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Batter Up!

9/8/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of Carleton/Maybee is a proud sponsor of the Flat Rock Area Little League Baseball Association.  Located in Flat Rock, MI, we are always looking for ways to support the local communities  in which we work and live. As a family oriented business supporting local youth programs is one of our top priorities.  In this most difficult year of uncertainty, we were overjoyed that these little ones got to have a sliver of normalcy with their baseball season.  Local schools and organizations are always looking for sponsors to help financially support their goals and activities for the youth and we here at SERVPRO of Carleton/Maybee are ready and willing to provide assistance.  Available 24/7, we're Here in your community and Here to Help You!

Escape Plan

9/8/2020 (Permalink)

4 Must- Have Items In Your Emergency Escape Plan

Fire escape plans are essential for any business, not only for the safety of your employees but also for those who come and go from the offices. Not having a strategy can cause confusion that can lead to unnecessary injuries and an increased amount of property damage. Include these four must-have items in your emergency escape plan.

1. Roles

Put together a chain of command. Delegate one person to take charge of the evacuation plan from start to finish. Pick individuals to escort employees, customers and contractors from the building to a pre-planned meeting area. Others to include in the emergency escape plan are those in charge of the shutdown of utilities and those who aid disabled or injured people.

2. Evacuation Routes

Design a map showing all evacuation routes. Due to the drills you have, your employees will know where all the exit doors are; however, customers and contractors who are not familiar with the building need a map that is easy to read. Several websites have templates for devising a fire escape plan.

3. Headcount

Choose someone to keep a headcount of everyone exiting the building. As part of your business, if applicable, use a sign-in sheet to keep track of people going in and out of your offices. The person in charge of the headcount can utilize the sign-in sheet and check off those accounted for.

4. Employee Training and Drills

After putting together the fire escape plan, it’s time for the drills. Practice at least twice a year, preferably more. Include medical preparation as part of the exercise. The American Red Cross provides training and certification classes in basic first aid and CPR for businesses and organizations.
It is ultimately your job to ensure the safety and well-being of those in the building. A fire escape plan can make your staff more confident they can get themselves and others out of a dangerous situation. A fire damage specialist is a great person to speak with to organize the best safety plan for your business.

Finally, contact SERVPRO of Carleton/Maybee to set up your Free Emergency Ready Profile at 734-299-7006.

Forgotten Causes of Commercial Water Damage

7/21/2020 (Permalink)

Business owners usually think commercial water damage is caused by floods, massive rains, and storms. That’s often true. Weather events, storms, and flooding do shut down businesses and create major water damage in commercial buildings. Unfortunately, many business owners, commercial space renters, and entrepreneurs don’t think about and try to prevent other typical causes of water damage.   

1. Sprinkler systems 

Some older office and retail buildings have outdated sprinkler systems that work in conjunction with fire protection systems. While sprinklers can come in handy during a fire emergency, they can also cause commercial flood damage if they are faulty, not well maintained, or in need of replacement. Many a time a poor sprinkler system has damaged commercial inventory and business assets and shut down business. Check your system to make sure that it’s not faulty or in need of repair or replacement.

2. Appliances and equipment 

Restaurants and catering businesses sometimes suffer water damage from their appliances or equipment. But any business that has appliances or equipment that use water could suffer water damage. If an appliance fails and spews water across your commercial building, especially during late hours when no one is around, you may come back to work and face a water damage emergency. 

3. Pipes and plumbing 

Just like in a residential home, the plumbing system in a commercial business can fail. A broken pipe or faulty plumbing can result in major water damage in just a few hours. 

4. Sewer lines 

Sewer backups are another cause of commercial water damage that often catches business owners by surprise. Should the sewer line to your building back up or become damaged, realize the potential dangers of contaminated black water which can cause health effects and ruin products and office furnishings. 

5. Water Heaters 

Water heaters in commercial buildings can crack or lose their seal because of high pressure. You want to make sure and follow the manufacturers guidelines and flush your water heater regularly to make sure it is working properly.

6. Roofing

One of the more obvious ways commercial buildings suffer water damage is through an old or leaky roof. Inspect the roof frequently (at least every six months) to make sure it does not need to be reseal and to be sure it drains properly. Even small leaks should be fixed immediately.

If your commercial business experiences any sort of water damage call the professionals at SERVPRO of Carleton/Maybee at 734-299-7006.

SERVPRO Storm Response

7/21/2020 (Permalink)

When it comes to fire & water damage, or specialty cleanup needs, it's the SERVPRO brand that comes to mind. Our TEAMS work endlessly to make sure our customers are happy, and have one objective in the aftermath of disaster, to make their loss "Like it never even happened." 

No matter the job size, our SERVPRO teams are ready to handle any size loss. With 1,700+ franchises nationwide, we have access to numerous highly trained personnel and thousands of pieces of equipment. Our SERVPRO Disaster Recovery teams are strategically placed throughout the country to respond when needed. Our Teams have a proven track record for success, assisting with cleanup of floods, tornadoes, wildfires, and damage caused from frigid temperatures. 

Whether it’s a major storm event, or faulty appliance, we will be there with one call.

SERVPRO of Carleton/Maybee 734-299-7006

Three Reasons Why Your Toilet is Leaking

7/21/2020 (Permalink)

A leaking toilet can be a major nuisance, especially when the underlying cause is unknown. If your home has a bathroom leak that goes untreated, the resulting damage can be costly. The following are three possible reasons why your toilet leaks with every flush.

1. Malfunctioning Wax Ring

A common cause of this type of leak is failure of the wax seal underneath the toilet. When working properly, the wax ring functions as a barrier between the toilet and floor flange to keep water from seeping out. When this wax seal is malfunctioning, it could be that the wax has become dry over time and no longer functions as a barrier, or that the seal was improperly installed with the toilet.

2. Broken Tank Flange

Another potential cause of a leaking toilet is a broken tank flange. If the flange is not properly installed, it can shift out of place and crack under pressure. Because your toilet is a relatively high-traffic area of your home, even a small crack in a tank flange can quickly become a cause for concern and require replacement.

3. Loose Tank

Bathroom leaks that are not pooling on the floor near the base of the toilet can sometimes be traced back to the tank itself. If your toilet is leaking from the tank, but you see no obvious cracks or damage through which water might escape, your tank might just be loose. The connection between the tank and the rest of the toilet can become loose over time and will most likely cost less to repair than to replace entirely.

A leaking toilet can be a headache to deal with on your own. Hiring the professionals at SERVPRO of Carleton/Maybee can help fix existing issues and minimize costly water damage in your bathroom to make it seem "Like it never even happened."

Water Damage Do's and Dont's

7/21/2020 (Permalink)

No one wants to come home to a flooded basement or to wake up to the sound of a broken pipe spraying water on valuable furniture and household possessions. However, the possibility of water damage occurring in your business or home is very real. Whether it is a pipe burst or a weather-related issue, it is important to arm yourself with some basic knowledge to deal with this type of emergency before it happens.

Here are a few tips to help in the event of water damage :

  • First, ascertain whether it safe to stay in the house.
  • Make sure there are no active electrical devices or outlets immersed in or near the water.
  • Note that wet floors are slippery and “slip and fall” hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Keep in mind that wet materials can be VERY heavy.
  • Have your plumber’s phone number ready and available.
  • Contact your SERVPRO Professional at 734-299-7006 for complete restoration.

While waiting for your SERVPRO Professional to reach your location, here is what you CAN do:

  • Shut off the water
  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air condition on for maximum drying in the Summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects and other prized possessions to a safe, dry place
  • Gather loose items from floors.

What NOT to do After Flooding:

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.

When Water Damage is Left Untreated

7/21/2020 (Permalink)

Quick action and response after a water catastrophe is crucial. Flood waters and water catastrophes are very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and business.  The water gets absorbed into the flooring, the walls, the furniture, and more. SERVPRO of Carleton/Maybee gets there fast and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Water Damage Destruction Timeline

Within a few Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishing may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

 The First 24 Hours

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

 48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

 More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and bio-hazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for anyone so call SERVPRO of Carleton/Maybee at 734-299-7006.

How Do I Protect My Downriver Business After a Water loss?

7/17/2020 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO to Rid Your Downriver Business of Water Damage

Pipe breaks never seem to happen in the open, at a convenient time on a Tuesday. They always seem to be overnight on a weekend or about an hour after the store closes and no one is around. 

What Exactly Is Water Mitigation?

Water mitigation means reducing the severity of a water spill as quickly as possible. SERVPRO response teams can begin removing water and restoring your tux and formal dress shop within minutes after arriving in the parking lot.

What is the First Thing Team Members Do?

Our first task is to get the water out of your shop. Our teams usually begin with large pumps, but for a smaller operation, we begin with extraction wands. These devices work exceptionally well on concrete and wood floors, as well as commercial carpets. Water removal takes several days to a week for most stores.

There is still moisture in the air and trapped in carpets though. To finish the task and bring the inside humidity to a normal level again, our technicians use a combination of exhaust fans, dehumidifiers, and air movers.

Is There Anything I Can Do When It Comes to Mitigation?

Yes, absolutely! Even with our rapid response team, SERVPRO technicians still arrive an hour or more after someone notices the problem. Owners and employees can perform these tasks:

  • Shut-off the water. Every building has a cut-off valve or switch. If you can’t find it, call the Water Department immediately to do it for you.
  • Open the doors and windows. This allows water to drain out of the store and increases airflow to improve the rate of evaporation. 

Both actions help prepare your business for our response team but remember safety first. If there is any risk of being inside, wait for our team leader to help assess the situation.

To schedule a service call, contact SERVPRO of Carleton/Maybee today at 734-299-7006.

SERVPRO Offers a Professional Approach to Crime Scene and Biohazard Cleanup

7/17/2020 (Permalink)

The aftermath of a crime needs cleanup to help bring a home or business back to normal. When something as difficult as a crime occurs that causes a biohazard situation, only specially trained disaster restoration company technicians are certified to complete this necessary cleanup job. SERVPRO offers this critical service in our community.

What to do after a crime occurs with biohazard repercussions


It is overwhelming for a homeowner when traumatic event occurred in your home. As the authorities depart from the crime scene there may be a biohazard situation that still needs to be addressed. It’s important to arrange for a biohazardous cleanup of your home. SERVPRO’s trauma and crime scene cleanup division can assist with this task, following all federal, state, and local rules to keep both residents and work crew members safe until the job is complete. If an injury or death occurred, there might be blood and other bodily fluids and tissues, potentially containing bloodborne pathogens. The procedure used to clean and disinfect surfaces contaminated is prescribed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). SERVPRO ensures that all technicians responding to crime scene cleanup have the appropriate training and certifications. SERVPRO of Carleton/Maybee is well-versed in these procedures to ensure a thorough cleaning.
 

How biohazard cleaning is done


The decontamination of a home or business due to trauma, sewage backups, chemical spills, hoarding or other biohazards can be both dangerous and emotional. Specialized training and experience are key when choosing a cleanup company to resolve these circumstances.

We provide cleanup and recovery services for many biohazard situations. These include the following:

  • Crime scene residues
  • Suicide/death accidents
  • Homicide cleanups
  • Blood cleanup
  • Accident cleanup
  • Chemical spills
  • Tear gas cleanup
  • Meth lab cleanup

The SERVPRO crime scene teams manage this cleanup as well, taking care to leave your home as close to pre-crime as possible. Throughout any crime scene cleanup our employees demonstrate respect and empathy to those returning to the home. Compassionate and committed to doing their very best, crime scene technicians take pride in the services they offer you.
 
Should you experience a crime or other trauma in your home and need biohazard cleanup, contact SERVPRO of Carleton/Maybee at 734-299-7006.

Facts About Lightning

7/15/2020 (Permalink)

Flash of lightning in the sky When Lightning strikes!

During thunderstorms, many of us like to sit and watch the bright flashes of lightning. It can be peaceful just to watch and listen as lightning and thunder strikes with the smooth sound of rain in the background. Since we are in thunderstorm season, let's learn about lightning!

The National Geographic defines lightning as an electrical discharge caused by imbalances between storm clouds and the ground, or within the clouds themselves. Most of the time, lightning occurs within the clouds.  

Interesting facts you might not know about lightning:

  • Lightning creates heat hotter than the sun – Experts believe that lightning can be as hot as 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Lightning can strike the same place more than once – Tall buildings or areas with conducive topography can see numerous lightning strikes. For example, the Empire State Building has been reportedly struck by lightning around 23 times per year.
  • Lightning strikes multiple places at once – A single lightning bolt can strike more than one place at the same time. A videographer from Chicago once recorded a single lightning strike hitting the Willis Tower, Trump Tower and the John Hancock Building, three of city’s tallest buildings.
  • Lighting can be up to 90 miles long – Martin Uman, lightning researcher, detected lightning channels as long as 90 miles.
  • Florida experiences more lightning than any other state – Out of the top 15 counties in the United States with the most lightning strikes in 2018, 14 were in Florida.
  • Venezuela experiences more lightning more than anywhere – Lake Maracaibo holds the record for “highest concentration of lightning,” according to The Guinness Book of World Records.
  • More than 1 billion lightning strikes hit earth annually – The planet is hit by lightning an average of 1.4 billion times per year. If each of those strikes hit a person, humanity would come to an end in five years.
  • Thunder does not exist without lightning – Thunder is the sound of lightning, it is the noise created as air expands and contracts rapidly in the lightning’s resonating tube.
  • A lightning bolt can have up to a billion volts of electricity – This is about the same amount of power as 79.4 million car batteries.
  • Benjamin Franklin came up with lightning protection – Franklin came up with the idea of securing lightning rods to the tops of buildings to protect structures from the impact of lightning.

For more interesting facts about lightning, go to The National Geographic and BestLife.