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Supporting our community

7/29/2019 (Permalink)

Community Supporting our community Paula's House Annual Golf Outing 2019

SERVPRO of Carleton/Maybee is proud to be a supporter of Paula's House in Monroe County.  This non-profit organization is a long-term transition home for women in recovery and their children.  The primary goal of Paula's House is for women to live in a safe environment and face their addictions while living a sober lifestyle. Our very own marketing rep, Stephanie Callahan, is a member of the board of directors for Paula's House.  Here is a photo from a recent Golf Outing Fundraiser to benefit the homes.  SERVPRO of Carleton/Maybee strives to support the communities in which we work and live and this is just one example of our commitment to do so.  We're in Your community and we're Here to help you!

Mold damage after flooding: What you need to know

7/22/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold damage after flooding: What you need to know Mold damage in basement after flood.

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It's been a wet spring and summer this year in lower Southeastern MI and with the increase in temperatures this past week it is now more important the ever that homeowners and business owners alike be aware of mold and the proper precautions to take if mold spores are suspected.

Mold is all around us, and occurs naturally in our environment; floating through the air as tiny particles. Some types of mold can even be useful. For instance, penicillin, which has been used medically for over 70 years, and has saved millions of lives, is actually a product of mold.

Unfortunately though, all strains of mold are not as beneficial as penicillin, and exposure can cause health concerns, especially for the elderly, children, people with weakened immune systems, and for those with respiratory issues.

What to be on the lookout for:

  • If you have had a water loss in the past, or have evidence of moisture problems, you may be at risk
  • Visible presence of something that appears like it may be mold
  • Higher than normal humidity
  • Musty odor

What to do if you suspect mold

  • Turn off your HVAC and heat; air movement could cause the spores to spread
  • Do not touch or disturb what you suspect may be the presence of mold
  • Most importantly, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Carleton/Maybee at (734) 299-7006 to assess the situation

Are you ready?

7/17/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Are you ready? Delivering a completed ERP to local business.

SERVPRO of Carleton/Maybee supports local businesses in every way.  The most significant show of support is our effort to help local businesses prepare for emergency situations by offering a free Emergency Ready Profile.  When fire and water cleanup is needed, getting help is quicker and easier using the SERVPRO Ready Plan App.  The Ready Plan is an emergency preparedness tool for home and business owners, property managers, risk managers and facility management.  It allows for the creation of an Emergency Ready Profile containing critical facility information to help speed up response time in the event of an unexpected disaster.  Making sure your business is "Ready for whatever happens".  SERVPRO of Carleton/Maybee is here in your community and we are here to help you.

Pedal Level Pebble

4/8/2019 (Permalink)

Community Pedal Level Pebble And we're off!

SERVPRO of Carleton/Maybee is proud to support our Flat Rock Area Rotary in the annual Pedal Level Pebble!  Here is our very own marketing manager, Stephanie along with some of her family in the 1st Annual Flat Rock Rotary Pedal Level Pebble.  This annual fundraiser goes to help fund the local "shopping with heroes" event each year where less fortunate children are brought in to do Christmas shopping with local police officers and fire fighters.  Rotary is founded on the belief of service above self and works within the community to better the lives of it's residents and those in need worldwide.  SERVPRO of Carleton/Maybee is looking forward to the next annual Pedal Level Pebble.

Winter Storms and Frozen Pipes in Wayne County

11/9/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Winter Storms and Frozen Pipes in Wayne County When temperatures get too cold, sometimes pipes freeze, and if the pressure from the water expansion becomes to great, they can break.

Upon waking up and seeing the snow falling in mid November, it has become apparent that is is that time of year again. . . . 

The National Severe Storms Laboratory catagorizes a winter storm as having snow, freezing rain, or sleet.  As we are Michiganders, it is all too common for us to see any or all of these in a short period of time. 

When temperatures are frigid, and precipitation in in the forecast, that's when SERVPRO of Carleton/Maybee prepares for the flood of calls that they know are sure to come in. 

What Causes Pipes to Break?

A significant amount of winter storm damage occurs when pipes freeze and break.  When water freezes, it naturally expands, which causes pressure within the pipe, and can cause it to break.  Exposed pipes (quite often outside or under the home) are the most likely to experience this, however pipes within your home that do not have access to heat may be vulnerable as well (pipes underneath your kitchen cabinets or in your garage, for example).

How Can This Be Prevented?

  • Before temperatures reach freezing, check and make sure crawlspace vents are closed
  • Make sure exposed pipes are insulated and protected (this can be done fairly easily by wrapping them with pipe sleeves)
  • Keep the garage door closed to prevent cold air from coming in
  • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to encourage warm air circulation
  • In extreme low temperatures, leave faucet (especially hot water side) on at a slow drip
  • Keep the temperature in your home above 55 degrees Fahrenheit

If you or someone you know experiences an issue with winter storm damage or frozen pipes this winter, call SERVPRO of Carleton/Maybee at (734) 299-7006 

Why SERVPRO?

11/9/2018 (Permalink)

Unlike a lot of nationally known companies, SERVPRO is a franchise system, which means that although roughly about 1700 of us all across the country share a name, each is individually owned and operated, truly making us a local business.

Here at SERVPRO of Carleton/Maybee, we are not just a local sign on the door; we do our very best to make a difference and help out in the community.  From being an active member in the Southern Wayne County Regional Chamber of Commerce and local Rotary Club, sponsoring local school events, to volunteering in our local business group to put on the annual Easter Egg hunt, Spooktacular Halloween event, and multiple trunk or treats throughout several cities, we love hanging out with other members of the community!

One of the most recent things we have been really excited about starting is our fire care package bags.  By partnering with several of our local fire departments, we have put together a small bag of amenities to be handed out to fire victims in ours and surrounding cities.  These care packages are made with both adults and children in mind, and include essentials such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, first aid kit, teddy bear, coloring activity book and crayons, just to name a few.

When you call SERVPRO of Carleton/Maybee, even  for the simplest of carpet cleanings, know that you are supporting a local business that loves giving back and trying to make a positive difference.

If you or your business is interested in donating items for our fire care packages, please call the office at (734) 299-7006.

Fire Damage in Your Flat Rock, MI Business

11/9/2018 (Permalink)

A fire in your business, regardless of the size, can be overwhelming and difficult to deal with.  If this happens, you want to regain control as quickly as possible to avoid disruptions in your business, and minimize the time that you have to be closed, and therefore losing income essential to your company’s survival.  

Specifically trained in the cleanup and care of your business and equipment, SERVPRO of Carleton/Maybee will arrive on site within hours of the loss to begin mitigation services.  We understand that timely response could prevent business closure and revenue loss, and our goal is to get you back to normal and “like it never even happened” as fast as physically possible. 

Communicating the extent of damage, indicating how the damage may be handled and providing reassurance are just some of the initial steps taken to help begin the restoration process.  Rest assured, your business and your belongings are in good hands.

SERVPRO of Carleton/Maybee is available and on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to help get you back up and running.  Call us today at (734) 299-7006 if you have had a fire and need help or have questions on the fire restoration process.

Tips for Standing Water in Monroe County

10/5/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Tips for Standing Water in Monroe County SERVPRO of Carleton/Maybee offers tips on dealing with flood water

A flood doesn't end once the storm stops.  We still have to deal with all the standing water that is left behind.  Most people don't realize, but flood water can take up to 11 days to disappear; it's not time to relax and go fishing. 

If you have to evacuate your office, do not go back until you have been told it is safe. 

Be careful driving in Monroe County.  Remember to "Go around. Don't drown!"  The water may be too deep for safe travel. 

Floods are not natural swimming pools

  • Sewage, debris, and other unpleasant things may be in the storm water leftovers
  • Swimming, wading, or rafting could make you sick
  • Do not drink the water under any circumstances! 
  • Water conducts electricity.  Underground power lines can give you a dangerous shock that could result in severe injury or even death

Flood waters vs. Animals in Monroe County

  • Snakes and other animals may get into your building.  Wear work boots and heavy gloves when you are cleaning up from flood waters
  • Some animals may find your office a cozy place to live, so be alert
  • If tap water is unsafe for you to drink, it is also unsafe for your pets

Links: 

https://www.ready.gov/floods

https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/emergency/extreme-weather/floods-standingwater.html

Mold in Your Home or Rental Property

10/5/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold in Your Home or Rental Property The professionals at SERVPRO of Carleton/Maybee are licensed in mold remediation, and are ready to tackle the problem!

The Truth About Mold

Mold:

  • grows from mold spores
    • spores are too small to see unaided
    • spores can survive harsh environments for many years
  • can grow almost anywhere
  • needs to have only
    • above-freezing temperatures
    • protein, such as animal dander, skin cells, wood, plaster, or carpet
    • moisture (high humidity is enough)
  • grows rapidly
  • damages and can even ruin property
  • has a bad smell
  • is unsightly (and can come in many different colors)

If you have a small amount of mold on a dish, for example, you can clean it.  You can even throw the dish away. 

However, if you have a large amount of mold, you need licensed mold remediation.  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines a "large amount" as an area of 10 square feet or more. 

SERVPRO of Carleton/Maybee is licensed in the mold remediation process, and is qualified for even the worst of mold situations. 

If you see or smell anything that may lead you to  believe that you may have mold in your home, please contact the mold professionals at SERVPRO of Carleton/Maybee at (734) 299-7006.  If you are in a rental home, talk with your landlord if you suspect a problem to see if licensed professionals need to become involved. 

SERVPRO; Not Just a Disaster

9/21/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO SERVPRO; Not Just a Disaster Vacuuming is the most important step in the carpet cleaning process, removing up to 80% of soil.

When most people think about SERVPRO, they think about the television advertisements they see with the big green trucks and they think about water mitigation, fire clean up, and mold remediation.  But did you know that we also perform normal, non emergency cleaning and maintenance services too?

One of the most common services we offer on a non disaster basis is carpet cleaning.  Believe it or not, vacuuming is the most important step in the carpet cleaning process, removing up to 80% of soil, which is why this is standard procedure and our first step in the cleaning process.

When you contract SERVPRO of Carleton/Maybee to freshen up and clean your carpet, whether it be at your business or your home, know that you are receiving the absolute best in carpet cleaning service!

Our carpet cleaning includes an initial vacuuming and a hot water extraction and steam clean using 220 degree (Fahrenheit) water and 300 psi.  Deodorization is also standard, leaving your carpeting smelling fresh and clean.  Typically we have found that most stains are removed simply by using the steam cleaning process, but for stubborn stains, we have special SERVPRO cleaning products that will normally remove even the toughest of stains.    

Before your next family get together, or even when it is time for your annual spring cleaning, give SERVPRO of Carleton/Maybee a call at (734) 299-7006 for all of your cleaning and restoration needs.