situation that could prevent homes from suffering further damage in a storm damage occurrence.

One such item would be sandbags. Sandbags can form a barrier around the structure of your home and create a diversion from the home towards a centralized area. This can also prevent interior damage to your home.

Another preparation to make is to clear out all gutters, drains and downspouts. By clearing out those areas where water came in, you will allow the water to exit the affected area at a faster rate. The best time to do this is when the weather is warm and sunny, so you should not hesitate until the winter months.

Another avenue you could do as well is to elevate all outdoor equipment on either cement blocks or attached to an area where the flood lines are lower. Things like air conditioners, generators and fuel tanks should not be sitting in an area where water can easily reach it.

If you suspect your home is impacted by storm damage, call your local SERVPRO experts at (586) 296-3331 or email us at SERVPRO9752@gmail.com

Types of Storm Damage

6/26/2018 (Permalink)

Storm damage like this can occur if the exterior areas of the home have an issue.

Storm damage can occur in a variety of different ways and there are a lot of elements to be aware of during a storm.

Typically we see four types of storm damage situations: Water, Wind, Snow, Hail. Water damage is our most predominant type of storm damage. Usually this occurs after a foundation issue, a sump-pump failure, a roofing issue, or water coming up and through drains and water shutoff areas.

Snow damage is another issue that can occur quite frequently in the winters. Snow and water damage have obvious similarities, but they can have different types of impacts. Snow and ice can block pipes and cause pipe bursts, which can lead to more internal damage compared to a regular water loss.

Wind Damage typically occurs on the exterior of their home, but can lead to interior issues when the exterior issue is pretty widespread.

If you suspect your home is impacted by storm damage, call your local SERVPRO experts at (586) 296-3331 or email us at SERVPRO9752@gmail.com.

Air Quality in Your Business

6/20/2018 (Permalink)

Having proper safety equipment is essential to remove toxins safely.

Checking for air quality is an essential part of the cleanup after a fire or a flood. Fires and floodwater can release harmful toxins into your business that would need to be removed in the event of a fire or flood. This would preferably be done as the cleanup is being performed. The floodwater that comes into your business can pick up many harmful toxins and substances from the outside environment. These toxins can often cause adverse health effects and our staff has to have proper protective equipment in order to remove those toxins from your business. By removing the materials affected, you are preventing the further spread of those toxins from entering your business and improving the air quality in the building. This ensures that the building is safe to be used again and there would be no worries of the safety of your building. If your business or property has experienced a flood or fire, please call the professionals from SERVPRO of Fraser at (586) 296-3331.

Hidden Mold

6/7/2018 (Permalink)

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)

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)

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 SERVPRO9752@gmail.com.

Types of Smoke Damage

5/9/2018 (Permalink)

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)

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 SERVPRO9752@gmail.com.

In Need of Spring Cleaning?

4/18/2018 (Permalink)

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)

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 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)

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 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.

Potential Consequences of Fire and Smoke Damage

3/9/2018 (Permalink)

Structural Damage like this can cause further damage.

Fire and Smoke Damage can be easily be detected, sometimes before you enter a room. The average person can detect a lot of damage and may think to automatically spring into action and start cleaning, but that is the worst idea. There are some damages that we look for when we enter a home affected by a fire for the first time.

One possible damaged area could be in the structure of the home. The home could look as if it is stable after a fire, but it is something to seriously consider checking because the structural integrity of your home could be weaker than you think. The damage may affect the stability of the framing and having a professional carefully examine and check on the structure can save you thousands of dollars down the road.

Depending on the age and the type of tiles used in your home, you could also have broken asbestos tiles that could cause issues in your home. These tiles if broken can respiratory and lung issues if you inhale the particles that are airborne. The tiles if not disturbed are fine on their own but damaged asbestos tiles requires professional assistance and trained remediators to remove the asbestos safely and properly.

If your home has been impacted by fire damage and you need a team of professionals to do the job properly and safely, call your local SERVPRO experts at (586) 296-3331.

Things to Remember to Do Before Winter Storms

2/28/2018 (Permalink)

Foundational issues can lead to damage inside your home.

Winter storms tend to go hand in hand with events like pipe bursts, foundational issues as well as water damage. Here are some things to remember before the freezing weather, snow, and ice hit your home or business.

  • Disconnect and drain garden hoses.
  • Cover outside faucets with insulating foam covers.
  • Close or cover vents on the exterior areas of the building.
  • Insulate exposed pipes under house with foam.
  • Don’t forget to check on pipes to your washing machine in the laundry room
  • Locate water main cut-off valve, and have a cut-off key handy.
  • Keep the faucet open when thawing frozen pipes to allow water to begin flowing through it.
  • Have your furnace inspected before the storm. Check for a clean air filter, and check the thermostat to see if it’s working properly.
  • Caulk cracks or holes on the building exterior.
  • Replace all weather strippings that are damaged or ripped around windows and doors.
  • Clean gutters to prevent ice formation.
  • Inspect your roof for damage, once the weather has cleared.

If your home or business is impacted by storm activity and you are forced to file a claim, ask for your local SERVPRO experts and give us a call at (586) 296-3331

Mold and Crawlspaces

2/20/2018 (Permalink)

Crawlspaces with long term mold issues can look like this.

Crawlspace mold can be a real problem in a home or building. They often require a lot of time and energy to remediate properly. As a result, these crawlspace projects require special tools and the labor time accumulated can quickly bring up the cost of a project. In order to prevent mold growth in those areas it is important to know that there are ways to prevent growth in those areas of your home.

One such method to consider is to check and make sure that proper ventilation is in the crawlspace. This would prevent mold from developing and can help your home to remain structurally sound and safe. Another area of concern to check on is the foundation walls. If those walls are cracked in any way, water can slip through and accumulate in those areas. Without a proper seal, pockets develop that water can squeeze into and dark, damp conditions often spark accelerated mold growth. If you fear your home or business has an issue and mold has resulted, call your local SERVPRO of Fraser experts at (586) 296-3331.

Water Heaters: An Unlikely Source of a Leak

1/29/2018 (Permalink)

Water Heater Leaks are typically clean water, but it can cause a major headache.

Water Heater leaks can and will occur at any point in time. They can linger on for days or weeks in an area you don’t normally walk through in your home. The cold-weather months are well known to be a busy season for water heater leaks. Making sure you monitor your water heater is very important during the winter months. The two most common reasons for water heater leaks are that:

  • Cold temperatures cause the metal parts of your water heater to expand, thus causing leaks to form.
  • Older water heaters metal become less durable and cause expansion. This can be even more severe if the water heater is located in a non-heated part of your home.

In staying warm these winter months it is critical to monitor your water heater and make sure that you are regularly inspecting and keeping notes on abnormalities with the water color and temperature in your home. By being proactive you will save your home from having potential leaks that could turn into standing water or in the worst case scenario, mold. If you suspect your home is impacted by a water heater leak, call your local SERVPRO experts at (586) 296-3331 or email us at SERVPRO9752@gmail.com.

Ice Dams and their Impact

1/17/2018 (Permalink)

This is a common sight of an ice dam.

Ice dams can be very destructive. They cause stoppages as well as blockages that eventually cause pipes to burst. The ice dams can expand and their removal can be quite tough. Professional services may be required if the ice dam consumes most of a gutter or a pipe. If that is the case, then the removal of the ice dam requires a low-pressure washer and steamer that works to melt the ice out of the gutter. If this is not taken care of, the water can force itself underneath the shingles and potentially penetrate the interior elements of your home.  The winter storms combined with frigid temperatures results in a lot of pipes that burst as well, so preventing those pipes from bursting should be of the utmost importance. In the event of an emergency with ice, water or mold, please call SERVPRO of Fraser at (586) 296-3331.

How to Use a Fire Extinguisher

1/4/2018 (Permalink)

Having a fire extinguisher in an accessible place can prevent you from experiencing harmful consequences from a fire.

Depending on what you read or hear about, anywhere from 50-75% of American homes have fire extinguishers inside their home. But do you know how to use one? This blog is intended to show you how to properly use a fire extinguisher in the event of an emergency.

A common technique used is the P.A.S.S. technique. P.A.S.S. stands for Pull, Aim, Squeeze, and Sweep. The first step in using a fire extinguisher is to pull the pin located on the top of the fire extinguisher. Usually this pin will break the seal on the fire extinguisher and starts the process. Next would be to aim the hose near the base of the fire. It is best to aim low and stop the fire near where it originally started. After that, you are ready to squeeze the handle and release the agents inside the extinguisher. Finally, when squeezing the fire extinguisher, make sure to make a sweeping motion with your arms until the fire has no base to it. Depending on the scope of the fire, it is best to sweep across the entire perimeter of the fire to prevent further spreading.

In the event of a fire, it is important to not only know how to use the fire extinguisher, but is important to have it easily accessable from anywhere in the house. Where you store the extinguisher is vital to preventing further damage to your home and to yourself. Thanks for reading this blog and in the event of fire damage, call your local experts at SERVPRO of Fraser for the smoke and soot cleanup. Our phone number is (586) 296-3331.

Mold vs. Mildew

1/2/2018 (Permalink)

Mildew looks like dust or dirt as opposed to a growth like mold.

Mold and mildew are often thrown together in the same classifications when talking about home issues. The problem is that they do not necessarily go hand in hand with each other. When talking about mold and mildew, it is important to consider the area of impact. Mildew is typically a gray-white and at its worst can turn brown. With Mildew, it only impacts the surface level of a material. If the substance that collects looks to be more of a powder, then it is more than likely just mildew and removing mildew can be done with cleaning products and or vinegar.

Mold has a much greater impact on its material in that it cannot be removed by just wiping down a certain area. The mold spores can attach and form on a myriad of porous surfaces. This means that professional services are often required and the proper remediation techniques to remove mold in a healthy and safe matter. Proper ventilation and containment is essential towards removing the mold in a safe way that returns your home or business into its prior condition. If you suspect that your home has a potential mold situation, please call your local mold experts from SERVPRO of Fraser at (586) 296-3331 or email us at SERVPRO9752@gmail.com.

How We Can Help ANY Commercial Property

12/27/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO can service you in a multitude of ways.

A lot of people know about our fire and water services, but SERVPRO can service you in more ways than just an emergency. Our crew is also certified in various types of commercial cleaning as well as restoration. Our franchise is trained in various types of odor removal and cleaning, like biohazard removal, vandalism events as well as your general white glove tests. Whether a property management company needs a cleaning before their grand opening or hospital has spilled some dangerous biohazards, we aim to make sure that your commercial facility operates with excellent health and safety along with minimal interruption. This is why we operate 24/7 and preach our 1-4-8 program to allow you to feel safe in using our team to service your property. Our franchise focuses our efforts to make sure that we can be a reliable resource for any and all emergencies in your facility. In the event of an emergency please call SERVPRO of Fraser at (586) 296-3331.

Tips for Property Owners/Managers with Clean Water Situations

12/11/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial buildings are susceptible to water damage, just like any home or small building.

Property Owners and Managers should be aware of what to do in an emergency situation with their property. Here are three tips that would help streamline the water damage response and provide fast action for cleanup.

  • Shutoff the water source immediately upon discovery. This helps to minimize the impact the clean water has on the structure itself. It also will cut down the costs for repair.
  • Place Aluminum foil or wood blocks under furniture legs. This prevents splitting of the wood or weakening of materials that are in the furniture.
  • Do not use a regular vacuum for the cleanup. The vacuum can experience a myriad of issues and it is important for it to be picked up with the proper equipment and dried with the appropriate protocols and standards.

If you are a property owner or manager and need a crew to call on in the event of a fire or water damaged commercial building, call SERVPRO of Fraser at (586) 296-3331.

24-Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

12/11/2017 (Permalink)

We can service your business or home at any time, day or night!

When dealing with water damage, it is important to make sure that you attend to your home immediately. Having a company you can trust is essential in making sure that your home or business is not impacted and that your home can return to preloss conditions. Mold can form within 24-48 hours of exposure to water, so it is important that it is acted upon immediately. When you call SERVPRO of Fraser, we make sure that you feel comfortable and have the ability to ask any questions necessary. We aim to work around your schedule. Whether a disaster happens at 3am or 3pm, we are available 24/7. We are located in the Fraser area and also service the communities of Roseville, St. Clair Shores, Clinton Township, Warren, Harrison Township. If your home or business has been affected by a fire, water, mold or biohazard situation, call your local SERVPRO of Fraser experts at 586-296-3331.

Conditions of Mold Growth

12/6/2017 (Permalink)

Mold can grow in the most finite of places, even in crawlspaces.

Mold can grow in any damp or humid area. When the seasons change, the rapid changes in temperatures can often speed up the development of mold. Mold does not grow as frequently in climates that are consistently cold over time, like Northern Canada and Russia. The cold temperatures do not allow for mold spores to grow as the mold spores often rely on damp conditions for its survival. Michigan is unique in that we experience a lot of different weather conditions from spring, summer, fall and winter. Mold growth is most common in the hot and humid months of the year like June and July. There are also non environmental factors to mold growth. Mold cannot grow as frequently if your home is sealed properly and high grade building materials are used in the construction of your home. This can also add to the value of your home. If you suspect that your home has a mold issue, please contact SERVPRO of Fraser at (586) 296-3331 or email us at SERVPRO9752@gmail.com

Most Common Areas for Mold Growth

11/29/2017 (Permalink)

Mold like this can grow in insulation and other areas of your home.

With the winter months coming, it is important to make sure that your family, close and extended, are living in homes that are safe for the holidays. Here are the most common areas for mold growth. 

Crawlspaces: Crawlspaces are notorious for having mold in them. This is mostly due to foundation cracks and can be easily prevented if a homeowner monitors their foundation. If you find cracks, it is important for call a professional to fix those cracks to prevent more moisture from entering the space. 

Insulation: Most types of insulation have some resistance towards everyday moisture, but in the event of a water damage situation, it is important to remove that wet insulation as soon as possible. This can prevent the possibility of mold growth, when removed within 24-48 hours. 

It is important that if you see mold within your home or business, that the mold be properly remediated by a team of experts. Thankfully, your team at SERVPRO of Fraser is in the local area. If you suspect mold within your home, call your local Fraser experts at (586) 296-3331 or email us at SERVPRO9752@gmail.com.

Categories of a Water Loss

11/27/2017 (Permalink)

Remediating early can save you a lot of future headaches.

Water losses are generally classified by three different categories, each classified by a degree of contamination.

Category 1 losses are from clean water sources and do not pose any risk from contact or ingestion of the water. Category 1 events include broken water lines, tub or sink overflows, rainfall and toilet overflows of clear toilet water.

Category 2 losses have minor contamination that could cause sickness, if contacted or consumed. The water would contain microorganisms or nutrients for microorganisms that harbor bacteria and other types of fungal matter. Category 2 events include washer overflows and water damage where urine is involved.

Category 3 losses are when the water is significantly contaminated and is composed of significant amounts of bacteria. Category 3 events include areas affected by sewage and feces, weather events like hurricanes and major floods, and water that contains heavy metals or chemicals.

Water losses come in many different types of varieties from the source, to the chemicals within the water, and the origin of the loss. If you have experienced a flood in your home or business and are unsure of who to call, call your local SERVPRO of Fraser at (586) 296-3331.

Assessing your Risk in a Fire

11/15/2017 (Permalink)

This fire was triggered by leaving an appliance plugged into the wall.

Fire Safety Week was during October 8-14 and with the California Wildfires that ravaged that region, we here at SERVPRO of Fraser wanted to point out a few ways to assess the risks that could spark a fire within your home or business.

Some key ideas to consider would be to consider cleaning your dryers and washing machines, assessing where you have your space heaters in your home as well as how your electricity is wired within your home. Removing lint from those dryers can prevent overheating within the machine and can allow for quicker drying time. Space heaters are a very common cause of residential fires and is a significant factor of fatalities from fires. Make sure that your space heaters are a safe distance away from potential fire hazards. Proper electrical wiring within your home also prevents fires from occurring. It is very important to keep track of your fusebox or your electrical meters and make sure that the circuits within your home are not overloaded with power.

Finally, make sure that your unused appliances are unplugged. These appliances can spark a potential fire, so it is important to make sure that those appliances are safely put away and stored.

This is another helpful tip from your local restoration experts from SERVPRO of Fraser. Please call us at (586) 296-3331 in the event of an emergency and we will make your sure that your home will look “Like it Never Even Happened”.

CE Classes are Here!

9/20/2017 (Permalink)

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

9/15/2017 (Permalink)

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

9/5/2017 (Permalink)

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

8/30/2017 (Permalink)

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

8/2/2017 (Permalink)

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

6/29/2017 (Permalink)

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

6/26/2017 (Permalink)

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

6/12/2017 (Permalink)

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

6/5/2017 (Permalink)

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

5/22/2017 (Permalink)

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."

The Importance of Closed Doors in a Fire

5/15/2017 (Permalink)

A picture that shows the difference between a closed room and a open room.

Soot and smoke damage can travel quite rapidly in any size building. In the event of a fire, some homeowners may believe that leaving entryways open can lead to a greater rate of survival and more routes for a homeowner to escape from a fire. While it is of utmost importance to escape immediately, it is also important to contain the scope of a fire and this can be done by shutting the doors in your house. This should be done in order to contain the damaged areas from spreading at an alarming rate to the rest of your house. The doors can often lead to the fire spreading at a slower rate which stops damage. It is also important to have smoke detectors available in each of the hallways within your home. In the event of a fire to your home or business, please get help from your Fraser experts at (586) 296-3331.

Flushable Wet Wipes Are Not Always Flushable

5/3/2017 (Permalink)

Sewers can wreak havoc on a home.

The wet wipes you find in the grocery store are indeed flushable, but they also can wreak havoc on your sewer system. Part of the problem with the Fraser sinkhole, is the fact that these wet wipes can wrap themselves around sewer lines and cause structural damage to those sewer lines. The concept is referred by professionals as ragging and can cause millions of dollars of damage to those sewer lines across the country. These wipes are often billed as being flushable, but the materials that make up the wet wipes aren’t easily broken down, which causes the wipe to wrap itself around a pipe. As a result, this pipe starts to have structural damage. If your sewer system is affected, it can also come in to your home as well. So, please make sure that you are throwing away wet wipes instead of flushing to combat this epidemic of ragging. If you have a sewer issue or any other water damage issue within your home, please call us at 586-296-3331 and we will make it “Like it never even happened.”

Our Very Own Drain Backup: How We Dealt With Our Drain Backup

4/25/2017 (Permalink)

The before picture of our backup.

Incidents and accidents within your business can happen at any time. Even SERVPRO of Fraser isn’t immune to a drain backup. Early in the month, we experienced our very own drain backup. The source was from another tenant whose pipes had burst and the resulting damage came into our business. Thankfully, we had a trained staff on hand when the incident occurred, but it made us realize that we should always be prepared for incidents that occur outside our four walls, and not just inside them. So, for our local businesses in Fraser, please be aware that it is important for us to consider where disasters can occur and prepare accordingly. If you lack an emergency preparedness plan for your business, please call your local Fraser experts to schedule a free ERP at 586-296-3331 or email us at SERVPRO9752@gmail.com for more information for scheduling an ERP.

Most Affected Areas after a Hail Storm

4/18/2017 (Permalink)

Hail can damage your home by causing dents, breaking windows or causing cracks in your siding.

When hail or sleet storms happen in Michigan, they tend to cause a lot of exterior damage to homes and businesses. These are the most affected areas after a hail storm:

  • Roofs: The roofs after a hail storm tend to have damage mainly from precipitation. It is important to look for missing or torn shingles. Should the shingles not be repaired, this can leads to leaks and water entering the attic. A temporary solution would be to tarp the affected area.
  • Attics: This should be checked especially in the event of shingles missing or torn on your roof. The precipitation can penetrate into the attic if the roof is not made of hail resistant materials.
  • Windows: Make sure that your windows are secure and there are no areas where water can leak into the interior of your home. The windows also tend to garner a lot of surface damage from the high speeds of hail precipitation.

In the event of your home being damaged by hail storms, please call your local experts at (586) 296-3331.

A Timeline for Mold Growth

4/4/2017 (Permalink)

The SERVPRO of Fraser crew working on a mold claim.

SERVPRO of Fraser has worked with many mold claims and situations and we want to give our readers a typical timeline for how long the mold growth process takes in a home or business.

  • In a controlled environment, microscopic structure will begin to germanize in less than 24 hours.
  • Within a week, mold can grow at a microscopic level on untreated, water saturated wallboards.
  • In 18 days, a room with drywall exposed to standing water can cause visible mold growth.
  • In 21 days, a room temperature environment can have visible mold growth appear.

It is best to try and mold growth from happening by treating it as soon as possible after a flood or major event within your home or business. By remediating the spots where mold could grow and has grown, you can stop the mold from spreading and cut costs regarding the repairs within your home. If you are seeing signs of mold growth within your home or business, call in your local Fraser experts at (586) 296-3331.

How to Prepare for Tornadoes

3/31/2017 (Permalink)

A large tornado can wreak havoc on your home and the surrounding area.

The tornado season is right around the corner, so here is a few safety precautions on how to prepare for a potential tornado.


One safety precaution is to make sure that your family knows where to go in case of emergency. Safe places generally include the basement, a room away from windows or a room that is the lowest part of the structure.


Another safety precaution would be to pay attention to various news and media outlets like NOAA weather radio and the National Weather Service. By staying on track with the information provided by these outlets, you can allow yourself to plan around any potential tornado and or disaster. Knowing whether a tornado watch or warning is in effect will allow you to be made aware of any potential risks and when they will occur in your area.


Finally, make sure that you have a supply kit prepared for a severe storm’s aftermath. It is important to have supplies prepared to carry you over for a substantial duration of time. This will allow you to maintain some normalcy should the event be a major disaster.


As always, we here at SERVPRO of Fraser are here to help in any disaster.


SERVPRO. "Like it never even happened."

Plan Ahead: 3 Steps to Help Your Business from Emergencies

3/28/2017 (Permalink)

Our facility even has emergency situations that occur!

As many as 50% of businesses close down after a major disaster. Living in Michigan, we experience a bevy of different weather conditions that cause our infrastructure and business to weaken. This can be prepared for by simply having a plan in place that can prevent such a disaster from happening. Here are 3 Steps to help prevent your business from being completely devastated by disaster.

Step 1: Create an Emergency Preparedness Plan

It is important for your business to be prepared in case of emergency. SERVPRO has an ERP of their own for businesses called the Emergency Ready Profile. The Emergency Ready Profile is free to have performed and the development of the plan takes only an hour or two of your time. This plan will allow for us to easily locate said emergency shutoffs as well as create a plan of attack to return your business back to its former standing.

Step 2: Make Sure Valuable Information is Safe.

Businesses should have their information saved in multiple places in preparing for an emergency. Losing the structure of the business is very catastrophic and losing your valuable internal data would be an equal blow.

Step 3. Have a Safe Place

Most disasters happen when you least expect them too, which makes it important to know where you plan to meet at in case of disaster. Business is always out there, and it would be a shame to lose out on that business due to a lack of a safe venue for conducting business.

If your business is in need of an emergency preparedness plan, please consult your local Fraser experts of SERVPRO of Fraser at (586) 296-3331.

How Soot Travels in Your Home

3/21/2017 (Permalink)

An area rug before and after a soot cleaning.

Soot is linked to multiple medical conditions with the most common being heart attacks and asthma. It is important to know where soot accumulates and where it can end up sitting in your home. Soot most commonly accumulates in the fireplaces and chimneys of your homes, which in itself is pretty obvious. Less commonly, however, soot can develop in your vents of your home, which can cause you to breathe in the particles from soot.

Soot does not only come from fires either, it can come from fossil fuels, power plants and even diesel trucks. You could be inadvertently carrying soot particles in from the environment depending on the area that you live in. When dealing with soot, it is important to call an environmental expert. If you feel that your home or business has dangerous levels of soot, please call your local mitigation experts from SERVPRO of Fraser at (586) 296-3331.

How SERVPRO Can Aid in a Wind Storm

3/14/2017 (Permalink)

Roof damaged in strong winds.

During severe wind storms like the one we had last week, the exterior of your home or business can be affected by broken roof shingles or damaged gutters. For insurance claims, often the first step is to save the interior from sustaining any sort of damage. SERVPRO of Fraser can help you save your damaged home by tarping off your roof to prevent your home from damage after severe weather conditions. This can be after rain, hail or snow storms. Roof shingles may come off due to cracking or fishmouthing, which occurs when a shingle is sticking up in the middle or at the edge of the shingle. A tarping of a fishmouthed shingle is only a temporary fix, and eventually would need to be repaired by a roofing professional. If your home or commercial building has damage from a severe weather event, call us at 586-296-3331 or go online at www.SERVPROfraser.com.

Colors of Mold

3/8/2017 (Permalink)

This is a photo taken of insulation of mold.

Green Mold:

Green is a common color for mold, and there are thousands of types of green mold. Green mold can be found on food, carpet, outdoors and a myriad of other places. Because of the various types of mold it can be, it is best for a mold professional to identify the type of mold in question.

Brown, Grey and Black:

These colors of mold can be found outdoors on plant leaves and trees. These colors of mold can also be found on walls, damp carpet as well as insulation. They are often linked to skin, eye and sinus infections. These colors of mold can become a risk to your health without proper intervention.

Blue or White

These molds are usually found on food and walls. The mold of these types generally start as a white color and may eventually transition into a bluish and black color mold.

If you fear that Mold may be present in your home or business, call your local experts at SERVPRO of Fraser at (586) 296-3331.

The Power of the Dehumidifier

2/14/2017 (Permalink)

This is one of our dehumidifiers that is used at our water damaged losses.

SERVPRO Franchises across the country use dehumidifiers of varying sizes to dry water losses and the structure to prevent mold growth and return your structure to its original state. These dehumidifiers aren’t like the ones that are in stores, but an industrial grade dehumidifier specific to flooding and various categories of water losses.

These are the benefits of the dehumidifiers that we use here at SERVPRO of Fraser:

  • An industrial grade dehumidifier aims to lower the air temperature of the room, so condensation can occur.
  • These dehumidifiers can also speed up the drying process because the technology of newer dehumidifiers is more efficient and lowers the cost.
  • Our dehumidifiers can be implemented into large-scale places like a gymnasium, pools and other large scale businesses and community centers.

The industrial grade dehumidifier can allow for a faster and more precise drying than simple fans or home dehumidifiers. For any questions about our equipment or any of our various services offered by our franchise, call your local Fraser experts at (586) 296-3331.

Flood Warning or Flood Watch? Where They Differ

1/24/2017 (Permalink)

Flooding can impact your home too, like it did in 2014.

Have you have ever asked yourself about the difference between a flood warning and a flood watch? It is something we don't think about until we are faced with the circumstances of a flood situation. In this blog entry, SERVPRO of Fraser is going to tell you what the different threat levels mean, so that you aren’t left in the dark when a severe storm arrives.

Flash Flood Watch

A Flash Flood Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for flash flooding. It does not mean that flash flooding will occur, but it is possible.

Flash Flood Warning

A Flash Flood Warning is issued when flash flooding is imminent or occurring.

Flood Watch

A Flood Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for flooding. It does not mean flooding will occur, but it is possible.

Flood Warning

A Flood Warning is issued when flooding is imminent or occurring.

If your home or commercial building ever has flood damage from a storm, call your local Fraser experts at 586-296-3331. 

What to do Until Help Arrives in a Water Loss

1/6/2017 (Permalink)

In this photo, a local office in Clinton Township had their hot water tank leak affecting multiple offices in their building.

Unfortunately, water damage events are never scheduled.  They typically occur at the most inconvenient time.  A water incident can threaten the safety and welfare of your employees and customers, as well as sales and revenues.

Because it is your business, quick response is critical in avoiding business interruptions, revenue loss, costly repairs and undo stress.

Ultimately, you want to get back to normal business functions quickly with little or no interruption.

SERVPRO of Fraser is here to help.  Give us a call at 586-296-3331.  We are available 24/7.

Here are some water damage tips you can use to limit further damage until the SERVPRO of Fraser crew arrives:

  • Call your insurance company
  • Call SERVPRO of Fraser 586-296-3331
  • Follow these do's and donts' to reduce damage and increase the chanced of a successful restoration.

 

  • Stop the source of the water.
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping or blotting.  Do NOT attempt to vaccum up water with standard vacuum equipment.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furnishings after removing any contents lying on the surface.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and pillow cushions for even drying.
  •  Clearly designate wet areas with floor signs and safety tape.
  • Pad or block wood furniture to prevent permanent staining of carpet.
  • Carefully removed colored items affected areas, especially those in contact with carpet and upholstery.
  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock.
  • Do not turn on ceiling fans or light fixtures if ceiling is wet.  Avoid standing beneath sagging ceilings.
  • Do not attempt to use electrical devices exposed to moisture or use unexposed electrical devices while standing on wet floors - especially wet concrete.

10 Key Safety Tips

1/5/2017 (Permalink)

The homeowners experienced a fire in their basement which affected the entire house.

Though some fires are unavoidable acts of nature or unpredictable accidents, many fires in the home and workplace are avoidable.  The following tips, courtesy of the National Fire Protection Association, can help reduce the likelihood of a fire in your home or business.

 

1.  Watch your cooking - Stay in the kitchen if you are frying, grilling or broiling food.  Never allow young children around the stove or oven, especially if they are not closely attended.

2.  Give space heaters space - Keep space heaters at least three feet from anything that can burn.

3.  Smoke outside - If you must smoke inside, have a sturdy, deep ashtray.  Never smoke in bed.

4.  Keep matches and lighters out of reach - Keep matches and lighters in high cabinets, preferably under a child lock.

5.  Inspect electrical cords - Replace cords that are cracked, damaged, haven broken plugs or have loose connections.

6.  Be careful when using candles - Keep candles at least one foot from anything that can burn.  Blow them out before you leave the room or go to sleep.

7.  Have a fire escape plan - Make a fire escape plan and practice it at least twice a year.

8.  Install smoke alarms - Install alarms on every level of your office or home and inside bedrooms.  Interconnect them so they all sound at once.

9.  Test smoke alarms - Test alarms once per month.  Replace batteries once per year or as needed.

10.  Install sprinklers - Sprinklers can help maintain and sometimes even extinguish fires, giving your local fire department a better chance of saving  your property.

If you have a fire or smoke damage, leave the cleaning up to the professionals.  Give SERVPRO of Fraser a call at 586-296-3331 and our trained and professional crew will be on-site to begin the services needed.

Unattended Water Damages Can Cause Mold

1/5/2017 (Permalink)

There was an unknown water leak over several months before it was detected. Mold began to grow behind the baseboards.

SERVPRO of Fraser technicians handle water damages on a regular basis and know prompt action is required to prevent mold growth.  Mold is more likely to spread when an environment has been subject to moisture for a long period of time.  If your home or place of business has sustained a recent water damage, it is vital to remove excess water and dry the structure promptly.  If there is an ongoing moisture problem in the building, it is important to be alert for:

  • The presence of mold.
  • Strong musty odors which may indicate mold is present.
  • Any evidence of past moisture problems that might have caused undetected mold growth.
  • Excessive humidity.

These conditions may require the expertise of a qualified Indoor Air Quality/Environmental Professional to inspect your home or business for mold growth and water damage problems.

If you think that you may have mold issues, contact the professionals at SERVPRO of Fraser at 586-296-3331 or email us at SERVPRO9752@gmail.com.  

Intrusion of Water May Cause Mold

12/30/2016 (Permalink)

Mold found on the baseboard and drywall from a long-term leak.

Intrusion of water into your home or place of business can result in mold growth.  Water intrusions can result from storm damage, plumbing or equipment failures, long-standing leaks and poor humidity control. 

When water intrusions are not addressed right away, the resulting damage can present increased risk of harmful mold growth.  Some amount of mold spores are normally present in most environments.  If humidity and moisture levels in a water-damaged environment are not promptly returned to normal, mold spores may grow and multiply.  Organic materials found inside a building, such as wood, paper, drywall and insulation, provide food sources for mold to flourish.  Excessive mold growth can lead to indoor environmental conditions that pose a health threat.

If you find mold or suspect you may have mold in your home or place of business, give SERVPRO of Fraser a call at 586-296-3331.  Our crew is trained in mold remediation and they will examine the structure for any visible signs of mold.   In the event mold is found, you will be asked to approve and sign a work authorization form prior to any mold cleanup or related work being performed.  The technician may also recommend you leave the affected area while the mold cleanup and associated containment process is being safely completed.

Don't hesitate, call SERVPRO of Fraser today - 586-296-3331

Tips for Preparing Home or Place of Business for Winter Weather

12/30/2016 (Permalink)

Heavy snowfall affects local businesses.

The winter months can be long and cold.  Preparing your home or place of business for the winter weather will prove to be beneficial in the case a major winter storms hits.  Below are some tips to help prepare for the winter months:

  • Keep cabinet doors open during cold spells.  This allows warm air to circulate around pipes.
  • Keep a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets, especially if the pipes for faucets run through unheated or uninsulated areas of your home or business.
  • Consider shutting off outdoor faucets.  Find the shut-off valve in the basement or crawl space and turn it off.
  • If you follow the previous step, then open the outdoor faucet to help ensure it drains completely and the inner valve is shut off.
  • Ensure gutters are clean and secure.  Leaves and debris accumulate, causing a damming effect on gutters, which could lead to roof problems and water damage.
  • Proper maintenance of your furnace can help reduce the risk of puff backs.
  • Check your property for down tree limbs and branches.  Weather, such as wind, heavy rain, ice and snow, can cause branches to fall, which could cause damage to your house or business and potentially causing personal injuries.
  • Inspect your property for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potential.

If you have questions or are experience damage from the winter weather, especially if a storm hits, call SERVPRO of Fraser at 586-296-3331.  

Sinkhole Effects Residents of Fraser

12/27/2016 (Permalink)

Crews working on the sink hole area in Fraser, Michigan.

SERVPRO of Fraser is monitoring the Fraser sinkhole very closely and would like to send our regards to the families and businesses affected by this tragedy. The residents and businesses of Fraser should be aware of the potential results of this sinkhole and how to prepare should they be affected by this event. Here are a list of things to be aware of: 

  • In monitoring the buildings affected, it is important to stay vigilant of rew sewage coming into your homes. Much of the sewage is being filtered into the Clinton River, but that does not mean that your home is safe from potential sewage seeping into your home or business. The first places that would be affected are the basement and other underground floors within your house or business.
  • It is also important to consider what damage the sinkhole can have on the water and gas lines near your home or business. There is potential for this sinkhole to damage the underground water lines and gas lines in the ground, causing a widespread power outage in the surrounding areas. Make sure that you have generators that can run in case of emergency to restore a source of power and energy back to your home. This is also important because by having electricity in your home, it will keep pipes from cracking due to freezing and varying temperatures.

Your families health and safety is our largest concern. If you have questions at any time, please feel free to contact SERVPRO of Fraser at (586) 296-3331 or email us at SERVPRO9752@gmail.com.

What To Do Until Help Arrives after a Fire

12/21/2016 (Permalink)

This is an example of a fire loss.

What you can do until help arrives after a fire

After any fire damage situation, your primary focus should be safety first:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

What To Do After A Fire

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
  • Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
  • Change HVAC filter.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.

What NOT To Do After A Fire

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting us.
  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

For any questions or need for fire or soot clean up call SERVPRO of Fraser 586-296-3331

What To Do Until Help Arrives After a Water Loss.

12/21/2016 (Permalink)

This is an example of a Category 3 Water Loss.

What you can do until help arrives after Water Damage

After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be safety first:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

Have A Water Damage Emergency? Call (586) 296-3331

What To Do After Flooding

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

What NOT To Do After Flooding

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

For any questions or need for water clean up call SERVPRO of Fraser 586-296-3331

The Benefits of Benefect with Water Losses

12/21/2016 (Permalink)

We use Benefect on many of our water losses here at SERVPRO of Fraser.

Benefect Botanical Disinfectant:

  • Kills Over 99.99% of Germs
  • Virucidal (HIV-1) • Bactericidal (Including MRSA)
  • Fungicidal, Tuberculocidal
  • Made From Plant Extracts
  • Pleasant Aromatherapeutic Vapors
  • No Synthetic Fragrances, Dyes or Bleach
  • No Cautions/Warnings on The Label or MSDS Sheets
  • No Rinse or Wipe Required
  • No Mixing Required

Part Of Our Botanical Cleaning & Disinfection Solution

As a contractor or homeowner you know that Benefect has been reviewed for safety, efficacy & environmental impact by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and therefore you can trust what the label says. Naturally, Benefect's botanical ingredients give it some distinct advantages.

No Rinse or Wipe Required

You can now use a product that doesn't require a rinse or wipe. This saves costly labor & time allowing you to do the job faster by saving a whole labor step & lets you move onto the next job faster. This saves you money.

It is also suitable for use around children, pets, the elderly and chemically-sensitive individuals. So you can relax about chemical contamination, overspray & evacuating building occupants.

No Warning Labels or First Aid Statements

You can now use an alternative to chlorine, ammonia & oxidizers which isn't corrosive, flammable or reactive nor does it pose a public health risk. This means you don't need any Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as: rubber gloves, boots, aprons, respirators or face shields to protect yourself from the product.

Employers are liable for the health and safety of their employees. Using Benefect ensures employers are providing their employees with the latest technology & the best choice for the job.

Would you buy 20 year old equipment? Why would you choose 20 year old disinfectant technology?

No Mixing

Ready-To-Use products dispense the correct concentration of disinfectant every time, right out of the bottle. With many concentrates, contractors need to make sure dilution rates, water hardness levels and water temperature are all correct to ensure that the disinfectant is mixed properly: too low & they may not kill effectively, too high & they may be an additional health risk. A ready-to-use formula ensures the product's proper germ killing ability on every job.

For any questions or need for water clean up call SERVPRO of Fraser 586-296-3331

Do You Have A Emergency Ready Profile?

12/21/2016 (Permalink)

We make sure to check for shutoffs within your business to prepare you for any sort of emergency.

Does your business have an Emergency Ready Profile? SERVPRO of Fraser can provide you with an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) at no charge. We will take pictures and gather important information for your business and then compile it into a folder for you. We will provide you with as many copies as you need. This is a wonderful tool to have so that everyone in the office or company will know where the shutoffs are in case of an emergency.  Plus, they will know who to contact which will help speed up the process of repairs.  Many insurance companies also provide a discount to your business if you have an emergency profile in place. As many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster, and those that did survive through a disaster had an emergency preparedness plan in place. If you are interested in learning more, please contact us at 586-296-3331 or SERVPRO9752@gmail.com.

Types of Containment used in Mold Remediation

12/20/2016 (Permalink)

Properly sealing off the contaminated area can drastically improve the remediation process.

Containment during remediation is used to limit mold releases into the air and surroundings within a building. By allowing your building to have a quarantined area where the mold affected area does not spread allows for the tenant’s space to have greater chance of cleanliness and also improves the efficiency of the mold remediation process. In assessing the mold situation in a building, you want to find where the source is. In identifying the source, it allows for a greater chance for complete removal of the mold. Depending on the size of the mold area it is important to understand what types of containment methods could be used. The three most common types are surface containment, or the area affected, local containment which consists of the area affected and the immediate area, or a full containment which includes the entire building. By properly assessing your unique situation and creating a plan with one of these methods for mold remediation, then you can implement a plan to begin the removal process of the mold within a building.

The Categories of Contaminated Water

12/20/2016 (Permalink)

This picture is an example of a Category 3 loss.

In assessing the scope of a case of water damage, typically it is under one of three categories:

Category 1: “Clean Water”

Clean water situations are typically because of broken infrastructure within the structure. Examples of this include broken pipes, icemaker, or drain overflow. These situations do not contain any source of waste or contaminants within the water supply.

Category 2: “Gray Water”

Gray water situations are situations where infrastructure breaks down and the machines that use the water have contaminants. Examples of this include washing machines, leaky roofs and or dishwashers. These situations typically have some soils or contamination within the water damaged area.

Category 3: “Black Water”

Black water situations are creating when multiple sources of water cross contaminate forming a much larger water damaged area. Examples of this include raw sewage, oil spills and or flooding. These situations typically have a high degree of contamination within the area affected and often requires immediate attention.

5 Tips to keep you safe this holiday season!

12/16/2016 (Permalink)

Fire damage can put a real damper on the holiday season.

In 2014, the National Fire Incident Reporting System, reported that residential structure fires reported on average 5 deaths and 21 injuries per 1,000 fires in Michigan. SERVPRO of Fraser wants your family to stay safe and disaster free this holiday season by making sure you follow these five steps to ensure safety this holiday season and beyond.

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.
  • Test smoke alarms every month.
  • Talk with all family members about a fire escape plan and practice the plan twice a year.
  • Have a safe meeting place planned in case of a fire emergency.
  • Extinguish all candles when leaving a room or before going to sleep.

By following these steps to ensure your family’s safety, you can make sure that your holidays are merry and bright. The SERVPRO of Fraser staff would like to wish your family a safe and prosperous holiday season and a Happy New Year.

Moldproofing Your Home From the Winter temperatures.

12/16/2016 (Permalink)

The winter weather months bring the cold temperatures and great amounts of snow, but the conditions are also a time for mold to gather within your home or business. Here are a few ways where you can moldproof your building from the dangerous aspects of mold growth.

  • One such way to stop mold growth is to make sure your humidity in your home is within a safe standard. Extremes in humidity within your home can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity to about 45% or below.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. They will grow into colonies when exposed to water, resulting in allergens and irritants in your home. By getting a dehumidifier for your home, you are saving your home from developing potential danger spots for mold growth.
  • Checking the integrity of your building can help to spot and prevent leaks from forming into zones where mold growth is possible.
  • Finally, you can install various plants that capture the moisture in the air and improve air circulation within your home.

By implementing these few variables into your building, it will prevent you from having mold grow inside your home or business and keep your life running smoothly.

With the Winter Storm Season Coming, SERVPRO of Fraser will help!

11/28/2016 (Permalink)

This shows heavy snowfall last winter. This snow can seep into your facility.

SERVPRO of Fraser is aware that the Winter Storm season is just around the corner and we want to help. Our storm response team has the capability to save and restore your facility for operation when disaster strikes. SERVPRO of Fraser prides itself on our 1-4-8 Service Response Program.

-Within one hour, SERVPRO responds to any first notice of loss and contacts you to arrange for service.

-Within four hours of loss notification, a SERVPRO Professional will be on-site to start mitigation services.

-Within eight business hours of on-site arrival, we will contact the appropriate authorities involved.

SERVPRO wants your commercial facility to operate as smoothly and efficiently as possible after disaster. Our preference is to provide our commercial customers with the utmost service and with professional quality. Ensuring the unique interests of our customers is our main concern. Our goal is to make your facility look like our slogan, “Like it Never Even Happened.”

What to do When a Storm Hits

8/12/2016 (Permalink)

In this photo the sump pump had failed while the homeowners were on vacation.

We are not strangers to flooding in the Metro Detroit area.  Usually our flooding is localized and is caused by a heavy rain storm which has hit our area.  With heavy rains, the water does not always have somewhere to go and may end up in your basement.  You may think that it is clean water because it was caused from the rain.  However, the water came up through your floor drains which may be mixed with sewer water.  Plus once the rain hits the ground, the water is dirty because it is now mixing with fertilizer, animal feces, oil from vehichles and more.  Therefore, the water is considered contaminated.

To remove the water from your basement, quick action is important.  Mold is not a concern as long as the water is cleaned up within 48-72 hours.  Call a plumber so that they can come out to snake the floor drains to make sure that there is not debris in the pipes.  Then call your insurance to file a claim.  The next call needs to be made to SERVPRO of Fraser at 586-296-3331.  We will then disbatch our crew to extract any remaining standing water and to check your structure to make sure your walls are not affected.  We will show and explain to you the steps which will need to be taken to clean and dry out your structure.  Your safety and understanding is very important to us.

Remember, if disaster hits, call SERVPRO of Fraser at 586-296-3331.  We are here to help!

What to do When a Storm Hits

8/12/2016 (Permalink)

We are not strangers to flooding in the Metro Detroit area.  Usually our flooding is localized and is caused by a heavy rain storm which has hit our area.  With heavy rains, the water does not always have somewhere to go and may end up in your basement.  You may think that it is clean water because it was caused from the rain.  However, the water came up through your floor drains which may be mixed with sewer water.  Plus once the rain hits the ground, the water is dirty because it is now mixing with fertilizer, animal feces, oil from vehichles and more.  Therefore, the water is considered contaminated.

To remove the water from your basement, quick action is important.  Mold is not a concern as long as the water is cleaned up within 48-72 hours.  Call a plumber so that they can come out to snake the floor drains to make sure that there is not debris in the pipes.  Then call your insurance to file a claim.  The next call needs to be made to SERVPRO of Fraser at 586-296-3331.  We will then disbatch our crew to extract any remaining standing water and to check your structure to make sure your walls are not affected.  We will show and explain to you the steps which will need to be taken to clean and dry out your structure.  Your safety and understanding is very important to us.

Remember, if disaster hits, call SERVPRO of Fraser at 586-296-3331.  We are here to help!

What to do When a Storm Hits

8/12/2016 (Permalink)

We are not strangers to flooding in the Metro Detroit area.  Usually our flooding is localized and is caused by a heavy rain storm which has hit our area.  With heavy rains, the water does not always have somewhere to go and may end up in your basement.  You may think that it is clean water because it was caused from the rain.  However, the water came up through your floor drains which may be mixed with sewer water.  Plus once the rain hits the ground, the water is dirty because it is now mixing with fertilizer, animal feces, oil from vehichles and more.  Therefore, the water is considered contaminated.

To remove the water from your basement, quick action is important.  Mold is not a concern as long as the water is cleaned up within 48-72 hours.  Call a plumber so that they can come out to snake the floor drains to make sure that there is not debris in the pipes.  Then call your insurance to file a claim.  The next call needs to be made to SERVPRO of Fraser at 586-296-3331.  We will then disbatch our crew to extract any remaining standing water and to check your structure to make sure your walls are not affected.  We will show and explain to you the steps which will need to be taken to clean and dry out your structure.  Your safety and understanding is very important to us.

Remember, if disaster hits, call SERVPRO of Fraser at 586-296-3331.  We are here to help!

Are You Prepared When Storms Hit?

7/29/2016 (Permalink)

Drain back up had affected the entire basement of a local church. Contaminated water, muck and dirt was found throughout the basement.

Are you prepared when a storm hits?  

Recently, the Eastpointe area was hit hard with heavy rains and several experienced flooded basements where the water had backed up through their floor drains.  When this occurs, the water is grossly comtaminated and everything in the basement needs to be taken care of as soon as possible.

One of the first things you need to do, is to call your insurance company.  Call them now, before a storm hits.  Ask them if you have drain/back up coverage.  If you do not have the coverage, we highly recommend that you add it.  With the coverage, you will be able to have the mitigation done to your basement if a back up would ever occur.  Without the coverage, you may find yourself cleaning up the contaminated mess  yourself or you will need to pay for it out of your pocket for the professionals to come out and clean it up for you.

If you find that you are affected by a storm, call SERVPRO of Fraser 586-296-3331.  We are here to help.

Fire Damage in Your Business

6/27/2016 (Permalink)

Crew member in his personal protection suit getting ready to clean the hallway after a fire.

Timely response and rapid mitigation will help alleviate your stress level and minimize the damage to your business property, equipment and shorten the closure of your business.

If a fire occurs at your business, be sure to contact SERVPRO of Fraser so that the crew can help get your business up and running as quickly as possible.  Our response team at SERVPRO of Fraser are trained to respond quickly and begin restoration services.

Attempting to clean up after the fire yourself, can cause further damage and delay the restoration and repairs needed to get your business up and running again.

What to do Until Help Arrives:

  • Do limit movement in the building to prevent soot particles from spreading and causing additional damages.
  • Do place clean towels on high traffic areas and upholstery.
  • Do coat chrome faucets, trim, fixtures, etc. with petrolem jelly or oil.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpet.
  • Do not wash walls or painted surfaces.
  • Do not shampoo carpet or upholstery.
  • Do not clean any electrical equipment.
  • Do not launder any clothing because improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

Do not risk doing further damage to your property by trying to clean up the damage yourself.  Call the trained professionals at SERVPRO of Fraser at 586-296-3331.

How to Put out a Grease Fire

6/22/2016 (Permalink)

Results of a grease fire.

Fires are scary!  Grease fire are not an exception.

Do you know how to properly put out a grease fire?

One of the most important things to remember is to NEVER put water on a grease fire.  In a grease fire, the water will cause the fire to instantly spread bringing danger to you and anyone else nearby.

First, turn the heat source off.  If the grease fire is contained, place a metal lid or cookie sheet on the pan.  This will help smother the fire.  If you do not have a metal lid or cookie sheet available, pour baking soda onto the flames. 

It is highly recommended to have a fire extinguisher in your kitchen.  There are different kinds of fire extinguishers, so make sure that you get one that is made for kitchen/grease fires.

If the flames are out of control, quickly and safely get everyone out of the house and to a safe location.  Then call  911.  You and your family's safety is the most important thing in a fire.

If you do have a fire, small or large, at your home be sure to give SERVPRO of Fraser a call at 586-296-3331.  We are here to help you during your time of need.

How to Avoid a Kitchen Fire

6/22/2016 (Permalink)

Results from a fire in the kitchen in Detroit.

For the past couple of years, SERVPRO of Fraser has responded to several kitchen fires.  Below are some tips from American Red Cross on how to avoid a kitchen fire.

1. Never leave cooking food unattended – stay in the kitchen when frying, grilling or broiling food. If you have to leave the kitchen, even for a second, turn off the stove.

2. Check your food regularly while cooking and remain in the home while cooking.

3. Use a timer so you’ll remember that the stove or oven is on.

4. Don’t wear loose clothing or dangling sleeves while cooking.

5. Keep the kids away from the cooking area. Enforce a “kid-free zone” and make them stay at least three feet away from the stove.

6. Keep anything that can catch fire - pot holders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging, and towels or curtains—away from your stove, oven or any other appliance in the kitchen that generates heat.

7. Clean cooking surfaces on a regular basis to prevent grease buildup.

8. Consider purchasing a fire extinguisher to keep in your kitchen. Contact your local fire department to take training on the proper use of extinguishers.

9. Always check the kitchen before going to bed or leaving the home to make sure all stoves, ovens, and small appliances are turned off.

10. Install a smoke alarm near your kitchen, on each level of your home, near sleeping areas, and inside and outside bedrooms if you sleep with doors closed. Use the test button to check it each month. Replace all batteries at least once a year.

If a fire does occur at your home or place of business, give SERVPRO of Fraser a call at 586-296-3331.  We will make it "Like it never even happened."

Faster to your Water Damage Event

5/23/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Fraser provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Fraser, Warren, St. Clair Shores or Clinton Township.

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Fraser provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Fraser arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 586-296-3331

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of Fraser

SERVPRO of  Fraser specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Certifications

  • ECTP - Employee Certification Training Program
  • WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • SRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
  • EPA Lead Safe Certified Renovator
  • IICRC Certified Firm
  • RRRP - Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation
  • ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician

Is Your Macomb County Business Prepared for a Disaster

5/11/2016 (Permalink)

Be ready, by planning ahead for any size disaster.

Plan NOW to Reduce Business Interruption Following a Disaster.

As many as 50% of businesses may never recover following a disaster. Planning ahead can serve as a peace of mind if a disaster strikes.  SERVPRO of Fraser can help you develop an Emergency Ready Profile for your business to minimize interruption in your business.  Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.

Plan Ahead and be Ready

Now is the time to prepare for any size disaster, whether it is a small water leak, an area flood, or a fire.  Plan now, before it happens.  The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile provides all the critical information you will need to begin mitigation and recovery services.  It is a quick reference which includes all of your important contact information.  Our goal is to help you quickly get your property back in working order.

Call SERVPRO of Fraser today to set up a time to develop an Emergency Ready Profile for your business ~ 586-296-3331.

Fraser, Roseville, St. Clair Shores, and Warren Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

5/10/2016 (Permalink)

Be careful! Without proper training, you could be spreading mold throughout your home.

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of  Fraser for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of [[Franchise Name]] specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today –  586-296-3331

When Storms or Floods hit, SERVPRO is ready!

5/9/2016 (Permalink)

Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Fraser, St. Clair Shores, Roseville and Warren.

SERVPRO of Fraser specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit, SERVPRO of Fraser can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams (http://www.SERVPROfraser.com/storm-flooding-restoration) that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call SERVPRO of Fraser Today 586-296-3331.  We are here to help you.

Restoring Your Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

5/6/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges

Flooding and water damage events at Fraser, Roseville, St. Clair Shores and Macomb County commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Frasr

SERVPRO of Fraser specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Certifications

  • ECTP - Employee Certification Training Program
  • SRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
  • EPA Lead Safe Certified Renovator
  • WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • RRRP - Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation
  • IICRC Certified Firm
  • ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician

Does Your Home Have A Mold Problem?

5/6/2016 (Permalink)

Mold can spread through a home in as little as 48 hours.

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 586-296-3331

Smoke and Soot Cleanup

4/29/2016 (Permalink)

Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Home

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of  Fraser will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 586-296-3331

Fraser, Roseville, St. Clair Shores, Clinton Township, Harrision Township, Warren 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

4/28/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Fraser provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration response in our service areas of Fraser, Roseville, St. Clair Shores, Warren

SERVPRO of Fraser is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - 586-296-3331

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Fraser has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Fraser

SERVPRO of Fraser specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Meet our Crew:  http://www.SERVPROfraser.com/crew-photos

Frozen Pipes

1/20/2016 (Permalink)

Why Frozen Pipes Are a Problem

Water expands as it freezes. This expansion puts extreme pressure on whatever is containing it, including metal or plastic pipes. Pipes that freeze most frequently are those that are exposed to severe cold, like outdoor water faucets, swimming pool supply lines, water sprinkler lines, and water supply pipes in unheated interior areas like basements and crawl spaces, attics, garages, or kitchen cabinets. Also, pipes that run against exterior walls that have little or no insulation are also subject to freezing.

A 1/8-inch crack in a pipe can leak up to 250 gallons of water a day, causing flooding, serious structural damage, and the immediate potential for mold.

In the U.S., frozen pipes cause significant damage every year, but they often can be prevented. Taking a few simple steps, even now, may save you the aggravation and expense.

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 Prevention

 There are three common causes of frozen pipes:

1. Quick drops in temperature
2. Poor insulation
3. Thermostats set too low

Luckily, there are a number of preventative steps you can take to keep your pipes from freezing:

  • Check the insulation of pipes in your home’s crawl spaces and attic. Exposed pipes are most susceptible to freezing.
  • Heat tape or thermostatically controlled heat cables can be used to wrap pipes. Be sure to use products approved by an independent testing organization, such as Underwriters Laboratories Inc., and only for the use intended (exterior or interior). Closely follow all manufacturers’ installation and operation instructions.
  • Seal leaks that allow cold air inside near where pipes are located. Look for air leaks around electrical wiring, dryer vents, and pipes, and use caulk or insulation to keep the cold out. With severe cold, even a tiny opening can let in enough cold air to cause a pipe to freeze.
  • Use an indoor valve to shut off and drain water from pipes leading to outside faucets. This reduces the chance of freezing in the short span of pipe just inside the house.
  • A trickle of hot and cold water might be all it takes to keep your pipes from freezing. Let warm water drip overnight, preferably from a faucet on an outside wall.
  • Keep your thermostat set at the same temperature during both day and night. You might be in the habit of turning down the heat when you’re asleep, but further drops in the temperature – more common overnight – could catch you off guard and freeze your pipes.
  • Open cabinet doors to allow heat to get to un-insulated pipes under sinks and appliances near exterior walls.
  • If Your Pipes Do Freeze...

  • If you turn on your faucets and nothing comes out, leave the faucets turned on and call a plumber.
  • If your house or basement is flooding, turn off the water valve and immediately call 911.
  • Do not touch or use electrical appliances in areas of standing water due to electrocution concerns.
  • Never try to thaw a pipe with a torch or other open flame because it could cause a fire hazard. Every year, many building fires are caused by people trying to thaw frozen pipes. All open flames in homes present a serious fire danger, as well as a severe risk of exposure to lethal carbon monoxide.
  • You may be able to thaw a frozen pipe with the warm air from a hair dryer. Start by warming the pipe as close to the faucet as possible, working toward the coldest section of pipe.
  • Again, if your water pipes have already burst, turn off the water at the main shutoff valve in the house; leave the water faucets turned on and call 911. Make sure everyone in your family knows where the water shutoff valve is and how to open and close it. Likely places for the water turn-off valve include internal pipes running against exterior walls or where water service enters a home through the foundation.
  • If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat set to a temperature no lower than 55ºF.
  • The Great Flood of 2014

    9/17/2014 (Permalink)

    One week after the flood spores were beginning to grow because there was still moisture in the basement.

    The flood on August 11, 2014 had a huge impact in the metro Detroit area. Many had flooded basements. Several streets were lined with the personal belongings of the homeowners who were forced to throw it out because of the contamination.

    If you were affected by the flood and have not completed your clean up process, give SERVPRO of Fraser a call today at 586-296-3331. We are here to help.

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