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Are You Able To Restore Or Replace When Dealing With A Significant Loss?

9/13/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Logo with Crew Members Identifying which items can be restored instead of replaced is a huge benefit.

When your Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills or Troy, Michigan commercial or residential property has been damaged by fire or water, SERVPRO of North Oakland County's mission has always been to provide the best customer service possible, to support your business or home during the mitigation process, and to make it "Like it never even happened."

Our team works to provide this service as quickly as possible and at the lowest possible cost to you. We understand that time is money and our team makes it their job to help you get life back to normal.  Part of recovering the belongings in your home or business includes identifying which items and structures can be preserved.  Our team strives to restore the items in your life that may have more meaning.  Sometimes it is actually more of cost savings to restore something than it is to completely replace it.  This also allows our team to maintain those items which have sentimental value.  Did you know that according to research conducted by the insurance and repair industries, restoring property after fire and water damage is less expensive than replacing it?  Restoring items is also less disruptive to your home or business, allowing you to stay in their homes or continue conducting your business throughout the process and rapidly return to normal.  Our team is trained to identify when restoring can be performed with the high-quality outcomes that our clients deserve as a preferred mitigation and restoration partner for most major insurance companies.  This "repair" rather than "replace" mindset can help you save money while keeping family treasures, keepsakes, and other impossible or prohibitively expensive items to replace.  If your home or business has been impacted by water or fire damage, call the professionals at SERVPRO of North Oakland County today!  248-439-1160

Let Us Help You!!

9/13/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Logo Let the professionals help you!

Most clients of say...

"It won't happen to us“, or "I don’t need to think about that, we've always been ok."

Then, they're off to bed and something happens.  A spark happens near wood or blankets, or a flame is created inside a wall, and before you know it you're answering questions from an insurance adjuster and freaking out!  You don’t know who you want to use to start the "clean-up" ball rolling in your Bingham Farms, Clawson, or Madison Heights Michigan home or business, but you need it done.  Fast.

It seems all too often that those things in life we think won’t happen — happen.  They always happen when you least expect it and then you're in panic mode.

Don’t allow yourself to be another victim.  Let us bring the equipment and the experienced personnel to help you in your time of need!

We can help!

Call us today at 248-439-1160 if the unimaginable happens and we will be there to help.  Our team at SERVPRO of North Oakland County will send technicians who are experts in fire restoration.  Soot and smoke damage are things we understand.

Every Day We Are...

5/19/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Logo Here To Help... for all of your disaster needs.

Here to Help!

SERVPRO of North Oakland County provides 24-Hour emergency service and we are dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Beverly Hills, Bingham Farms, Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Clawson, Madison Heights & Troy, MI.  We offer this 24-Hour emergency service seven days a week, 365 days a year.  We can and will respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise and experience to handle your cleaning or restoration needs.  Here are just a few reasons to call us in your time of need: 

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

Residential Services

Whether your Oakland County home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us!  Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and will make your property look its best.  Learn more about the residential services we offer:

  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Cleaning Services
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Building/Reconstruction Services
  • Residential COVID-19 Disinfecting 

Commercial Services

There's never a convenient time for fire or water damage to strike your Oakland County commercial property.  Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity.  Whenever the need for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services arises, we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with our highly trained technicians and we will get your property back to business!

Learn more about our commercial services:

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration
  • Commercial COVID-19 Disinfecting
  • Certified: SERVPRO Clean Program 

Please contact us today at 248-439-1160

Who Has The Best Large Loss Restoration Qualities?

3/27/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Logo SERVPRO of North Oakland County Can Help Your Business Open As Fast As Possible And Help You Eliminate Downtime!

What Qualities Do You To Look For In A Large Restoration Company?

Disasters happen all the time here in Metro Detroit, and anywhere you live or work really.  When they do, they can ruin everything in your business in Bingham Farms, Birmingham, or Troy, MI.  They can also force you to shut down until repairs are finished.  The result is a serious interruption that you want to be remedied as soon as possible.  That's why you need to know what qualities to look for in a large loss restoration company.  Knowing what to look for can help you choose the best company. That will help you recover from any disaster, whether you face flooding or blizzards.  This can get your company back to normal quickly.

Experience With Numerous Loss Sources

You want to look for a company that has experience with several types of loss sources.  For instance, you should look for a company that has dealt with hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, fires, and even broken sprinkler systems.

Offer Comprehensive Services

When recovering from a catastrophic loss, you need a disaster restoration company that handles it all.  Find one that offers a comprehensive list of services, including:

  • Damage assessment
  • Structural drying
  • Anti-microbial treatments
  • Sewage remediation
  • Demolition
  • Power setup
  • Picture documentation
  • Daily updates

Cares About Your Business

You want a company that is going to be reliable.  You also want them to do great work.  Plus, you want them to communicate well.  You may even be looking for someone who cares enough to focus on getting your business back open.  That is the ideal catastrophic loss company.  They should care about your business enough to get the job done right and work with you.

Place Value First

Obviously, you want the job done quickly.  However, you also want your catastrophic loss team to prioritize value over speed.  Therefore, you should look for a company that is responsive, caring, dependable, top-quality, good communicators, experts, and trustworthy.

Storm damage and other disasters can happen to any business.  If you want to find restoration professionals that can help you get your company back open as quickly as possible, you need to know what qualities to look for.

Call us today when you’re dealing with an unexpected disaster.  SERVPRO of North Oakland County!  248-439-1160

Do You Have The Right Equipment To Help With Your Disaster?

3/27/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Equipment We have all the necessary equipment to help with your disaster!

When it comes to restoring damages to your Clawson, Madison Heights, or Troy, MI home or business, you want a professionally equipped team that you can trust.  At SERVPRO of North Oakland County, we use industry leading technology and equipment to address your damages, whether caused by water, fire, or mold, and quickly begin the remediation process.

Moisture Detection Equipment

Scientific drying principles rely upon specialized equipment to detect, measure, and monitor a property’s moisture levels.  Recent advances, like infrared cameras, help us detect water through a wall, ceiling, or floor.  Along with cameras, SERVPRO of North Oakland County uses moisture saturation detection equipment, such as hygrometers.

Water Extraction Equipment

Powerful extraction equipment speeds the drying process by removing the bulk of the water from your home or business.  We utilize items such as submersible and gas-powered pumps for continuous pumping of high-level water along with extraction units to perform efficient water removal.

Drying Equipment

SERVPRO of North Oakland County utilizes industrial strength air movers and dehumidifiers to remove any remaining moisture from ceiling, walls, and floors of your home or business after extraction.  Proper drying helps to prevent swelling and warping of floors, walls, and furniture.

Odor Removal and Deodorization

Water and fire damages often cause powerful odors.  We use powerful air scrubbers and thermal foggers with deodorization agents to remove airborne contaminants and control the air quality during the restoration and cleanup process.

Sanitizing Agents, Germicides, and Anti-Microbial Treatments

Sometimes, the use of OSHA-approved cleaning agents may be needed to clean and remove odors and/or contaminants on your property.  SERVPRO of North Oakland County utilizes deodorization products to control odors from excessive moisture as well as disinfection products stop the growth of bacteria, fungi, mildew, and other harmful microorganisms.

If your Oakland County, MI home or business is affected by a water, fire, or mold damage, give SERVPRO of North Oakland County a call at 248-439-1160

We are… “Here to Help!”

Do You Have Mold In Your Troy, MI Home? If So, Get It Removed Professionally

3/16/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Crews Working on Mold Remediation Let SERVPRO help you remediate your mold problem!

Very often, we receive this question from concerned callers: "Can we just spray bleach on it?"

Using bleach to take care of mold was once recommended by agencies such as OSHA and the EPA. However, they have since been revised after research revealed that the "do-all, be-all cure" for killing microbial growth, actually had the opposite effect.  First, let us take a look at how mold forms to understand why using bleach is not effective. 

Mold needs water, food and typically a warm temperature to grow.  This illustrates the first reason to call SERVPRO of North Oakland County: If mold is growing, chances are that the materials are wet. There has likely been a water loss of some sort, and until it is properly dried, mold will continue to grow.

The chlorine in bleach, due to its ionic composition, cannot penetrate porous surfaces.  Porous surfaces include materials such as drywall, ceilings, wood, carpet and many others.  Spraying bleach on the mold will only kill it on the surface.  Many people do not know that mold actually has roots called hyphae.  These roots will still remain in the porous material and eventually rise to the surface again.  Remember that bleach contains both chlorine and water.  The chlorine cannot make it below the surface - but the water can.  Thus, you are actually replenishing the mold with one of the key things it needs to grow - water!  Secondly, it will "bleach" the color, making it appear that the mold is gone.  Again, this is only on the surface. 

At SERVPRO of North Oakland County we use specialized products designed to travel deep into porous surfaces to remove mold at its roots.  Sometimes we cannot remove the mold from the material and the material must be completely removed from the home for the safety of you and your family.  Our technicians are trained to differentiate between what can be safely cleaned and what cannot.  In addition, live mold releases spores into the air.  The air in your beautiful Oakland County, MI, home may need to be treated with specialty equipment to make sure that all spores are removed. 

Call us today!  248-439-1160

How Do You Get Rid Of That Smoke Odor?

3/14/2022 (Permalink)

Damage after a home fire. Residential Fire Damage In Troy, MI.

How to Get Rid of Smoke Odors

Stubborn smoke odors may linger after the early stages of a fire cleanup are complete and restoration is underway.  Several smoke cleaning methods may be helpful for removing signs of smoke damage and odor from a home that has recently suffered a fire.  Restoration professionals can recommend the most effective methods for eliminating the smell and every trace of staining.

Cleaning and Repainting Surfaces

Surfaces that have been exposed to smoke may exhibit staining and other signs of residues. Restoration professionals may use equipment such as:

  • Chemical sponges
  • Degreasing cleaner
  • Stain-blocking primer

These items and formulas can get rid of surface stains and prevent these stains from resurfacing through fresh paint.  Cleaning off residue may also reduce smoke odors.  After visible smoke cleaning is complete, it will still be necessary to remove or neutralize smoke particles in the air.

Filtering the Air

Cleanup professionals may recommend the use of air filters to capture smoke particles.  Effective filtration methods include:

  • HVAC air scrubbers
  • HEPA filters
  • Air purifiers

Air scrubbers connect to a central HVAC system and filter air as it circulates.  This can help to get rid of odors that linger in ducts. HEPA filters can be used in an HVAC system or free-standing filtration devices can be operated throughout a home.

Neutralizing Smoke Odor

There are several specialized methods for neutralizing smoke odors.  Restoration professionals may recommend the use of:

  • Ozone machines
  • Hydroxyl generators
  • Thermal foggers
  • Vapor modification

Ozone machines and thermal foggers work quickly, but will require temporary evacuation.  Hydroxyl generators and vapor modification may take longer, but occupants can remain in a residence during these treatments.

Smoke cleaning experts can recommend the right combination of odor-reduction solutions for a residence in Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills or Troy, MI.

Rely on the equipment and expertise of a fire and smoke damage restoration firm to find the most effective methods for getting rid of smoke odor.  Call SERVPRO of North Oakland County today at 248-439-1160!

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

1/18/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Logo Here to help!

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

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

12/28/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Logo Here to help!

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

SERVPRO Receives Distinguished Top 10 Ranking In Entrepreneur Magazines “Franchise 500”

10/20/2021 (Permalink)

Entrepreneur Magazine Cover SERVPRO of North Oakland County is your trusted local leader in cleanup and restoration!

SERVPRO has recently been recognized by Entrepreneur Magazine as the #10 ranked franchise in their Franchise 500.  Along with our top ten distinction, our organization also received the honor of being Entrepreneur’s #1 franchise in the Clean Up and Restoration category.  The team at SERVPRO of North Oakland County is proud to be a part of such a highly respected and recognizable brand.  Our network of franchises has over 1,700 locations nationwide, offering multiple service lines including water mitigation, fire restoration, COVID-19 cleaning, storm response, and mold remediation.  SERVPRO of North Oakland County is not only a leading local choice for these services, but is also a large loss response team, providing service to areas all over the county after large or catastrophic storm events.

When you choose SERVPRO of North Oakland County to provide property damage remediation for your Oakland County Michigan home or business, you can expect a quick response from a professionally trained and certified team, honest communication about your property, and excellent customer service for the entirety of your project.  As a locally owned and operated franchise, many of our franchise employees may be your neighbors, have children the same age as yours, or attend the same events that you do.  We are proud to serve those that we interact with every day in our community and are always Faster to Any Size Disaster.

If you home or business needs clean up or restoration services, give SERVPRO of North Oakland County a call at 248-439-1160.  Serving the communities of Beverly Hills, Bingham Farms, Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Bloomfield Twp., Clawson, Madison Heights, & Troy, MI, our team is available 24/7/365, and look forward to helping you make your property damage “Like it never even happened.”

Are Your Business Carpets Clean?

9/9/2021 (Permalink)

Being a local independently owned franchise, we understand the challenges of owning a small business.  Keeping a commercial space clean can be a big challenge but it needs to be done.  First impressions are very important, and you don't want to turn customers off because your Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills or Troy, MI property has filthy carpets.  Nobody wants to eat in a restaurant that has dirty carpets or upholstery. 

Here at SERVPRO of North Oakland County, we can take care of those things for you.  Cleaning your carpets at least twice a year can help preserve the life of your carpets and keep your building looking clean and smelling fresh.  We have cleaned several businesses throughout Oakland county already.  Churches, restaurants, nursing homes, senior living communities and apartment complexes use us regularly to keep the carpets in their property looking nice and you should too!  Call us today 248-439-1160.

We Are Here To Service You!

9/3/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Trucks & Crew Here To Help!

SERVPRO of North Oakland County provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster.  We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 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 

Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 – 248-439-1160

Residential Services

Whether your home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us.  Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best.  Learn more about our residential services:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services
  • Building/Reconstruction Services

Commercial Services

There's never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your commercial property.  Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity.  So, when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services, we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business.  Learn more about our commercial services: 

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

How SERVPRO Provides Value To Adjusters And Their Clients

5/20/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Logo SERVPRO offers commercial service to business owners 24/7.

Insurance adjusters for business owners in Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Clawson, Madison Heights & Troy, MI collaborate with a variety of professionals to assist clients, including commercial remediation specialists. These companies work with the owners and the adjuster to effectively repair properties after a disaster.  However, one of these organizations stands out among the rest.  SERVPROSERVPRO of North Oakland County goes above and beyond in serving agents and their clients through various methods.

1. Fast Response

Disasters can occur or manifest at inconvenient times.  The insurance client might notice a leak right before the weekend or a fire could ravage a building in the middle of the night.  A strong restoration company offers a response service that is available to business owners 24/7 and deploys experts in a matter of hours.  Fast emergency repair helps the business recover fast and it reduces the insurance claim expenses, benefitting both the adjuster and the client.

2. Detailed Information

The information regarding commercial damage is important since it helps both the client and the insurance adjuster make the best decision regarding the case. SERVPRO has a claims information center that collects and organizes information in a way that is useful to the insurance agent.  It provides a job file that includes photos, detailed descriptions, and paperwork, as well as job costs and industry-standard comparisons.  Agents can request this information in both physical and electronic copies.

3. Pretesting Process

Adjusters prefer to restore property and objects instead of replacing them, as the latter is more expensive.  The best way to measure restorability is to have a remediation company run pretesting on the affected area and belongings.  In addition to determining what can be salvaged or replaced, the process provides information to both the technicians and the adjusters.  They can see what equipment and methods they need for best results and the estimated costs from the procedure.

The right remediation company can make the repair process beneficial to both the insurance adjuster and the establishment owner.  SERVPRO provides these services and more to successfully help both parties.

Is Your Troy Michigan Business Ready For A Disaster?

3/29/2021 (Permalink)

Emergency Ready Plan Logo Don’t Hesitate. Get your Emergency Ready Profile Done Today!

As many as 50% of businesses never recover following a disaster, according to the latest industry research.  SERVPRO of North Oakland County can help you plan ahead for a disaster to minimize business interruption by developing an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) for your Troy, MI business before one strikes.  An ERP provides important contact and building information needed to begin a timely mitigation to help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.  Benefits of an ERP include:  

  • A no cost assessment of your Troy, MI facility which means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost. 
  • A concise profile document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.  It will only take a little time to complete and will not take you away from current projects, but it will save a lot of time if ever needed. 
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.  This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action.
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.  This saves time so we can begin the work of mitigating the damage which can save you time and money. 
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.  Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are “Ready for whatever happens.”

Contact us today to get your ERP done ASAP!  


Is Your Carpet Not Lasting Long Enough In Your Birmingham, MI Home?

3/29/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo Let SERVPRO clean your carpets!

SERVPRO of North Oakland County knows that keeping your carpets cleaned can sometimes feel like a full time job.  Especially if you have kids and pets running around!  In these zany times of working from home and online learning it can be extra challenging to keep your house clean, and easier to notice when the carpets are getting dirty!  But not to worry! SERVPRO of North Oakland County is here to help! 

Being #1 in the industry, means we know dirt.  We have highly trained carpet cleaning technicians that are ready to get your carpets back in to shape. There are also some things you can do to keep help your carpet last longer.  See below for our tips!

5 Tips For Making Your Carpet Last Longer:

1. Vacuum regularly.
2. Spot removal is a good thing.  Don’t wait.
3. Groom carpet to prevent matting.
4. Move furniture to change traffic patterns.
5. Use welcome mats to limit the soil tracked inside your home.

Contact us today to get your carpet cleaned!  


Why We Are, “Faster To Any Size Disaster”

3/16/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Logo Our Team Is Ready For Any Size Disaster!

Fast 24-Hour Emergency Service

Fun Fact: Did you know that there are over 30 SERVPRO Franchises in the state of Michigan?

Being locally owned and operated, as well as being a franchise of a nationally recognized brand, is the best of both worlds.  We live and work locally, and know Oakland County & Metro Detroit well.  But we also have corporate support when we need it.  Especially when there are biblical floods like back in August of 2014.  The SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Teams were here in full force to help us all out.


SERVPRO of North Oakland County is an IICRC Certified Firm. On top of that, all of our technicians are IICRC certified in Water Damage Restoration.

Advanced Technology

For a faster response, our high-tech equipment is preloaded and neatly organized on our vehicles.  Our high-tech equipment includes:

  • moisture detection and measurement equipment
  • water extraction and drying equipment
  • techniques for deodorization and anti-microbial treatments

For more information on our advanced technology, click here.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 248-439-1160

And remember, we are “Here to Help.”

Why SERVPRO Is The Leader In Disaster Management Companies

3/12/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Logo We Are Here To Help!

Two years after SERVPRO opened, they had sold their first franchise.  With that, they began their fast growth into the large company they are today.  There’s a good reason why that growth was so fast.  SERVPRO knows what they’re doing.  In fact, they’ve created their own training programs for each employee to complete in order to verify the quality that is received for each and every job.  When these specially trained professionals arrive at your Clawson, Madison Heights or Troy, MI doorstep, they do not come empty handed.

Creating a State of the art restoration company is a part of the value of hiring SERVPRO.  Upon the assessment, Moisture Detection equipment will be able to measure the quantity of water hidden in the damaged area.  This can not only help identify a source, but also give the team areas to focus on, rather than tearing apart the entire area unless need be.  After the assessment, the team will bring Water Extraction equipment, Drying equipment, Odor Removal and Deodorization equipment, as well as all the Sanitization needed to remove any bacteria remaining from the water damage.

SERVPRO’s investment in high quality technology provided all the evidence you need to choose them for any damage you experience in your home, store, or building.  The priority during the restoration process is not just quality, but speed.  A speedy process is easier when using the newest technology.  Dependent upon the area of the space affected, the appropriate quantity of equipment will arrive at the site promptly, saving you time and money.  Water damage is an overwhelming situation to deal with, which no company understands better than SERVPRO.

Contact us today.  We are Here To Help!  248-439-1160

Reminder: Hygiene Reminders During The Pandemic

1/19/2021 (Permalink)


Across the nation and the world as a whole, the COVID-19 Virus is still the top headline.  We are at a point where our efforts need to be amped up because the stubborn virus hasn’t just disappeared.

During this time, it is extremely important to continue to be extra vigilant with personal hygiene and safety precautions.  Here are some reminding, but helpful tips to follow:

  • Frequently wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.  When soap and running water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Stay home when you have a fever or present a risk of spreading illness to others.
  • Maintain a proper social distance between people (6 feet).
  • Shaking hands and other forms of social greeting that creates contact with other people is discouraged during this period.

As always, SERVPRO of North Oakland County is here to help.  We can help minimize the transmission of emerging viral pathogens, including COVID-19.  Our team has been proactively cleaning Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills & Troy, MI businesses and homes since the virus reached Michigan last year.  For more information, please call us at 248-439-1160.

Winter Weather 101: Stay Alert

12/30/2020 (Permalink)

Brutal Winter Weather in Michigan Always Be Prepared For Michigan Winter Weather

We are now 10 days into winter here in Metro Detroit, and it’s usually a long brutal season.  As we all know, we have dealt with many harsh winters in the past, such as the polar vortex back in 2014.  With how 2020 is going, one never knows what is going to be thrown at us next.  With that being said, we should all take steps and be ready to take on winter our Michigan winter weather.

To start, let’s know some winter terminology brought to you by the National Weather Service.  Winter Storm Products - We have all heard words like “warning”, “watch”, and “advisory”. We hear these things from our meteorologist, on the radio, and even from our peers. We all chat about the weather but what do these things actually mean? The National Weather Service has given us a list with some definitions:

Winter Storm WARNING: Snow, sleet, or ice are expected.  Take Action!

Winter Storm WATCH: Snow, Sleet, or ice is possible.  Be Prepared.

Winter Weather Advisory: Wintery weather is expected.  Exercise Caution.

Freezing Rain: Rain that freezes when it hits the ground; creating a coating of ice on road, walkways, trees, and power lines.

Sleet: Rain that turns into ice pellets before reaching the ground.  Sleet also causes moisture on the roads to freeze and become dangerously slippery.

For more information about winter storms, visit The National Weather Service.

The National Weather Service and the CDC are great resources to find how to prepare for many types of weather-related storms.  When disaster does strike, please know we are here to help around the clock.  Cold weather, snow, and ice storms can cause severe damage to your Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills or Troy, MI home or business.  When these types of disasters strike, you must immediate action is necessary to prevent additional damage to your property.  We have the winter storm experience, expertise, and the resources to remediate damage caused by winter weather to help make it “Like it never even happened.”  

Call us today 248-439-1160

As The Flu Season Approaches With COVID-19 Still Around, Here Are Some Things That May Help

10/21/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Trucks Here to help.

The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged all Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, and Troy, MI business owners and homeowners alike to find ways to live and work without exposing themselves or others to this highly contagious virus.  Now, here in Metro Detroit, the approaching flu season is set to complicate that challenge even further.  To help control the threat that the one-two punch of COVID-19 and the seasonal flu presents, SERVPRO of North Oakland County urges everyone to be extra vigilant about following cleaning and disinfecting protocols this year. 

Scientists at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) believes both COVID-19 and the seasonal flu spread primarily by droplets made when infected people cough, sneeze, or talk.  While not as frequent, it is also believed adults and children can contract COVID-19 or the flu by touching a surface or an object that has virus particles on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or eyes.  The CDC continues to recommend a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses, but experts also emphasize the importance of cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces daily to help mitigate the potential spread from contaminated surfaces.  This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.

To limit exposure and control the spread of these double threats, SERVPRO recommends you wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use a hand sanitizer that is at least 60 percent alcohol, keep your hands away from your face, and wear a mask to protect others.  For effective daily, routine cleaning at home or at work, we recommend first removing surface grime and dirt with soap and water, then following up with a disinfectant. It is easier to feel comfortable about limiting exposure at home where you can control how clean your surroundings are.  It is more difficult out in public; but this year especially, it is important to be aware of the space you are in.  You need to learn to recognize spaces where cleaning is – or is not – a priority so you can adjust your behavior accordingly.

For those home and business owners who have specialized cleaning requirements or who simply want the peace of mind that a professional cleaning service can offer in this stressful time, SERVPRO of North Oakland County can help.  While we remain a leader in disaster cleanup and remediation situations, we also provide that same ‘deeper level of clean’ for everyday residential and commercial cleaning. 

In addition, SERVPRO offers our "Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned" program, developed for businesses in response to the pandemic.  The high level of confidence that a professionally cleaned space provides offers welcome reassurance to patrons as the flu season intersects with COVID-19.

SERVPRO specializes in disaster restoration, cleanup, and repair services, helping to remediate damage, making it “Like it never even happened,” for both commercial and residential customers.  For more information on SERVPRO of North Oakland County please call 248-439-1160.  For more information on the "Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned" program, please click here.

Have You Prepared Your Vacation Property For Winter?

9/10/2020 (Permalink)

Be prepared.  Disasters can happen anytime. Get Ready For Winter!

Now that Summer is sadly coming to an end here in Michigan, it is time to start preparing your vacation property for colder weather.

If you haven’t closed up for the Winter months yet and have a few more trips up North or around Metro Detroit, don’t forget to do a quick inspection of your property to ensure you are ready to leave.  Turn off the water main, and drain the existing water from sinks, toilets, and outdoor spigots.  Once the water main is switched off, turn on faucets, spigots, and flush toilets until water no longer flows out.  Also, check the following:

  • Pipes under every sink.
  • Water heater.
  • Seals around windows (in case it rains).
  • Appliance hoses: washing machine, dishwasher, and ice maker.
  • Sump pump.  Dump a bucket of water into the sump pump to ensure it is working. Make sure to listen to its motor running as well.
  • Toilet tanks.  Look for cracks that may worsen and leak while you are gone.

Give a set of keys to a trusted family member, friend, or neighbor and have them check on your property periodically while you are gone.  The amount of times they should check in depends on the length of your trip, but it should be at least twice a week.  Once water damage occurs, letting it stagnate for days at a time can multiply the cleanup costs tremendously.  Show your house sitter all bathrooms, where the water main is, and other areas at risk of water damage.  Leaving a check list for them will make sure they do not miss any subtle leaks or moisture.

Leave heating and cooling systems running as normal.  This allows air flow through your home and prevent humidity from building up.  They also will keep pipes from freezing if there is a sudden temperature drop one night, which is more of a risk during the Fall and Winter months than during the Summer.

If you happen to have any type of water damage during your time away, we are always here to help!  We are available 24/7 so that when a disaster strikes, we have your back.  We quickly extract the water and then dry your property using state-of-the-art equipment.  Contact us anytime - 248-439-1160.

Do You Have An Emergency Plan?

9/3/2020 (Permalink)

National Preparedness Month Disasters Do Not Wait! Make Your Plan Today!

Here in Troy, MI and all around Metro Detroit, it’s never too early to start an Emergency Preparedness Plan.  Your family may not be together if a disaster strikes, so it is important to know which types of disasters could affect your area.  Know how you will contact one another and reconnect if separated.  Establish a family meeting place that is familiar and easy to find.

Step 1: Put a plan together by discussing the questions below with your family, friends, or household to start your emergency plan.

  1. How will I receive emergency alerts and warnings?
  2. What is my shelter plan?
  3. What is my evacuation route?
  4. What is my family/household communication plan?
  5. Do I need to update my emergency preparedness kit?
  6. Check with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and update my emergency plans due to COVID-19.
  7. Get ample face coverings for everyone over 2 years old, and plenty of disinfectants.
  8. Make sure your sheltering plan is intact.

Step 2:  Consider specific needs in your household.

As you prepare your plan, tailor your plans and supplies to your specific daily living needs and responsibilities.  Discuss your needs and responsibilities and how people in the network can assist each other with communication, care of children, business, pets, or specific needs like operating medical equipment.  Create your own personal network for specific areas where you need assistance.  Keep in mind some these factors when developing your plan:

  • Different ages of members within your household
  • Responsibilities for assisting others
  • Locations frequented
  • Dietary needs
  • Medical needs including prescriptions and equipment
  • Disabilities or access and functional needs including devices and equipment
  • Languages spoken
  • Cultural and religious considerations
  • Pets or service animals
  • Households with school-aged children

Step 3: Fill out a Family Emergency PlanDownload and fill out a family emergency plan or use it as a guide to create your own.

Emergency Plan for Parents (PDF)

For more information on how to make a plan for you and your family, visit

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned - the best defensive cleaning program

5/28/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO’s Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned Table Tent Our exclusive defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.

Let us help you get back to business

As our Troy, Bloomfield Hills, and Birmingham, MI businesses re-open, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning.  By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. 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 hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of North Oakland County today for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation!  248-439-1160

It’s Now Time. 30 More Days To Squash This Beast

3/31/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Logo Like it never even happened.

The surge is coming and it’s hitting all of Metro Detroit including, Troy, Beverly Hills, Birmingham, Bingham Farms, Bloomfield Hills, Clawson, and Madison Heights.  Please abide by these social distancing guidelines so we can conquer this awful, ruthless warrior of a virus, COVID-19.

We understand that it’s extremely important to have a specialized cleaning done properly and by a professional virus remediation company before returning to work.  We’ve been helping out many businesses in need right now.  

SERVPRO of North Oakland County is here for you and your business.  We are here to help.  Please call us today. 248-439-1160

We are Here to Help® Your Business & Home

3/30/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of North Oakland County offers cleaning services including the removal of bio-hazard contaminants.  We have the specialized training and products to get your property back to business.

The COVID-19 Pandemic is serious and everyone needs to take action.  We're all in this together and we need to fight this battle as a TEAM!  SERVPRO is being called on by numerous businesses and community leaders to perform the necessary bio-remediation services to clean, disinfect and sanitize their properties.  All of our cleanup practices are in accordance with the guidelines provided by the CDC and local authorities.  If you are interested in inquiring about our services we’re here to help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week, while life gets back to normal in our metro Detroit communities, we all call home.

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

SERVPRO can respond quickly and effectively to help minimize business interruption to your company.

We are uniquely prepared during this unprecedented time to clean and disinfect your business or home according to the protocols set forth by the CDC.  We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and tables at a minimum. These same surfaces are mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces as well.

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.

Call SERVPRO of North Oakland County today.  We are… Here to Help®. 248-439-1160.

Flattening The Curve

3/17/2020 (Permalink)

This Virus Is Serious We’re Here To Help!

This is an unprecedented time in our lives and for our Country.  Please remember that this Health Emergency is really happening and it’s not some online hoax or fad.  We’re all in the same boat and the only way to conquer this COVID-19 Virus is to play as a team.  This is important so please take a look if you have time.

15 Days To Slow The Spread

Know How it Spreads 

  • There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
  • The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
  • The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
  • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

Take steps to protect yourself

Clean your hands often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

As always, SERVPRO of North Oakland County is here to help. With the continuous spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), time is the upmost priority. We can help minimize the transmission of emerging viral pathogens, including COVID-19. For more information, please call us at 248-439-1160.

SERVPRO® Of North Oakland County is trained to adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitization standards.

3/12/2020 (Permalink)

Art Designed Photo of COVID-19 Virus We are here to help!

SERVPRO® of North Oakland County offers cleaning services including the removal of biohazard contaminants. We have the specialized training and products to get your property back to business.

About Coronavirus

The CDC is responding to an outbreak of a respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and has spread to 60 locations internationally (as of this publication), including cases in the United States. The virus known as “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”)i is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person or through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes.  It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

Scope of Cleanup Protocol 

SERVPRO of North Oakland County can perform a proactive cleanup that involves facility or structure cleaning and disinfection where the customer states that there is no active known threat of COVID-19 contamination or exposure.  The customer will be required to acknowledge that cleaning and disinfecting will only apply to the current state of the structure and contents.  The structure would not be protected from future COVID-19 contamination if an infected person was to enter and occupy the building.

Cleanup Scope of Work and Planning 

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and tables at a minimum. These same surfaces are mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces as well, including:  

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving and Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Cleanup and Disinfecting Procedures

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.  

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar type organisms to COVID-19. 

SERVPROXIDE™, SERVPRO’s proprietary disinfectant, is a hospital-grade disinfectant that has demonstrated effectiveness against viruses similar to COVID-19 on hard, non-porous surfaces. Currently there are no disinfectants that have been tested specifically for this particular emerging viral pathogen. However, per the CDC, this product can be used against COVID-19.  In addition, 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™.

Emergency Service 24 Hours A Day

1/23/2020 (Permalink)

We're Available 24 Hours A Day, 7 Days A Week We're Here For You 24/7, 365!

Is water where it’s not supposed to be in your Bloomfield Hills, MI home or business?  This is not a situation that can wait.  Immediate mitigation services are definitely needed.  Our dedicated technicians at SERVPRO of North Oakland County are ready 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help.  You can expect a fast response and quick action.

A speedy response reduces the migration of the water.  That in turn reduces the amount of moisture absorbed by materials and contents in the affected area.  These fast actions reduce the drying time, lessen the need for demolition, and keep costs lower.  We want to make sure you feel “Like it never even happened.”

Faster to Any Size Emergency

In many cleaning and restoration situations, immediate action is needed.  With over 1,700 U.S. and Canadian Franchise locations, SERVPRO is strategically positioned to be faster to any size emergency.  An immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Water is particularly invasive, quickly spreading throughout your property and being absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, etc.  SERVPRO of North Oakland County arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately.

We Strive For Excellent Customer Service At SERVPRO of North Oakland County

1/23/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Trucks Ready For Service We Are Always Ready To Help And Strive For Excellence

Being in the field service industry, we understand that our technicians, visiting the home or business property of our customers, are often our company’s first impression to our customers.  And, we all know that we only get one chance at making a good first impression!

That is why, at SERVPRO of North Oakland County, we place very high expectations on our technicians.  We want them to take pride in their work, their appearance and the relationships that they build with our customers.

What to Expect from a SERVPRO of North Oakland County Crew Member

When you contact SERVPRO of North Oakland County for water, fire or mold restoration services, our technicians will arrive promptly to begin service.  They will be dressed professionally in SERVPRO branded gear and will be driving our SERVPRO branded vehicles.  They will have open lines of communication, letting you know when to expect them and how long they estimate your project will take to complete.  They will clearly explain the restoration process and answer any questions you may have regarding the process.  Upon project completion, they will make sure that you’re satisfied with the results and ask for any recommendations as to how they can improve their service for future customers.  We are always striving to improve!

So when you contact SERVPRO of North Oakland County, you can relax knowing that great customer service is our top priority!  We value our customers and our hope is to always make every impression a great one!

What You Can Do While You Wait

7/25/2019 (Permalink)

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Last weekend some serious storms made its way through Clawson, Madison Heights, Birmingham and Troy, that brought heavy rains, hail and damaging winds.  Thousands across the area have lost power and have experienced flooded basements, crawl spaces, fallen trees on homes and businesses.  Water damage during these storms can impact your home or business if it’s not addressed quickly.

Luckily, we here at SERVPRO of North Oakland County have the tools and people-power to address your needs as quickly as possible.  However, since we cannot get to everyone at the same time, we can offer tips and measures to take while you wait for help to arrive.

What To Do Until Help Arrives:

  • Shut off the source of water is possible.
  • Turn off circuit breakers when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock.
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop up wet cushions for even drying.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Remove and store in a dry area, any paintings, antiques, PC’s, tablets, important documents and other materials that are valuable or sensitive to moisture.
  • Use wooden clothespins to keep furniture skirting off damp floors.
  • Hang draperies with coated hangers to avoid contact with wet carpeting or floors.
  • Hang furs and leather goods to dry separately at room temperature.

SERVPRO of North Oakland County will get there as fast as possible and take care of your water damage needs.  In the meantime, please take the above steps to help save your affected furniture and personal items.

Are Storm Damages Something You Can Write Off?

7/24/2019 (Permalink)

Business owners must think of innovative ways to meet customer demands.  There is, however, one variable that can throw a monkey wrench into the workings of any company: severe weather. As you probably know, storms and other natural disasters can bring your Bloomfield Hills, Birmingham, or Troy, MI Company to a standstill.  If your business has sustained storm damage, you may be able to deduct some of it on your annual tax return.

Determine the Source of Your Business Damage

To know whether damage to your Oakland County, MI business is tax deductible, you must first determine the source of the damage.  Damage from the following types of natural disasters is often deductible:

  • Thunderstorms
  • Hurricanes
  • Tornadoes
  • Floods
  • Earthquakes
  • Blizzards

When determining whether damage is caused by a storm, you must look for sources of other possible damage.  For example, failure to properly maintain your business before the storm hit may render your organization ineligible to list it as a deductible expense.

Consider Whether Your Insurance Policy Covered the Damage

The next part of the analysis involves your insurance.  If your commercial policy covered storm damage, you likely cannot deduct it on your tax filing.  If, on the other hand, your insurer did not pay for the damage, you may be able to list it as a deduction.  You can also usually list the difference between actual damage and the amount your insurer paid as a deduction.  If you failed to file an insurance claim that would have otherwise been covered, you are probably ineligible to claim the damage as a deduction, though.

Virtually all business eventually sustains some type of storm damage.  While relying on insurance to help control costs is a good idea, you must have a full-throttled strategy to ensure business continuity.  Restoration companies like SERVPRO of North Oakland County can likely help return your company to its pre-storm condition.  Then, you may be able to deduct some storm-related expenses on your business tax return.  Please call 248-439-1160.

What To Do About Smoke Damage And Odors After A Fire

1/11/2019 (Permalink)

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If your business in North Oakland County, MI has been affected by a fire, not all of the damage was a result of the flames. In addition to repairing burned spaces and equipment, soot and smoke cleaning will be a major part of returning your business to full operational capacity. Identifying all of the damage as soon as possible will make it easier for you to get back to business faster.

Identify Fire and Smoke Issues

Smoke damage affects many different areas of your business, and smoke odor can linger if you don't identify all of the destroyed areas where offensive aromas occur and can be trapped. Make sure to address large and small areas of your office spaces:

  • Exterior and interior windows and doors stained by smoke
  • Carpets, curtains, furniture and soft surfaces that retain odors
  • White boards, projection screens, speakers and other multimedia components that can become discolored in a fire
  • Structural walls, ceilings and cubicle walls made of porous materials that can retain smells
  • Hardcopy records, manuals, training materials and paper files that can trap acrid air in cabinets and closets

Surfaces Can Be Cleaned and Restored

Once materials and structures that have been damaged are removed from your facility, repairs and renovations can begin. Wood, glass and metal hard surfaces can be sanitized and restored with proper smoke cleaning. Smoke damage in fabric, woven and permeable soft surfaces can be addressed with cleaning equipment that removes the dirt and soot and then cleanses the surface. Air and residual smells can be addressed by placing equipment such as ozone machines, air filtration devices and thermal foggers that target smoke odor in strategic places throughout the affected spaces.

By identifying all of the fire, smoke, and odor damage as soon as possible after firefighters have extinguished the flames, you can be better prepared when it's time for you to call a professional smoke cleaning company for your business in North Oakland County, MI.

Preventing Ice Dams On Your Home

12/28/2018 (Permalink)

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Every year Michiganders deal with an excessive amount of snow and cold temperatures that take a toll on your property. When the snow falls the last thing that you think about are ice dams that form on your home and the damage that they can cause. With some steps of prevention and things to look for you can save a lot of headache and money this winter season.

Things to look for when you suspect you have an ice dam problem:

  • You see icicles forming behind the gutter
  • Ice or water starts to form on the siding or around windows
  • Ice begins to build on top of the gutters or lower edge of roof
  • You see icicles forming on the edge of your roof this can be with or without gutters
  • Ice begins coming through the soffit vents or through the soffit itself.
  • You can scrape snow from the roof whenever it falls, using a snow rake or a broom or plastic shovel. Keeping the access snow from building up on the edge of the roof.
  • Heated cables are another prevention tip for ice dams. Attached with clips along the roof's edge in a zigzag pattern, heated cables combat ice dams that lift shingles and cause leaks

These simple tips and things to look for will make it easier to know what the next steps are when dealing with water leaks in your home. Prevention is the key focus but sometimes the damage is done to the home and you need help cleaning up the water that made its way in from your roof and that’s where SERVPRO of North Oakland County comes in and helps you make it "Like it never even happened."

About SERVPRO of North Oakland County

SERVPRO of North Oakland County 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.

If you need help with cleaning up after water damage in your home, call the Professionals at SERVPRO of North Oakland County - 24/7  248-439-1160.

Avoiding Disasters Each Winter

12/28/2018 (Permalink)

The winter season is final here and with it comes shorter days and lower temperatures.  No matter where you live, winter brings a change in the weather. Many people use alternative heat sources like fireplaces, portable space heaters, and wood burning stoves to help keep homes warm. Did you know, heating equipment is a leading cause of home fire deaths?  According to the National Fire Protection Association, heating equipment fires cause an estimated $1 billion in direct property damage annually. Keep the following safety tips in mind to help reduce your risk of heating-related fires in your home the winter season.

  • Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container. Keep the container a safe distance away from your home.
  • Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
  • Keep anything flammable at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or a portable space heater. Have a three foot “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heater
  • Test smoke alarms monthly
  • Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.

Source: National Fire Protection Association

About SERVPRO of North Oakland County

SERVPRO of North Oakland County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a storm damage, fire, and 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.

If you need help with cleaning up after a fire damage event, please call us 24/7 at 248-439-1160

When It Comes To MOLD... SERVPRO is THE Choice!

12/28/2018 (Permalink)

Even if you are a clean person, that doesn’t guarantee that you won’t have an issue with mold. Unfortunately, mold, like bed bugs, doesn’t care about your level of cleanliness, level of income, or where you went to college. Anyone can have a mold problem in their home or business at any time.

The scary thing is that mold can be growing for quite a while before it becomes noticeable; your professional at SERVPRO of North Oakland County has compiled this handy list of some do's and don’ts you should follow when it comes to mold removal:

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  • Examine your home or business regularly. Most types of mold share some obvious warning signs. For example, a musty smell in a damp basement usually means there’s mold around. Black, gray, brown, or even white clusters of mold on walls, carpeting or flooring are easy to spot with the naked eye. Be observant about your home and check it regularly for mold.
  • Call us 24/7 -  248-439-1160 A professional can determine which type of mold you might have, where it originates from, and how to safely perform mold removal.


  • Try the DIY approach. Because some molds are toxic to pets and humans, it’s not safe to tackle this problem on your own. The money you think you might save by DIY-ing this isn’t worth your health.
  • Wait. Mold can grow quickly and can be dangerous. If you suspect a problem, call it in ASAP!
  • Make the mold feel unwelcome. Mold likes the darkness and warm, moist air. Don’t roll out the red carpet with their favorite things! Fix the leaks, install dehumidifiers and don’t ignore the warning signs of more mold growth.

For more mold do's and don’ts, contact our trusted mold removal professionals at SERVPRO of North Oakland County today.  248-439-1160