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Are You Worried About Bio-Hazard Cleanups In Troy, MI? Leave It To Us!

1/18/2022 (Permalink)

We’re trained to handle bio-hazard cleanups! A Bio-Hazard Warning Logo

SERVPRO of North Oakland County professionals are trained to safely and effectively removed bio-hazardous substances and prepare waste for proper disposal according to OSHA, EPA, along with state and local health regulations.  We are equipped with the necessary safety equipment and cleaning products, our team can help turn unsafe environments into clean, safe homes, and offices.  

Blood-borne Pathogens

SERVPRO professionals remove and dispose of bodily fluids, tissue, and other potentially pathogenic substances resulting from accident, trauma, crime, or death. Trained SERVPRO technicians thoroughly clean, disinfect, and deodorize the structure.

Crime Scene Residues

From fingerprint powder and evidence-gathering chemicals to tear gas and pepper spray residues, SERVPRO professionals can clean and restore your property and contents.

Arson and Vandalism

SERVPRO professionals are recognized as leaders at helping property owners recover quickly from fire and water damage.  SERVPRO also provides general cleaning and deodorization services for situations resulting from vandalism including graffiti, egg, spoiled foods, and human or animal waste.

Sewage Backup

Sewage backups and black water intrusions are more than nasty, smelly deposits- these damages also introduce harmful microorganisms into a structure.  SERVPRO of North Oakland County professionals remove the sewage, contaminants and moisture, disinfecting as they clean.  Our SERVPRO team help ensure the structure is properly cleaned, disinfected, and deodorized.

Call us today!  248-439-1160

How Do You Reduce Your Risk Of House Fires?

1/18/2022 (Permalink)

Home Fire Don’t Be Irresponsible! Always Be Prepared And Reduce Your Risk To Home Fires!

Whether you live in Bingham Farms, Birmingham or Bloomfield Hills, Michigan… your beautiful home is your sanctuary.  A place where your family spends time together and makes memories.  That’s why it is so scary imagining your home getting damaged by an unfortunate fire.  Although you can’t control everything that happens in your home, there are some necessary tips you can follow to prevent a possible house fire.  Follow these tips below.

  1. Regularly test your smoke alarms.  Test your smoke alarms by pressing the button located on the smoke alarm, if it produces a weak beeping noise, it is time to replace the batteries.
  2. Check your heating sources.  Heating sources that aren’t working properly could potentially trigger a fire.  Have them checked annually.
  3. Maintain a clean oven and stove.  Food particles left behind can get to hot on the burner or in the oven causing a potential fire.  Make sure nothing is left too close to the stove that could catch fire.
  4. Never leave your kitchen unattended.  Don’t leave your kitchen while cooking.  It only takes a few seconds for a fire to break out.  If you have to step out of the room, turn the burners off.
  5. Check your dryer.  Make sure to clean out your lint trap after every load of laundry.  The build up of lint can cause a fire.  Have your dryer inspected by a professional yearly.
  6. Inspect your power cords.  Before plugging something in, inspect the cord to make sure it is not frayed or been chewed.  Replace the cords as soon as possible if you notice that the wires have been damaged.  Avoid running cords under a rug or between the wall and your furniture, it can get too hot causing a fire.
  7. Store flammable products properly.  Store common household cleaners and cosmetic items in a cool area.  If they are exposed to high heat, they can combust.
  8. Use caution with candles.  Put candles out before you leave the room or go to sleep and make sure to keep them far away from blankets or any other objects that could catch fire.  Place candles on an even surface to prevent them from being knocked over.  Also, keep them away from pets.
  9. Use caution with your fireplace.  Make sure there is a door between the flames and your flooring, you don’t want any sparks to escape.  Allow enough time for the ashes to cool down before throwing them away.
  10. Always have a fire extinguisher handy.  When a fire breaks out, your best line of defense is a fire extinguisher.  Make sure every family member knows how to use it properly in case of a fire.

When and if you ever do have a home fire emergency, please call us immediately.  We are here to help!  248-439-1160

Are You Dealing With Bio-Hazard Emergency At Work Or Home?

1/7/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment at commercial loss. Call the Pro’s when dealing with commercial bio-hazard cleanups!! SERVPRO of North Oakland County!

SERVPRO of North Oakland County provides 24-hour emergency services and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Beverly Hills, Bingham Farms, Birmingham, & Bloomfield’s Hills, Michigan.

We are committed to responding immediately to your commercial or residential Bio-Hazard emergency and have the expertise to handle your advanced cleaning needs.  Bio-Hazard cleanings are a different animal.  You have to be extremely detailed and safety orientated.  Our team works around the clock relentlessly to make sure we properly, safely and efficiently mitigate any and all effected content and structure so that returning to your home or business is a breeze!

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 

If your business needs our help, call SERVPRO of North Oakland County today at 248-439-1160!

Do You Smoke In Your Clawson, Madison Heights, or Troy Michigan Home?

1/6/2022 (Permalink)

Ash Tray If you’re a smoker… Please be cognizant of your cigarettes!

Cigarettes are a common cause of fire even though these fires are easily preventable. Here are three ways to prevent a cigarette fire in your Clawson, Madison Heights or Troy, Michigan home:

1. Smoke outside.  Most cigarette fires start when a smoker falls asleep.  Bedrooms and couches are the most common places for cigarette fires to break out.  Keep in mind that the same risks apply to smoking on a screened-in porch or a deck with furniture.  It’s best to smoke away from the house in an outdoor chair.  You may be less likely to get comfortable enough to fall asleep outside with a lit cigarette.

2. Completely extinguish cigarettes.  If you do not put out the burning end of a cigarette, you will greatly increase a fire risk inside or outside of your home.  Take an extra moment to make sure that your cigarette is completely extinguished before leaving the area.

3. Use stable, enclosed ashtrays.  An ashtray fire is a common type of cigarette fire. This type of blaze can occur if a pet knocks over an ashtray that contains smoldering butts or if burning butts get blown out of the ashtray onto combustible materials outdoors.  Choose an ashtray that is hard to knock over, and that is enclosed or features a material that makes it easy to ensure that smoldering butts no longer pose a fire risk.

These are three simple and effective ways to prevent fires caused by cigarettes in or around your home.  If a cigarette fire does break out, you can either extinguish a minor fire yourself or call the fire department.  If your home sustains damage, call SERVPRO of North Oakland County at 248-439-1160.

Do You Know What To Do With Mold In Your Home Or Business?

12/28/2021 (Permalink)

Mold on walls Mold is never any fun to clean up. Let the professionals help you remove it.

If you find Mold in your Bingham Farms, Birmingham, or Bloomfield Hills, MI home or business, here are some important Tips to Remember About Mold Include the Following: 

  • Mold can establish itself in as little as 24 to 48 hours. 
  • Mold thrives in areas with high humidity, dim lighting, and low air circulation. 
  • Mold can form colonies in as little as 1 to 12 days. 

Mold Growth 

If you suspect that mold is growing in your home or building, it is crucial to check areas that have sustained water damage.  Whether the water is from a small, consistent leak or a major disaster, it can lead to conditions that foster mold.  When the mold spores land in the correct environment, they begin feeding and breaking down materials such as wood, carpet, fabric, and sheetrock.  This can lead to structural damage if not taken care of. 

Mold Remediation 

Professional cleanup and remediation services are essential to effectively handle mold growth, as experts have specialized equipment and training to detect and remediate the situation.  Not only is it imperative to remove the existing mold, but it is also important to fix the source of the water feeding the mold.  If the source of the water is not addressed, the mold will return and cause more damage, so this is a crucial step in mold prevention. 

If you suspect mold, weather because of water damage, or just from damp conditions, you should call SERVPRO of North Oakland County as quickly as possible.  We are always “here to help," and have the training, equipment, and expertise to take care of your mold problem.  Our goal is to get you back to a clean, healthy home and make it "Like it never even happened.” 

Call us Today!  248-439-1160

Our Standards Are The Highest

12/20/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Logo We work by the highest IICRC Standards.

Who is the IICRC?

The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification is a nonprofit organization for the cleaning and restoration industry.  Our SERVPRO of North Oakland County team members study IICRC best practices guidelines for fire damage, water damage restoration, and mold remediation.  It is a certification and standard-setting organization.  IICRC standards are developed to provide the highest quality concepts, terminology and procedures recognized in the cleaning and restoration industry.

There are many certifications that our team members earn and our SERVPRO Team of franchise professionals make sure to keep up with the certifications as technology and material changes.  Our team members take the certifications to be prepared for any situation and to properly address the problem and apply efficient and thorough mitigation for your business or property.

What Can You Do When You Have Sewage Backups At Home?

12/8/2021 (Permalink)

Toilet Picture. Sewage Water Is No Bueno!!

Water damage in your beautiful Bingham Farms, Birmingham or Bloomfield Hills, MI home can be absolutely devastating, especially cleaning up areas of your home after flooding and sewer damage.  Water from sewer system backups should be considered very dangerous.  The water is grossly unsanitary and may contain bacteria and viruses that could cause serious illness.  Special training and equipment are necessary to safely clean this type of contamination. 

If you ever face a sewage backup in your bathroom, there are a few things that are helpful to know to speed proper cleanup and ensure a safe and sanitary home for your family. 

Call for Help 

If you suspect you have damaged sewer lines, call your sewage company to schedule an inspection.  To protect your home from future mold or rot issues after a toilet overflow, call flood damage remediation experts.  Only with the help of professional water removal specialists can you rest assured that floodwater has not crept into places you cannot see to wreak havoc. 

Dry the Area 

Though you may be tempted to sanitize your bathroom immediately after a toilet overflows, you should not do so before you start drying out the affected area.  Whether you are dealing with a flooded toilet or an entire flooded basement, the first thing you should do is utilize heavy duty vacuums, drainage systems and fans to remove all the water. 

Sanitize 

After drying the area, sanitize it as best you can.  Floodwater resulting from sewer damage can be toxic, so be thorough in your cleaning processes.  Once the area is dry from the first round of sanitizer, you should plan to disinfect it one more time. 

Dehumidify 

The presence of excess water in a bathroom often welcomes lingering humidity, which only encourages mold growth in spaces affected by sewer water.  During the process of drying, sanitizing, and restoring, you should be sure that a dehumidifier is always running. 

24 Hour Emergency Service 

Here at SERVPRO of North Oakland County, we are available 24/7 so that when a disaster strikes, we have your back.  Sewage backups should be considered an emergency and dealt with as quickly as possible.  We are the water damage restoration specialists with specific training and expertise to safely restore your home.

Call us today!  248-439-1160

How To Keep Your Pipes From Freezing

12/2/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Logo Here are some great tips for preventing frozen pipes and mitigating potential damage that they can cause.

Living in Southeast Michigan, we all know sub-zero temperatures are ahead and Michigan winters can be brutal.  With frigid temperatures and winter storms coming, now is the time to learn more about how to avoid frozen pipes and water damage that can occur if those pipes expand and burst.  Frozen pipes are actually very preventable, SERVPRO offers the following tips for preventing frozen pipes and mitigating potential damage that they can cause.  

To prevent frozen pipes and avoid any potential damage: 

  • Insulate all exposed pipes in your property.  Pay close attention to where pipes may be unheated, such as the basement, attic, garage, crawl space, and under cabinets in the kitchen and bathroom. 
  • Maintain a consistent temperature through your house day and night. 
  • Close any valves located inside that supply water outdoors and open outside valves to properly drain any excess water remaining in the pipes. 
  • Remove, drain, and store hoses used outdoors. 
  • In especially freezing temperatures, let your faucet trickle; running water is less likely to freeze. 
  • If you will be leaving your home unoccupied for an extended period, leave the heat on and set to a temperature no lower than 55° F. 

Thawing Out a Frozen Pipe: 

  • If you turn on a faucet and only a few drips come out, you may have a frozen pipe. Typically, frozen pipes are found along exterior walls or where your water service enters your home through the foundation. 
  • Leave the faucet on while treating any frozen pipes, as flowing water will help melt the ice. 
  • Apply heat to the frozen section of the pipe by using an electric heating pad, an electric hair dryer, or wrapping pipes with towels soaked in hot water.  Do not use a blowtorch, kerosene or propane heater, or other open flame device. 
  • Check all other faucets in your home to see if you have additional frozen pipes.  If one pipe freezes, others may freeze too. 

Cold weather, snow, and ice storms can cause severe damage to your Birmingham, Clawson, or Troy, MI home or business.  When these types of disasters strike, immediate action is necessary to prevent additional damage to your property. SERVPRO of North Oakland County has the winter storm experience, expertise, and the resources to remediate damage caused by winter weather.  We are always here to help!  Call us today at 248-439-1160

Key Things To Remember On How To Prevent Kitchen Fires

12/2/2021 (Permalink)

A Person Cooking in a kitchen Kitchen Fire Prevention 101!

More home fires start in the kitchen than anywhere else.  Every year, cooking was involved in an estimated 156,300 home fires that caused: 

  • 470 deaths 
  • 5,390 injuries 
  • $1 billion in property damage 

These numbers could be greatly reduced if people paid more attention when they cooked and practiced simple fire safety behaviors. 

Unattended Cooking is The Leading Cause of Kitchen Fires 

  • Stay in the kitchen when frying, grilling of broiling food.
  • Check food regularly – use a timer to remind you the stove/oven is On.
  • If you must leave – turn the oven Off.

Stay Alert to Avoid Stirring Up Trouble 

  • Don’t use the oven or stovetop if you are sleepy, have consumed alcohol or are using drugs. 

Hot Tips 

  • Keep pot handles turned inwards.
  • When you microwave food, open the container slowly to let steam escape and let food cool before eating.
  • Cool a burn under water for 3 to 5 minutes and cover it with a clean dry cloth.
  • If the burn is bigger than your fist, seek immediate medical assistance.

Flammable Objects -Keep Away from the Stove 

  • Keep anything that can burn a safe distance away from the stove.
  • Clean up food and grease from burners and the stovetop.
  • Wear short, tight-fighting, or lightly rolled sleeves.  If clothes catch fire, stop, drop and roll over and over or back and forth to put the fire out.  Get medical help. 

Be Ready to React Fast to a Cooking Fire 

  • When in doubt – just get out! 
  • If you try to fight fire with a fire extinguisher, be sure: 
  1. Other people are leaving the home.
  2. Someone is calling the fire department.
  3. You have a clear exit path.
  • If a small fire starts: 
  1. Slide a lid over the pan.
  2. Turn Off the burner.
  3. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cool.

For an oven or microwave fire, turn off the unit and keep the door closed.   

If you do have a problem in the kitchen or any other room in the house give SERVPRO of North Oakland County a call.  248-439-1160.  We will clean up all fire, smoke and water damage.

Be Proactive On Preventing Electrical Fires

11/12/2021 (Permalink)

Overused Electrical Outlet Don’t be this person.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, the second leading of cause of house fires in the U.S. is from electrical failures or malfunctions.  Most electrical fires are caused by faulty electrical outlets and outdated appliances. The following are the most common reasons why electrical fires happen: 

Old electrical sockets and unsafe appliances 

Appliances that are old and overused and those that fall short of modern safety standards are the worst culprits.  Frayed electrical cords, self-jointed wires, and worn-out sockets that are not properly grounded are major causes of fires.  They become ready outlets for directing heat and fire to carpets, rugs, curtains, and combustible plastic.  Older appliances draw more power than the wall sockets can handle. 

Using light fixtures that exceed the permissible wattage 

A very common cause of fires is plugging lights, lighting appliances and bulbs into electrical sockets that cannot handle higher wattage levels.  Antique lighting appliances may have defective wiring that makes the appliance unstable by overheating. Decorating lights with colored paper and cloth shades can increase the risk of fire when the material or fabric heats up. 

Using multiple appliances plugged into an extension cord 

Unrestricted use of extension cords is a major fire hazard.  The risk of fire increases when your TV, home theatre, computer and other appliances are all plugged into a single extension cord.  This creates excessive power load on a single socket which may not be designed to handle that load.  So, there is a social and economic cost to damaged wiring! 

Locating portable heaters near combustible materials 

Portable space heaters that use coils are potentially dangerous when they are positioned carelessly near curtains and rugs and adjacent to beds and cloth covered furniture.  The chances of inflammable material meeting the red-hot coils increase the risk of fire. 

Wiring that becomes defective with the passage of time 

Over a period of time, you add more electrical appliances such as wide screen televisions, home theatre, microwave oven, refrigerator, and air conditioners.  The outdated home wiring cannot handle the increased power load.  Older wiring tends to heat up quickly and catches fire.  If the breaker boxes are themselves defective, they cannot prevent overheated electrical panels from catching fire.