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Don't Try To Clean Up After A Fire... Call The Pro's Today!

6/30/2022 (Permalink)

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No one plans for a fire to erupt in their Bingham Farms, Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, or Troy, MI home or business.  Unfortunately, fire damage can occur at any time of the year.  Fireworks, space heaters, fire places, cooking equipment and candles are all perfect examples that could ignite your home into flames.  Some people’s first reaction after a fire is to begin cleaning it up themselves.  Here’s why you shouldn’t.

Water Damage – When the fire department responds to a fire in a home or business, they spray gallons of water into your property.  The water will get everywhere - furniture, electronics, ceilings, clothing, floors, etc.  The longer you wait to remove the water, the faster the damage will set in. Don’t try to remove the water yourself.  You will waste valuable time that could be sent soaking up that damaging water.  Calling SERVPRO of North Oakland County is the best option to quickly, efficiently and professional remove the water and to begin remediation to your home or business.

Soot Damage/ Smoke Damage – along with the extensive damage a fire can cause, soot and smoke damage is just as tricky.  Smoke will get everywhere and travel throughout your home or business.  It will affect everything in your home from furniture, clothing, walls, ceilings and floors. Soot will also be left behind staining walls and ceilings.  SERVPRO of North Oakland County has the necessary products to property remove smoke and soot damage, as well as treating the contents affected by the fire.

Effected Contents – In some cases, a homeowner will discard their personal items effected by fire or smoke damage.  This is another reason why you should call SERVPRO of North Oakland County. We can asses and inspect items to determine whether they are salvageable or unsalvageable.  Our team will collect every item and thoroughly document each item to keep track and inventory all contents.  Many times, we can clean and deodorize the effected contents.

Leave it to the professionals who have been restoring fire damages for many many years.  We have the people, the tools, the equipment and the experience to handle any size disaster.  Don’t try to handle it on your own.  Time efficiency is key when it comes to a fire in your home or business.

Give us a call today!  248-439-1160

Can You Cleanup Your Mold At Home Or At Work?

5/18/2022 (Permalink)

Mold Do not mess with mold. Get it removed professionally!

It's not a good feeling to enter your Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills or Troy, MI home or business and smell a musty odor or see a strange substance on the walls, ceiling or flooring area.  You may wonder if it may be mold, why it's there, and how to properly clean it.  Our crews, here at SERVPRO of North Oakland County, are ready to properly remediate any mold issues in your home or business.

What is Mold?

  • Molds are part of the natural environment, and can be found everywhere, indoors and outdoors.  When mold is indoors, it can cause problems and can spread rapidly.  It's important to find out why the mold is there and remediate it properly. 
  • Mold needs moisture to grow.  The way to control mold growth indoors is to control moisture. Very often, mold will grow on areas that have been affected by a leak, or other water intrusion. The presence of moisture allowed the mold to grow on a source of food, such as drywall, wood, vinyl or other surfaces. 

Cleaning Mold

  • If you discover a mold problem, don't wait to address the issue.  Mold damages what it grows on.  The longer it grows, the more damage it can cause.  It's strongly recommended that if the affected area is over 10 square feet, a professional mold remediation company is used to prevent any further issues. 
  • Fix plumbing leaks and other water problems as soon as possible.  Dry all items completely. 
  • Scrub mold off hard surfaces with detergent and water, and dry completely. 
  • Absorbent or porous materials, such as ceiling tiles and carpet, may have to be thrown away if they become moldy.  Mold can grow on or fill in the empty spaces and crevices of porous materials, so the mold may be difficult or impossible to remove completely. 
  • Do not paint or caulk moldy surfaces.  Clean up the mold and dry the surfaces before painting. Paint applied over moldy surfaces is likely to peel.

Our expert crews at SERVPRO of North Oakland County are prepared should you suspect a mold issue.  We're ready to help identify the source, dry the area, remediate the mold, and assist in the verification of air quality.  No matter the size of the area affected, should you suspect your home or business is affected with mold growth, SERVPRO of North Oakland County is ready to provide professional remediation services.

Get Your Commercial Carpet Cleaned Today!

5/18/2022 (Permalink)

A Commercial Office Wallsway with Dirty Carpet Now is the time to schedule your commercial carpet cleaning!

The average lifespan of commercial carpet ranges anywhere from three years to ten years. Replacing carpeting is a significant investment, so if you’re a Clawson, Madison Heights or Troy, MI business owner with carpet in your workspace, you’re probably interested in seeing that carpet last closer to ten years, rather than having to replace it every three.  And, because carpet is a soft surface that can trap dirt and bacteria, carpet maintenance is about more than just financials; it’s also about the health of your employees and customers.

According to the International Sanitary Supply Association, one square yard of commercial carpet can accumulate up to a pound of dirt in just one week’s time, and up to twice that much during inclement weather.  Also, dirt isn’t the only thing lurking between those carpet fibers.  Dead skin cells, dust mites, bacteria, and pollen grains are also frequent offenders, and if your business is pet-friendly, pet hair and urine will also be a common culprit.  Any and all of these particles can become airborne when disturbed (walked on), and agitate individuals with asthma or allergies.

You may still ask, “Does my workspace really need professional cleaning when we vacuum each night?” And, while studies do show that frequent vacuuming can significantly lower allergens in a carpeted space, a standard vacuum just isn’t able to get deeply ingrained dirt and particles.  In fact, most carpet warranties require you to have a professional carpet cleaning every twelve to eighteen months.  That’s where SERVPRO of North Oakland County comes in.  SERVPRO of North Oakland County offers a wide range of carpet cleaning methods with the use of specialized cleaners to help your commercial carpet last longer and protect the health of your customers and employees. 

For more info on our carpet cleaning services, check out.  https://www.SERVPROnorthoaklandcounty.com/carpet-upholstery-cleaning, or better yet, give our office a call at 248-439-1160.

The 5 Steps Of Professional Mold Cleanup

7/1/2021 (Permalink)

A Moldy Corner - image of mold in corner of room Don’t Let Mold Ruin Your Home Or Business

Once mold appears in your Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills or Troy, MI business or home, removing it isn’t as easy as it may seem, especially if it is black mold.  While some of it may be all too visible, there is a chance it has already spread to areas of the home not affected by water damage.  To ensure it is removed right, it is recommended to seek the help of a certified mold remediation and restoration company.  Below are the five general steps involved in a professional cleanup.

1. Inspection

Within 24 hours of receiving the call, the right professional can set up a time to inspect and assess the damage.  Various technologies are used to detect hidden water damage and fungi growth.  After the inspection, the experts can provide a detailed plan for remediation.

2. Containment

Black mold spreads fast, so the first step is containment.  Depending on your situation, various methods can be used to keep spores from floating to other areas. Typically, a negative air chamber along with physical barriers trap the spores in preparation of cleanup.

3. Air Filtration

Visible mold is likely already in a stage in which it can start to send spores elsewhere. An essential component of mold cleanup is cleaning the air.  Professionals use high-tech, industrial-grade air scrubbers and HEPA vacuums to keep spores from spreading.  Negative air machines are also used to remove airborne particles, ensuring no lingering ones remain.

4. Removal and Cleanup

Once the area and air are contained, the removal and cleanup process begins. The extent of the damage determines how long the process takes.  Anti-fungal and antimicrobial treatments prevent the creation of additional colonies.  Highly infested porous materials are removed.  This often includes insulation, drywall, trim and carpet. Belongings also must be carefully removed for proper cleaning and sanitizing off-site.

5. Restoration

Often the longest part of the process, restoration starts once the affected areas have passed a clearance test.  SERVPRO's team of professionals know what is needed to take your home back to “Like it never even happened.”

Dealing with black mold requires expertise and patience.  Luckily, help is just a call away.  Give us a call today!  248-439-1160

Get Your Birmingham & Troy, MI Business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned

5/19/2021 (Permalink)

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned Logo Get Your Birmingham & Troy, MI Business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned Today!

What is “CSC” - Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned?

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive program set forth by SERVPRO professionals to address the current COVID-19 pandemic.  This cleaning goes beyond regular janitorial services.  SERVPRO of North Oakland County crews are equipped with our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE – A product crafted to disinfect from COVID-19 and carries the EPA’s lowest toxicity rating making it safe for carpeting and furniture.

Becoming Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned communicates your commitment for the health and safety of you, your staff, and customers through selecting a higher standard of clean to help combat the spread of COVID-19.  Our goal is to provide a safe working environment and ensure to stimulate consumer confidence as businesses continue to reopen.

Becoming Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned

Partnering with industry leader SERVPRO means you will receive prompt response for disinfection servicing, especially in the event of responding to a confirmed case of COVID-19.

Our team will work with you to develop a plan through consulting and advising for which program best fits the needs of your business – Based on business type, size of space, and amount of high-touch point surfaces.

Based on these needs, your business will undergo a thorough cleaning process, with SERVPRO crews following CDC guidelines with the necessary PPE, Personal Protective Equipment such as gloves, masks, face shields and Tyvek suits.  Lastly, after your Birmingham or Troy, MI business has been serviced, you will receive signage and/or window cling decals to display to your community your commitment of clean from SERVPRO of North Oakland County.

Want to Join the CSC Program?

Call for a consultation at 248-439-1160.  Our crews are available 24/7/365 to help you regain normalcy to your business by bringing peace of mind through the CSC Program.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience. 

Do Your Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills or Troy, MI Cars Need To Be Professionally Cleaned?

5/19/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Certified Cleaning Technician We Provide A Full Range Of Professional Cleaning Services.

Decontamination Services for Vehicles in Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills or Troy, MI?

Did you know that SERVPRO® of North Oakland County provides specialized cleaning and decontamination services for cars and other vehicles?  Although we are better known for our fire and water emergency restoration services in Oakland County, we are also leaders in bioremediation cleanup and restoration.  We follow protocols set by the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and use products approved by the Environmental Protection Agency. Our highly trained technicians are certified in Applied Microbial Remediation through the Institute for Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification, the nonprofit certifying body for the cleaning and restoration industry.

Here are the minimal guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting vehicles from the CDC:

  • Clean and disinfect commonly touched surfaces in the vehicle at the beginning and end of each shift, and after transporting passengers who are visibly sick.
  • Ensure that cleaning and disinfection procedures are followed consistently and correctly.
  • Ensure adequate ventilation when chemicals are in use.
  • Doors and windows should remain open when cleaning the vehicle.
  • Wear disposable gloves compatible with the products being used as well as any other personal protection equipment required according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Call Us Today!

When your Oakland County Michigan vehicle, home, or commercial business needs cleaning, decontamination, and sanitization services, SERVPRO® of Noth Oakland County is Here to Help. Call us at 248-439-1160.

SERVPRO of North Oakland County is Independently Owned and Operated.

Solidify Your Commitment To Clean

7/1/2020 (Permalink)

A Logo That Shows It’s Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned Get Your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned Logo Today

Getting back to your Troy, Birmingham, & Clawson, MI business relies on getting your customers back through your doors. And that will only happen if they feel safe and secure in your space. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean with 40% of consumers citing store cleanliness as a top concern. Are you ready to not only help keep your customers and employees safe but to communicate that you have chosen a higher standard of clean for all Americans?

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program that goes way beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. This is proactive viral pathogen cleaning. As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration,we stand on over 50 years of experience and expertise so you can rest assured that you have selected a higher standard of clean for all Americans – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry-leading and proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. The program is grounded with our unique 3 Cs: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  1. CONSULT: A TAILORED CLEANING PROGRAM TO MEET YOUR NEEDS.
  • We will assign you a Cleaning Protocol Specialist who understands your business.
  • Programs are based on a range of factors: type of industry, business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  1. CLEAN: PROACTIVE AND COVID-19 EMERGENCY RESPONSE CLEANING PROGRAM.
  • Trained and experienced in biohazard cleaning and decontamination for porous and non-porous surfaces – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards for your facility set by the CDC.
  • EPA-approved products, including our proprietary cleaning agent SERVPROXIDE, a hospital-grade disinfectant that is NSF certified for direct food surface use.
  1. CERTIFY: A COMMITMENT TO CLEAN FOR YOUR EMPLOYEES AND CONSUMERS.
  • Leverage SERVPRO’s trusted brand to reassure your customers and employees that you are taking the steps needed to keep your space at a higher level of clean.
  • Communication touchpoints include a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned window emblem, signage, marks for your digital footprint and more.

DISPLAY YOUR COMMITMENT TO CLEAN WITH THE CERTIFIED: SERVPRO CLEANED LOGO.

Customers and employees will know that SERVPRO, the nation’s #1 choice in cleanup and restoration, was there.  Call us today for an appointment.  248-439-1160

We Are Here To Help With COVID-19 Cleaning and Disinfecting

5/14/2020 (Permalink)

COVID-19 Graphic We can help you re-open your business.

Yes, Michigan may still be on shut down but hopefully... not for too much longer.  Reopening the state of Michigan is near (fingers crossed) and we want to ensure all our Michiganders are following up on guidelines and protocols regarding the coronavirus.

With that being said, it is important to be updated on the latest information of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). For the most accurate and up to date information, you can visit the CDC’s website.  Michigan.gov also has vital information you can follow to continue to be informed.  Both the CDC and Michigan.gov have information about popular topics such as:

  • COVID-19 cleaning
  • Preventative cleaning techniques
  • Post-coronavirus cleaning
  • Commercial cleaning
  • Business disinfection
  • Post confirmed case cleaning
  • EPA-approved disinfectants
  • Best hand sanitizers to use
  • Should you need cleaning and sanitizing services

Why Choose SERVPRO for COVID-19 Cleaning?

If you are need a deep and professional clean, trust your certified SERVPRO cleanup and restoration experts.  Our team is trained to perform a proactive cleanup that involves facility or structure cleaning and disinfection.  Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of waste.

Why Choose SERVPRO Disinfectants?

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus.  Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims.  While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Our proprietary disinfectant, SERVPROXIDE™ currently has dozens of EPA-approved claims including Feline coronavirus, Canine coronavirus, Staphylococcus (MRSA), E. coli, Salmonella, Rotavirus, Swine flu (H1N1) and more.  Porous materials like carpet, rugs, upholstered items, and draperies that are not water sensitive can also be wet cleaned using SERVPROXIDE™.

Trust your certified SERVPRO cleanup and sanitization experts and give us a call today!  248-439-1160

Are You Preparing To Re-Open Your Business? We Can Help.

5/5/2020 (Permalink)

We Can Professionally Clean Your Business We Can Your Business Get Back On Track Safely

As you prepare to get back to business in Troy, Birmingham and Bloomfield Hills, MI, SERVPRO of North Oakland County is here to help!  Our sanitization and disinfection services will help minimize the transmission of emerging pathogens and give you, your staff and your customers a fresh start.

Upon competition, our team will provide you with a certificate showing that your facility meets CDC recommendations and that service was completed by IICRC Certified firm.  You will also receive signage stating that your facility has been cleaned and sanitized by SERVPRO that you can proudly display to let others know you have taken the proper proactive steps for reopening your business.

Now, more than ever, it is important to provide a safe, clean environment for your staff and clientele.  Bring them peace of mind by having your facility sanitized and disinfected by SERVPRO.  Our team is available around the clock to help you get back to business.  Give us a call today, 248-439-1160.

Protecting The Businesses That Protect Your Kids

4/27/2020 (Permalink)

Commercial Cleaning Services For Daycare Daycares & Schools Are Important To Us Too.

As we prepare to slowly start opening businesses, we all want to make sure that buildings are cleaned and sanitized, especially those with our little ones in it.

When returning to work, no parent should have to stress about their children being safe while at a childcare program such as daycare. It is imperative to ensure that all high-touch surfaces and areas are cleaned and disinfected before children come in.

Areas that should be cleaned include:

-Offices

-Playrooms

-Cribs

-Bedding

-Bathrooms

-Common play areas

High-touch surfaces include:

-Doorknobs

-Counters

-Changing tables

-Toys

-Light switches

-Faucet handles

-Toilets

-Tablets

-Keyboards

-Crib railings

Remember to always clean from the least contaminated areas (light switches, doorknobs) to the most contaminated areas (faucet, toilet, handle).

Daycare Health Strategies:

Daycare staff and parents can promote a healthy environment for children to follow. These healthy learning and play measures include:

-Encourage hand washing with real soap for at least 20 seconds.

-Put hand sanitizer in numerous stations around the facility for daycare workers and older children.

-Provide disinfectant wipes for workers to wipe down items and surfaces such as toys, tables, chairs, learning stations, inside recreational areas, outside playground equipment, and other frequently touched items or surfaces.

-Workers may wear disposable gloves when needed and appropriate.

-Remind parents and workers of daycare sickness policy.

-Coordinate with the facility cleaning team regarding special measures to be taken during flu and cold season or during periods of a significant increase in sickness.

These measures are very simple and can help keep childcare programs happy and healthy. For more information about childcare precautions, visit the CDC and Michigan.gov.

Need a Professional Deep Clean?

It is never too late to have SERVPRO come into your daycare for disinfecting services. Our team is available 24/7 and is ready to help. Using advanced cleaning technologies, tools, and techniques, we clean to the most thorough standard. For worried parents and staff, you can encourage peace of mind by having a professional deep clean. We are here in your community and here to help. For more information about our cleaning services, call 248-439-1160.