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Are you dealing with Mold?

7/10/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Are you dealing with Mold? What mold looks like.

"Mold" is a term used to refer to fungi that grow in the form of multi-cellular thread-like structures called hyphae. Fungi that exist as single cells are called yeasts. Some molds and yeasts cause disease or food spoilage, others play an important role in bio-degradation or in the production of various foods, beverages, antibiotics and enzymes.

Mold is also found in damp building materials where it often appears like stains and comes in a variety of colors. A must smell is an indication of microbial growth even when there is no visible growth. If mold is allowed to grow in homes or offices it can contribute to poor indoor air quality. Some molds such as the Dry Rot Fungus, Serpula lacrymans, are highly destructive. For more details about dry rot fungus read Occurrence and Significance of Dry Rot Fungus, Serpula lacrymans.

Mold growth requires moisture. The sources of moisture could be Washing, cooking, air humidifiers, condensation or leaks from plumbing or from the outside. Poor ventilation contributes to higher humidity levels and leads to condensation, which also allows mold growth.

Molds release small “spores” into the air. So, when mold grows indoors, the number of mold spores and fragments is usually higher indoors than it is outdoors. These spores are small enough that people can actually inhale them deep into the lungs. Inhalation of spores poses risk of developing respiratory problems. With the exception of winter months mold spores are always present outdoors.

Please give us a call at SERVPRO of North Oakland County for an inspection at your house or business if you suspect a problem. Our ph. # is: 248.439.1160

Fire Safety Tips for the Workplace

7/10/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Safety Tips for the Workplace Safety Is Key!!

Fire Safety Tips for the Workplace by Alarm.org

No matter what type of business you conduct at your workplace, fire safety should always be a main concern. Here are a few fire safety tips you can distribute to your staff.

Fire Prevention

  • Keep your work area free of waste paper, trash and other items that can easily catch fire. 
  • Check on your electrical cords. If a cord is damaged in any way, replace it. Try not to lay cords in places where they can be stepped on, as this will contribute to deterioration of the protective outside coating.
  • Don't overload your circuits. 
  • Turn off electrical appliances at the end of each day. 
  • Keep heat producing equipment away from anything that might burn. This includes copiers, coffee makers, computers, etc.   

In the Event of a Fire

  • Upon finding a fire, call 911 immediately and don't hang up with the emergency responder until told to do so.
  • Close doors when exiting to help limit the spread of smoke and fire throughout the building.
  • Never use elevators during an evacuation.
  • Follow the escape plan and meet at a per-determined place outside of your building and away from danger. Conduct a headcount to ensure all of your staff has evacuated.
  • The best way to ensure the safety of your staff is through fire prevention and preparation. Talk with your staff about fire safety in the workplace today. 

SERVPRO of North Oakland County is always Here to Help. Our experts are standing by 24/7  - 248.439.1160

What to do if your house gets struck by lightning

7/10/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage What to do if your house gets struck by lightning Lightning is extremely dangerous

What to Do If Your House Gets Struck by Lightning

by Shawn Hedrick

What happens when lightning strikes a house?

If your home ever gets struck by lightning, you will hear a very loud, powerful boom that might shake your entire house. Many homes are built to withstand lightning strikes without succumbing to major damage. While staying inside your home, away from doors and windows, is the safest place to be during a storm, a couple of dangers exist inside the home when lightning is involved, regardless of whether you have lightning protection in place.

  1. Power Surges: When lightning strikes a house, the electricity often surges through a home’s wiring or plumbing system, searching for the quickest possible route to the ground. Make sure to unplug any electronics (especially valuable ones like TVs or computers), or they could be destroyed. Avoid running water during a lightning storm. You could get electrocuted if you are touching or standing near water or any electronics that are plugged into walls.
  2. Fire: When lightning shoots through a home, there’s a risk for fire. The most common place for a fire to ignite is in the attic, when a lightning bolt comes through the roof or top of the house. However, the heat from the electricity of a lightning bolt that runs through the walls inside your plumbing or wiring could start a fire as well. You may notice it immediately, or it may burn slowly inside the walls without your realizing it for some time.

What to do if your house gets struck by lightning?

    1. First, make sure everyone is okay. If you see fire or smell smoke, evacuate your home immediately.
    2. Call 911, and tell them your home was struck by lightning. Do this regardless of whether or not you detect a fire hazard.
    3. The fire department will come out to your property and assess the area for damage, including using thermal imaging cameras to search inside walls for heat that could or already has started a fire.
    4. Once your home is assessed and found to be safe, you will be able to return inside.
    5. Call your insurance company and explain what has happened.
  • If there is damage to your home call us at SERVPRO of North Oakland County. We are always here to help – 24/7.  Our experts are standing by -  248.439.1160

Water Damage from Contaminated Water

7/10/2018 (Permalink)

Sewage backups can happen to anyone! Here are a few Do's and Don'ts to keep you safe until SERVPRO can get there to assist you with cleanup.

  DO:

  • Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated from sewage.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly after contact with contaminated items.

DON’T:

  • Spread contaminated water by walking unnecessarily on damaged or wet areas.
  • Turn on the HVAC system if there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air.
  • Use household fans to dry the structure and spread contaminants.
  • Use products for personal hygiene and cleanliness if exposed to the contaminated areas.

Toilets are not the only source of a sewage back up, backups can also happen in bath tubs and drains in the basement. If you're not sure if it's contaminated water please call SERVPRO of North Oakland County, to check it out instead of inspecting it yourself. Please Call us today @ 248.439.1160

What To Do Following A House Fire in Birmingham

12/9/2015 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What To Do Following A House Fire in Birmingham Fire Damage Can Be Fixed by SERVPRO

Fire Damage to Your Birmingham Home Can Be Restored by SERVPRO

A house fire causing Birmingham fire damage can lead to a complex series of events. However, homeowners who familiarize themselves with the fire damage remediation process can simplify and streamline the process of home restoration by making coherent choices. Learn more about how to realize this important objective by reviewing the short outline provided by SERVPRO.

Put Your Safety First. Once a major fire transpires in your home, there will be a wide range of health and safety hazards present. For this reason, it's very important for you to put you and your family's safety first. For starters, make sure that you do not reenter your residential property until you receive the go-ahead from an authoritative source as the fire department. Factors like falling debris, electrical hazards, smoke contamination, and the compromised structural integrity of your property could result in an accident. Also, be sure that you do not attempt to complete any aspect of the restoration process on your own. Doing so can result in significant injuries or illness.

Call Your Insurance Company. In addition to putting your safety first, make sure that you call your insurance company immediately. Your insurance agent will send out an adjuster enabling you to start and complete the process of filing your claim. The adjuster may also help you with the photographing all damaged areas of your property. Be sure that you do not overlook this important process. The pictures you take of damaged materials and structural elements can help determine how much coverage you receive.

Contact A Premier Fire Damage Restoration Company like SERVPRO. Our rep will inspect the property and assess the damage using our CCIS generated form. The result is an inventory listing all damaged items and building materials. We can help manage the insurance paperwork and work closely with you and your insurance adjuster to expedite the fire damage restoration process and claim. We will provide the following while also relieving you of some stress that can be overwhelming.
• Rapid response. Local with 24/7 availability.
• Communication of procedures.
• Construction of a detailed estimate.
• Prevention of ongoing damage. Water removal, protection of personal items.
• Prevention of cross-contamination. Inhibit the continued circulation of smoke and soot. Disinfecting and mold remediation.
• Proper cleaning and processing of the entire remediation project. On-site and shipped out utilizing the standards set forth by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification, (IICRC).
• Providing effective odor control. Foggers, Ozone machines, air movers, and dehumidifiers.

Trust The Professionals from SERVPRO . Once Birmingham fire damage has impacted your home and life, you may feel a sense of despair, and anxiety. Allow us, industry experts with extensive experience, to complete each component of the restoration process following a fire. We will keep you informed and offer a final walk-through to ensure your satisfaction with the restored condition of your home. Like it never even happened.

Why Choose SERVPRO of North Oakland County?

 We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster 

 We’re dedicated to responding immediately when you need help with water or fire damage. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces cost. We are proud to serve the communities of Birmingham, Troy, and Beverly Hills. Call us for help. (248) 439-1160

Mold Remediation in Commercial And School Buildings in Bloomfield Township

11/26/2015 (Permalink)

Commercial Mold Remediation in Commercial And School Buildings in Bloomfield Township Call SERVPRO to Keep the Kids Safe from Mold Infestations

Bloomfield Township Mold Remediation in Commercial And School Buildings Serviced by SERVPRO

Mold invasions are a common problem in schools and commercial buildings. As these buildings age, their susceptibility to invasion increases due to factors like leaky roofs, tendencies for moisture retention, and the erosion of waterproofing material. However, learning more about Bloomfield Township mold remediation and building maintenance techniques can help guard against these unwanted infestations. Read this short article provided by SERVPRO to get information regarding this issue.

Mold Remediation in Schools. As reported by the Health Schools Network, children are at a greater risk of exposure to mold than their adult counterparts. This is the case because the organs of small children are still in the developmental stage. A child's lungs are disproportionately large in relation to total body mass. This means that inhaled mycotoxins can have a profound impact on the child's body. Unfortunately, the school setting often creates the right condition for the development of mold. This risk can increase as the school ages. Common areas for mold growth include storage closets, cafeterias, locker rooms, and bathrooms. The mold spores can then circulate throughout the school by way of the air ducts, one of the major factors contributing to "bad air." Clean ambient air quality provides a safer environment for our students.

For the prevention of these fungi from spreading in school buildings, it is important for school officials to have regular maintenance work and inspections scheduled and completed. Since malfunctioning HVAC systems and leaky pipes are the most frequently reported causes of mold proliferation, having this equipment and plumbing checked can drastically decrease mold growth in schools, or hopefully, prevent its occurrence.

Mold Remediation in Commercial Buildings. Just as school buildings are susceptible to mold infestations, commercial buildings can become a hotbed for the fungi. One of the common places for mold to grow within the commercial setting is the HVAC system. The systems that are not functioning optimally or are ill-equipped to handle the workload can generate moisture buildup. This can lead to mold growth as the spores within the air ducts will adhere to organic matter and develop into mold colonies. The mold can now spread throughout the office via the A/C network. SERVPRO can inspect and, if necessary, clean, sanitize and deodorize the HVAC system as part of a regular maintenance and cleaning program.

Call SERVPRO Now. To ensure that mold does not become a problem in your school or commercial business setting, securing a mold prevention and extermination service is important. Bloomfield Township mold remediation can usually be prevented if proactive inspections and maintenance plans are followed. The IICRC-certified professionals of SERVPRO possess the advanced skills and knowledge, along with top-notch equipment, necessary to expedite and optimize all mold services.

Commercial Mold Remediation Presents Unique Challenges

Mold can spread quickly through a Bloomfield Township property if left untreated. SERVPRO of North Oakland County can respond quickly, working to first contain the infestation to help prevent its spread to other parts of the building. We are ready 24/7 to help in the communities of Troy, Beverly Hills, and Macomb to remediate the structure to preloss condition. Call us at (248) 439-1160

Tips You Should Follow After A House Fire in Troy

11/16/2015 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Tips You Should Follow After A House Fire in Troy Protect Your Family and Property from Flames

In Troy, SERVPRO Suggests Safety First for Any Fire Damaging Event to Your Home

How a homeowner reacts to a house fire should follow the tenet of "Safety First."  Troy fire damage, as the result of a large-scale fire, can be repaired and restored. However, knowing what to do during and after a fire can help save you money and limit the structural damages impacting your property. SERVPRO suggests that learning what steps to take in the face of a house fire may save a life.

During a Fire

1. Check Doors before Entering A Room. Before you open a door, be sure to check the door. If you see smoke coming from under the door, do not enter. You can also touch the doorknob to see if it is hot. If so, avoid this door and seek another exit. If you cannot find a door to exit the premises safely, you will need to use a window. Hopefully, you had fire drills with an evacuation plan for such an emergency.

2. Leave The Premises. Once you're aware that a fire is present, don't panic. Instead, focus on quickly removing you and your family (do a head count) from the property. Although you may want to grab some valuables, doing so is not advisable, if super-heated air or roaring flames are close. Safety first.

3. Be Aware Of Smoke. Smoke inhalation, charged with temperatures reaching 1200 degrees F, is the leading cause of death during a house fire. Stay low to the floor as possible while exiting your home in Troy.

4. Do A Head Count. DON'T PANIC if someone is missing. If reentry is not safe, tell the 1st responders so that they can find the missing family member.

After a Fire

5. Call A Fire Damage Restoration Company like SERVPRO. Our premier company will immediately dispatch a team to assess the damage and offer a plan for restoration. Upon a signed work authorization form, we will begin the water extraction to mitigate secondary water damage caused by the fire-extinguishing efforts of the Troy FD.  We will fill out a CCIS inventory listing of your room by room water and fire-damaged personal items, furniture, and structural materials. We will categorize them as salvageable, non-salvageable, or questionable. The final decision for repairing, restoring, or discarding rest with you and your insurance adjuster.

6. Call Your Insurance Agent. Your insurance agent will help you with important processes such as independent documenting of fire damaged items and obvious structural degradation. SERVPRO has a working relationship with many insurance companies and is willing to coordinate the cleanup and fire damage restoration services with your adjuster. This will expedite your return home while limiting costs to you.

7. Do Not Go Back In The House. Don't attempt to re-enter the home until you have obtained permission from the fire department or local authorities to do so.

8. Manage Important Documents. Find all of your important documents and records and put them in a safe place.

9. Keep Records Of Damage Expenses. Obtain receipts for any expenses entailed by the disaster so that your insurance agent can work with you and SERVPRO to limit costs.

Trust The Talented Technicians Of SERVPRO to use their training, experience, and equipment to return your home in Troy to pre-fire damage condition, in a professionally and empathetic manner.

Locally Owned, with National Resources

We live and work in Troy too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of North Oakland County is close by and ready to respond to your fire damage emergency. We are faster to any size disaster. Call us 24/7 at (248) 439-1160

How To Effectively Handle Water Damage in Birmingham

11/12/2015 (Permalink)

Water Damage How To Effectively Handle Water Damage in Birmingham SERVPRO Extracts Water From Bathroom Flooding

SERVPRO Tips for the Water Damage to Your Birmingham Home

Excessive water intrusion is one of your Birmingham home's biggest enemies. Unfortunately, this intrusion can penetrate almost any surface and space on your property, thereby causing extensive water damage. A secondary effect of a water-damaging event is mold growth and proliferation. Irrespective of the source of water damage, there are several steps you should take to eliminate it quickly and correctly. Doing so will help eliminate economic and emotional strain. SERVPRO suggests that you implement the following steps following the onset of water damage to your property.

Call Your Insurance Provider. When more than a puddle of water impacts your property call your insurance provider. An insurance adjuster will arrive to inspect the water damage, and fill out the necessary paperwork. In some cases, the adjuster will take pictures of damaged personal possessions and visible structural problems. Here is where the professionalism of SERVPRO shines. We can assist and help manage the insurance paperwork and process. We utilize a Content Claim Inventory Service (CCIS) technology to assess and catalogue water damaged items and structural materials. We are a preferred provider of water damage services to over 300 insurance and property management companies and government entities. We will always focus on your best interests concerning expenses and expedition of the related work. And provide documentation of a successful drying of your home.

Avoid DIY Projects. Never, ever attempt to complete water damage restoration services on your own. There are a wide range of dangerous fungi and bacteria that can be present in the water. In fact, exposure to Category 3 water (sewage and flood water backup) can make a resident extremely ill.

Contact Water Damage Restoration Experts. SERVPRO is an industry leader that possesses the specialized equipment necessary to expedite the recovery process. Some of the equipment used by our water damage restoration experts includes moisture meters, heat injectors, dehumidifiers, high volume air movers, pumping systems, and powerful vacuums. Additionally, mold remediation specialists will utilize cleaning products and sanitizers to eliminate microbial threats and mycotoxins from fungi. Any musty mold odor will be eliminated by use of several fogging systems.

Let The SERVPRO Professionals Assist You and restore your Birmingham water damaged home to pre-loss condition. Our industry experts possess the extensive training, experience, and expertise necessary to get the job done fast and efficiently. Our IICRC-certified technicians are happy to provide you with 24/7 emergency services to ensure that all issues can be addressed immediately and effectively corrected.

Locally Owned and Operated

We live and work in Birmingham; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of North Oakland County is close by and ready to respond to your water or flood damage emergency. We are proud to be an active member of the Birmingham, Troy, and Bloomfield Hills communities. Call us for help. ((248) 439-1160