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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.

Undpredictable Storm Damage

7/15/2020 (Permalink)

Bad weather can be unpredictable, and when it is, homes are at risk of suffering storm damage. The worry is that it’s often difficult to tell just how serious the damage is.

SERVPRO of Carleton/Maybee understands the process of water damage through the roof and has years of experience.

Homeowners often ignore what is seemingly minor damage, not knowing that it is actually causing major issues within the building’s structure. Remember, serious storm damage is not always immediately visible. It may seem like there’s nothing to worry about, but actually, mold growth and ceiling stains are very often signs of a more sinister problem.

Call Us Today at 734-299-7006

Schedule an appointment for us to come and take a look ASAP. If you wait for obvious signs of damage, you may be putting your entire home at risk. Moreover, if your roof or other structural elements have suffered storm damage, your insurance should cover the cost of repair and restoration.

SERVPRO of Carleton/Maybee is here in your community and here to help. We also offer 24/7 emergency home restoration services on mold, water, fire, smoke, and storm damage, as well as vandalism or any other disaster that may strike your home.

We are always ready to help and can handle any size job!

 

Commercial Loss

7/6/2020 (Permalink)

photo of machinery and controls in factory. Proactive cleaning at a 250,000 square foot galvanizing factory in Monroe, MI.

A fire, water, or mold related disaster is always unexpected and an inconvenience in your place of business.  Every hour spent mitigating the damage is an hour of lost productivity and revenue for the company.  At SERVPRO of Carleton/Maybee, we have the resources and expertise to give you excellent results in a timely manner.  SERVPRO can help with any commercial loss, including:

  • Small Office Buildings
  • Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Retirement Communities
  • Assisted Living Facilities
  • Hotels
  • Restaurants
  • Churches
  • Small Retail Stores
  • Large Retail Stores
  • Manufacturing and Industrial Facilities

As always, SERVPRO of Carleton/Maybee is prepared for any emergency you may have 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Call Us Today - 734-299-7006 to get your business back up and running.

Proactive Cleaning Done Right

6/26/2020 (Permalink)

photo of electrical room with many bottons Highly sensitive electrical room at galvanizing factory

At the onset of the COVID 19 Pandemic, many commercial facilities were scrambling to get their facilities sanitized and disinfected.  SERVPRO of Carleton/Maybee was happy to answer the call of this 250,000 square foot galvanizing plant in Monroe County to clean and sanitize to insure the safety and health of their workers.

With many highly sensitive electrical tools and mechanics throughout the plant, our highly trained SERVPRO technicians were able to delicately and thoroughly clean and disinfect all high traffic and high touch areas of the building as well as control areas.

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™.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned- a defensive cleaning program

6/8/2020 (Permalink)

Table tent signs describing the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program on top of a wooden table. Our 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 communities 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 Carleton/Maybee today at  734-299-7006 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

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

How Do Cleaning Experts Remove Flood Odors

6/1/2020 (Permalink)

Crawl space filled with water Flooded Crawl space after rainstorms.

If your building floods during a storm in Southeastern MI, your primary concern may be the damage caused to the building. The odor left behind can be an unpleasant side effect, though. Whether the smell is caused by mold growth or some other element, storm damage remediation experts can help you not only get rid of the flood waters and the damage they caused but also the funky stench that they brought along.

Possible Causes of Odor

Many different smells can assail your nose when you walk into your building after a storm. It may smell musty or rotten. There are many things that can cause bad odors when you have flood damage:

  • Large patches of mold
  • Sewage loss
  • Bacteria growth

After technicians identify the source or sources of the odor, they are better able to address them. They may use a series of tests and inspections to discover exactly where the foul stench originates.

Possible Solutions for Odor

If the problem causing the smell is mold growth, technicians will often start by taking care of it before they disinfect the rest of the space that has damage. Large infestations of mold have to be mitigated by professionals to make sure you get rid of all of it. Otherwise, it is likely to return. If your building has sewage, the whole area has to be disinfected to get rid of the microbes in the contaminated flood water. Getting rid of the issue causing the smell is often just the first step, though. Air purifiers with HEPA filters or pre-filters with activated charcoal may be needed to filter odor-causing bacteria and spores out of the air.
Whether the odor in your commercial building is caused by mold growth, sewage or some other element, certified technicians can help you get rid of it. If you are plagued by bad smells after a storm, it's a good idea to hire someone who can identify and remove the smell completely.

SERVPRO of Carleton/Maybee Gives Back to Our First Responders

5/11/2020 (Permalink)

person in hazmat suit cleaning ambulance SERVPRO of Carleton/Maybee disinfected City of Flat Rock police cruisers and emergency vehicles

Giving back is a core foundation that our company is built on; as is community. For as long as SERVPRO of Carleton/Maybee has been operating, we have always felt a strong sense of belonging in the Downriver area. Like many small businesses, we depend on the positive experiences of our customers and support of the community.  

In the past two months, community has never been more important in many parts of our country. We have all had to stand strong together to combat the turmoil and uncertainty felt among us. We have witnessed this strength through our friends, family, essential workers and Frontliners. The City of Flat Rock First Responders have served the community faithfully in an unwavering, determined fashion. We have seen their perseverance in keeping the community safe and healthy. We are so grateful for our many First Responders throughout the county and to show our gratitude, this week we provided free vehicle disinfections for Flat Rock Police Department.

Putting our biohazard cleaning experience to good use, our crew, is eager to give back to our First Responders during this global pandemic.

We appreciate all of the Frontliners who are working tirelessly to keep our communities healthy. From our SERVPRO family to yours, we thank you!

We are Cleaning Experts

4/2/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo over virus image that says Here to Help Here to Help

SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 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. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

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

Specialized Products

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

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – [SERVPRO of Carleton/Maybee, 734-299-7006]

Sign up for our March CE class

2/17/2020 (Permalink)

Join us on Friday, March 20, 2020 as we will host two CE classes for insurance professionals at Salute Special Events in Flat Rock, MI.

Classes are FREE and lunch is provided.  Please RSVP to sccSERVPRO@outlook.com.

We will offer the following classes:

BIOHAZARD CLEANUP

10:00AM-12:00PM (2 credit hours)

This course is designed to assist agents and adjusters in understanding the processes that go into cleaning homes and buildings that are or may be contaminated with viruses and bloodborne pathogens, as well as dealing with customers who have recently dealt with a traumatic event that has caused this contamination.

UNDERSTANDING MOLD IN THE RESTORATION INDUSTRY

12:30PM-4:30PM (4 credit hours)

This course is designed to teach and explain the special procedures used by professionals in mitigating mold damage.  Attendees will learn remediation processes which can help control the cost if performed in a timely manner.

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CALL SERVPRO AT 734-299-7006.

Prepare Your Home for Winter Weather

12/27/2019 (Permalink)

Winter Weather banner Severe Winter Weather

Living in Michigan, you know how winter works. Winter is our longest season and we even started early with snow falls in November. Now, us Michiganders are looking at frigid, snowy weather for the next 5-6 months (maybe longer). You can be prepared for winter by bundling up in warm clothes and boots. But is your home prepared to face the bitter cold and winter weather for the next 5-6 months?

Here are Some Tips to Prepare your Home for Winter Weather:

  • Insulate walls and attics
  • Install a door sweep
  • Weather-strip doors and windows
  • Clean out gutters
  • Disconnect and drain outside hoses
  • Ensure your furniture isn’t blocking your home’s heating vents
  • Repair roof leaks
  • Remove tree branches that could get weighed down with snow/ice and fall on your house
  • If you have a fireplace, close the damper
  • Set the temperature manually and leave it
  • Seal furnace ducts
  • Insulate hot water pipes and hot water heater
  • Avoid ice dams by ventilating your attic and insulating the attic floor

It is that time of year where Michigan gets hit with brutal winter storms and it is crucial to prepare your home for it. Keep our number handy, 734-299-7006. If you suffer storm damage to your home or property, we can be there to take immediate action. We can help minimize secondary damages caused by severe storms.

Electrical Safety During the Holidays

11/18/2019 (Permalink)

As a trusted leader in the restoration industry, SERVPRO of Carleton/Maybee has highly trained technicians that are dedicated to responding faster to any size disaster.  We provide 24-hour emergency service and have the training and expertise to handle your restoration and cleaning needs.

As the holiday season is upon us, it is important to remember a few tips to maintain electrical safety during the most wonderful time of the year.  Below are a few tips to keep in mind.

  • Inspect all of your holiday lights.  To prevent accidental fires, throw out any strands of lights that have frayed cords.  Also, replace any broken or cracked bulbs.
  • Use only UL-Listed lights and extension cords.
  • Do not overload electrical sockets, extension cords, or power strips.
  • It is never a good idea to plug an extension cord into a power strip.
  • When hanging electrical decorations and lights, it is best to use a wooden or fiberglass ladder rather than a metal one for your own safety.
  • Always turn off holiday lights before leaving the house or going to bed.

Fire Prevention Tips

11/18/2019 (Permalink)

Burned power strip Burned power strip

SERVPRO of Carleton/Maybee is dedicated to educating our communities on Fire Prevention and Safety tips.

  • Keep all potential sources of fuel like paper, clothing, bedding or rugs at least three feet away from space heaters, stoves, or fireplaces.
  • Portable heaters and fireplaces should never be left unattended.  Turn off space heaters and make sure any embers in the fireplace are extinguished before going to bed or leaving home.
  • If you must use a space heater, place it on a level, hard and nonflammable surface (such as a ceramic tile floor), not on rugs or carpets or near bedding or drapes.  Keep children and pets away from space heaters.
  • When buying a space heater, look for models that shut off automatically if the heater falls over as another safety measure.
  • Never use a cooking range or oven to heat your home.
  • Keep the fire in your fireplace by using a glass or metal fire screen large enough to catch sparks and rolling logs.
  • Have wood and coal stoves, fireplaces, chimneys, and furnaces professionally inspected and cleaned once a year.
  • Never plug space heaters into power strips.

SERVPRO of Carleton/Maybee, no tricks, just treats!

10/22/2019 (Permalink)

Our Marketing Rep and daughter dressed up as Mario and Luigi to pass out candy at local trunk or treat Mario and Luigi say "Happy Halloween"

SERVPRO of Carleton/Maybee was proud to support our hometown of Flat Rock in the 5th Annual Spooktacular and Trunk or Treat event.  Providing treats to more than 800 kids and helping bring together our community for such a wonderful event was truly a pleasure.  We are here in your community and Here to Help You!  

Although we specialize in making your disaster, "Like it Never Even Happened", we make it a priority to help out local families and communities and to help provide opportunities for everyone around us.  Our success is your success and we take pride being part of such great local events around us that truly add joy and happiness to the communities we're in.  SERVPRO of Carleton/Maybee, Here in your community and Here to Help You!

From Carpets to Catastrophes, SERVPRO to the Rescue

10/7/2019 (Permalink)

Vacuum cleaning dirty carpet Large or small, we clean it all

When you need it done right and done fast, call SERVPRO of Carleton/Maybee for all of your residential and commercial cleaning needs.

Did you know when you hire SERVPRO professionals for maintenance cleaning, you get around-the-clock restoration services built with you in mind? Quality cleaning and quick response – that’s the SERVPRO way.

Can’t figure out how to get the job done? Call SERVPRO of Carleton/Maybee at 734-299-7006 for all your emergency restoration needs. Because when you experience a fire, water or mold damage in your facility, you need fast response and the expertise to get the job done right, ensuring your business can get back into operation as quickly as possible.

Through it all, you expect the most reliable information and the very best service at a fair price. We are committed to providing fire and water cleanup and restoration services to reduce business interruptions and recovery costs.

Not Every Hero Wears a Cape

10/2/2019 (Permalink)

Little boy sitting at table with man with caption "Not Every Hero Wears a Cape, plan and practice your escape" Not Every Hero Wears a Cape

National Fire Prevention Week is October 6-12th, 2019.  Here at SERVPRO of Carleton/Maybee we strive to help our communities be prepared in the event of a fire.  We honor our local Fire Departments and pass out fire prevention materials to local schools and libraries.  Here are some tips for fire escape and planning:

Home Fire Escape Planning and Practice

Home fire escape planning and drills are an essential part of fire safety. A home fire escape plan needs to be developed and practiced before a fire strikes.

• Home fire escape planning should include the following:

• Drawing a map of each level of the home, showing all doors and windows

• Going to each room and pointing to the two ways out

• Making sure someone will help children, older adults, and people with disabilities wake up and get out

• Teaching children how to escape on their own in case you cannot help them

• Establishing a meeting place outside and away from the home where everyone can meet after exiting

• Having properly installed and maintained smoke alarms

• Home fire escape practice should include the following:

• Pushing the smoke alarm button to start the drill

• Practicing what to do in case there is smoke: Get low and go. Get out fast.

• Practicing using different ways out and closing doors behind you as you leave

• Never going back for people, pets, or things

• Going to your outdoor meeting place

• Calling 9-1-1 or the local emergency number from a cell phone or a neighbor’s phone Smoke Alarms

• Smoke alarms detect and alert people to a fire in the early stages. Smoke alarms can mean the difference between life and death in a fire.

• Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a home fire in half.

• Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of the home, including the basement.

• Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button.

• Make sure everyone in the home understands the sound of the smoke alarm and knows how to respond. Cooking

• Cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries. Thanksgiving is the leading day for fires involving cooking equipment.

• The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking.

• Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, boiling, grilling, or broiling food.

• If you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly and stay in the home.

• Keep anything that can catch fire away from your stovetop. Heating

• Heating equipment is one of the leading causes of home fires during the winter months.

• Space heaters are the type of equipment most often involved in home heating equipment fires.

• All heaters need space. Keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet (1 meter) away from heating equipment.

• Have a 3-foot (1-meter) “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters.

• Purchase and use only portable space heaters listed by a qualified testing laboratory.

• Have a qualified professional install heating equipment.

• Maintain heating equipment and chimneys by having them cleaned and inspected by a qualified professional at least once a year.

We walk for awareness

9/12/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO sign at bounce house that we sponsored. Proud to support this wonderful cause.

SERVPRO of Carleton/Maybee is a proud sponsor of the 3rd Annual Magical Mile Walk for Autism Awareness.  Located in Flat Rock, MI, we are always looking for ways to support the local communities  in which we work and live.  The annual event, sponsored by Mimi's Mission, (a local non-profit organization that has been helping Downriver families in need since 2015) was held at the Woodhaven Community Center and was a huge success and tons of fun for all who attended.  There were several bounce houses, a bake sale, DJ with princesses and super heroes leading the children in dancing, and lots of fun activities for all of the children to participate in.  SERVPRO of Carleton/Maybee is here in your community and Here to Help!

Water Damage in Commercial Property in Monroe, Mi

9/12/2019 (Permalink)

Wet carpet in a hallway with ladder, trash can and two men Flooded hallway in apartment building

Poor workmanship was cause for a multi-floor flood in this retirement community located in Monroe, MI.  Plumbing pipes were mistakenly cut which resulted in a rush of water from the ceiling of the fifth floor causing damage all the way down to the third floor of this recently renovated apartment community.  Fortunately, SERVPRO of Carleton/Maybee had recently provided this property with an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) so we were fast on the scene.  Arriving within 2 hours of the call we quickly started the mitigation and restoration process.  The property manager was thrilled with the quality of service and promptness of our crew, he said "All involved did a great job.  I am very satisfied".  SERVPRO of Carleton/Maybee helping make your disaster, "Like it never even happened."

Supporting our community

7/29/2019 (Permalink)

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 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)

photo of two women holding up ERP folder in front of store front 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)

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)

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)

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)

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. 

Preparedness is Key; Tips for Monroe and Wayne County Residents

9/19/2018 (Permalink)

September is National Preparedness month, which begs the question whether or not you would know what to do if an emergency happened in your home.

Here are some helpful tips to keep you and your loved ones safe:

  • Come up with several evacuation routes out of the home and go over these routinely, especially with younger family members
  • Designate a meeting place if you get separated
  • Inspect fire extinguishers on a regular basis and know how to use them (see a below blog entitled Would You Be Prepared to find detailed instructions on how to test your fire extinguisher and know what class of fire it is intended for)
  • Ensure there are both smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors located in multiple locations in your home, and test them on a regular basis
  • Put together an emergency waterproof bag that includes, but is not limited to the following:
    • Water bottles
    • Matches and a lighter
    • Flashlight and batteries
    • A roll of toilet paper
    • Poncho
    • Cotton t-shirt (you can wrap this around your nose and mouth to help filter dangerous debris
    • Glow sticks
    • Durable rope
    • Box cutter
    • Spare house keys (clip on a whistle and Swiss army knife)
    • Non perishable food bars
    • A pair of gardening gloves
    • Duct tape
    • First aid kit
    • Toiletry necessities (medications, anti bacterial soap. . .)

      For more information on specific types of situations to prepare for, or for print out forms to help your family gather the proper information, visit ready.gov

      If you have experienced an emergency situation and need help, please contact SERVPRO of Carleton/Maybee at (734) 299-7006.

Knowing Your Weather Terminology

7/5/2018 (Permalink)

Here are a few weather terms and definitions that may make this storm season a little easier to get through.

With summer here, it is only a matter of time before we start to see some crazy Michigan weather, and that means that the meteorologist will be using terms that may be a little confusing.  Do you know the difference between a tornado watch and a tornado warning?  Here are a few weather terms and definitions that may make this storm season a little easier to get through.

Warning:  A warning is issued when a hazardous weather event is occurring, imminent, or likely.  A warning means weather conditions pose a threat to life or property.  People in the path of the storm need to take protective action.

Watch:  A watch is used when the risk of a hazardous weather event has increased significantly, but its occurrence, location, or timing is still uncertain.  It is intended to provide enough lead time so those who need to set their plans in motion can do so.  A watch means that hazardous weather is possible.  People should have a plan of action in case a storm threatens, and they should listen for further information and possible warnings especially when planning travel or outdoor activities.

Advisory:  An advisory is issued when a hazardous weather event is occurring, imminent, or likely.  Advisories are for less serious conditions than warnings, that cause significant inconvenience and if caution is not exercised, could lead to situations that may threaten life or property.

Reduce Your Risk of a Dryer Fire in Newport, MI

7/3/2018 (Permalink)

Dryer lint screens should be cleaned before and after each load. If it's taking longer to dry your laundry, the vent pipe should be cleaned as well.

According to the US Fire Administration, there are more than 2,500 clothes dryer fires in homes across the United States every year, causing an estimated 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property damages.  As simple as it seems, the biggest contributing factor of these fires is failure to clean the lint screen.

To protect your home and family from such a tragic disaster, there are several safety tips you should follow to decrease your chances of dryer fire in your home.

  • Have your dryer installed and serviced by a professional
  • Follow the manufacturers operating instructions and do not try to over load your dryer
  • Clean the lint screen before and after every load of laundry
  • Do not use a dryer without a lint screen
  • Be extra careful when drying clothes that have been soiled with flammable substances. If possible, wash clothing more than once and hang to dry
  • Keep the area around your dryer clear of things that can burn
  • Don’t forget to clean the back of the dryer where lint builds up and around the drum
  • Make sure the venting system is not damaged or crushed which restricts air flow
  • Check that the outdoor vent flap opens when the dryer is operating
  • Once a year, or more often if you notice that it is taking longer for laundry to dry, clean out the vent pipe, or have a professional service do it for you

If you or someone you know has experienced a dryer fire, or any type of fire and need help, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Carleton/Maybee at (734) 299-7006.

Firework Safety in Woodhaven, Michigan

7/3/2018 (Permalink)

Although beautiful, fireworks can be dangerous. Here are some safety tips to remember this 4th of July.

July is here, and with it comes barbeques, pool parties, and fireworks!  Fireworks are a ton of fun and are beautiful to watch, but it’s important to remember that they are still explosives and should be handled with extreme caution.

On average, 280 people go to the hospital with firework related injuries daily during the month surrounding the 4th of July holiday.  In 2017 alone, 37% of firework related injuries affected the arms and hands, 36% were to the face, head, and eyes, while 27% affected the lower half of the body.  Over 53% of these reported injuries were burns.

To help keep this from happening to you or someone you love, here’s some firework safety tips from the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission:

https://www.cpsc.gov/Safety-Education/Safety-Education-Centers/Fireworks

  • Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
  • Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper. This is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and could pose a danger to consumers.
  • Always have an adult supervise firework activities. Parents don’t realize that young children suffer injuries from sparklers.  Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees – hot enough to melt some metals.
  • Never place any part of your body directly over a firework when lighting the fuse, and back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting it.
  • Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.
  • Never point or throw fireworks at another person
  • Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of a fire or any other mishap.
  • Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.
  • Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers
  • After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it to prevent a trash fire.

Have a safe and Happy 4th of July, from your Friends at SERVPRO of Carleton/Maybee.

Disaster Planning for Businesses in the Downriver and Monroe County Areas

7/2/2018 (Permalink)

The front of an Emergency READY profile can be seen here. Each profile is different and can be completely customized for individual business needs.

According to industry research, as many as 50% of businesses may never recover if faced with a disaster.  Of those that do survive this traumatic event, the majority of them had some sort of disaster or preparedness plan in place in case of such a disaster.

Having some sort of disaster plan in place makes it possible for businesses to start picking up the pieces immediately following a loss, minimizing business interruption and getting them back on their feet faster.

Did you know that SERVPRO can help?

What many people may not know is that SERVPRO of Carleton/Maybee offers a complementary Emergency READY Profile, which is SERVPRO’s answer to an emergency preparedness plan for local area businesses.  By developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile (ERP), you will minimize the extent of damage from the water or fire, and also minimize the amount of time your business is interrupted.

So what is an ERP?

An ERP is a concise document that contains critical information in the event of an emergency.  Water and gas shut off valves are located and labeled, priority areas and priority contact information is listed, the closest fire hook up is located and even your local SERVPRO franchise professional is listed in order to start mitigation without delay.  Pictures and detailed descriptions are included as well, making it easy for even the newest of staff members to know where these locations are. 

Don’t know where your physical copy is? SERVPRO has that taken care of too!  There is now an app where you can find all of this information, and when you get your physical copy, your SERVPRO professional will also email you a link with your individual sign on instructions so you have 24/7 access to the online version and can even submit a loss.

If you have questions about an Emergency READY Profile, or would like to have an ERP done for your business, please call SERVPRO of Carleton/Maybee at (734) 299-7006.

Brownstown Residents: Know the Dangers of Carbon Monoxide

5/30/2018 (Permalink)

This is an example of one of the more inexpensive carbon monoxide detectors on the market.

Carbon monoxide has long been known as the “silent killer.”  Colorless, tasteless, and odorless, it’s no wonder that it is one of the most difficult gasses to detect.

What are the causes of carbon monoxide?

Carbon monoxide can be created by space heaters, open flames, gas appliances, generators, grilling, a blocked chimney, or even a running car in an enclosed space. That is why it is imperative to install and operate appliances as the manufacturer recommends to decrease the chances of carbon monoxide levels rising.

How do I know if I've been affected?

Carbon monoxide prevents the blood from being able to carry oxygen.  Symptoms are similar to those of the flu, without the fever. Other symptoms include dizziness, severe headache, confusion, fast heart rate, convulsions, and even unconsciousness.  Left in a situation with heightened levels of carbon monoxide, brain damage could occur or even death.

If you think you may have higher than normal carbon monoxide levels in your home, do not ignore it! If you are not experiencing symptoms, immediately open doors and windows to air out the area, turn off the source and call the Fire Department.  If you are experiencing any of the above, get to fresh air immediately and call 911 from a neighbor’s home.

So how do you protect yourself?

Luckily, there are carbon monoxide detectors that measure levels over a period of time, and give you adequate time to either ventilate the area or evacuate. They are reasonably priced, starting from around $12 and going to over $100 depending on how high tech you are looking for, and can be self monitored, or system connected and monitored like your home security system.

It is recommended that there is one on each floor, and especially outside of sleeping areas.  Sensors should be at least 15 feet away from fuel burning appliances, and tested once a week.  Sensors last typically 2-5 years, but routine maintenance is encouraged. Every month the unit should be unplugged and either vacuumed or wiped with a dry cloth to remove any dust.

Don’t put you and your family in danger!  Know the hazards of carbon monoxide and how to keep your home and loved ones safe!

The Truth About Sump Pump and Flood Coverage in Frenchtown, MI

5/18/2018 (Permalink)

If your Frenchtown, MI sump pump fails and you have water in your basement, call SERVPRO of Carleton/Maybee. We'll clean it "like it never happened."

As the owner of a home with a Michigan basement, and being in an industry where we see the worst case scenarios, the question has been brought up about insurance coverage in the event of a sump pump backup or failure.

It is common knowledge, that occasionally sump pumps have been known to fail causing devastation in basements. However, what many people don’t know is that their regular homeowner’s insurance does not cover this, neither does their flood insurance.

Flood insurance typically covers anything structural in the event of a flood.  In other words, if you could take your home and flip it upside down, anything that were to stay attached is covered, anything that were to fall would not be. . . so that heirloom passed down for generations may not be covered though insurance for the cost of restoration.

Don’t find yourself caught in this position; there is a solution to protect you in the event of this happening!

If you have a sump pump in your home, you may want to consider looking into the option of a sump pump rider on your insurance policy.  A sump pump rider endorsement is intended to cover both contents and structure if there is a water loss based on the failure of the unit, either by electrical loss or mechanical failure.  Based on the size of your basement and whether or not it is finished, there are different coverage limits available to fit your needs.

Remember, it is important to always discuss your coverage limits with your insurance agent before making a decision.  SERVPRO of Carleton/Maybee is not an expert on insurance, but only recommends insured check their options and verify their coverage before tragedy occurs. Adequate coverage should include not only water mitigation, but also the repairs that would be required to put your basement back to its original condition if a loss were to occur.

For any additional questions, or if you have experienced a water loss, please call SERVPRO of Carleton/Maybee at (734) 299-7006.

Dundee 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

5/11/2018 (Permalink)

Major flooding in Dundee has covered sidewalks, outdoor stairways, and has left only the tops of landscaping visible in areas.

SERVPRO of Carleton/Maybee is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - 
(734) 299-7006

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Carleton/Maybee has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Carleton/Maybee

SERVPRO of Carleton/Maybee 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.

Restoring Your Flat Rock Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

5/11/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events at Flat Rock commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Carleton/Maybee

SERVPRO of Carleton/Maybee specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a 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.

For any of your cleaning or water restoration needs, please call SERVPRO of Carleton/Maybee at (734) 299-7006

Would You Be Prepared?

5/3/2018 (Permalink)

This Fire Extinguisher demonstrates where the pressure gauge, class, and instructions are located on the unit.

If you had a fire in your home within the next 5 minutes, would you know where the nearest fire extinguisher is? Would you know how to use it without having to stumble through reading the instructions on the side?  Do you know when the last time was that you inspected your fire extinguisher?

These questions may seem frivolous as you briefly scan over the information in this blog, but if you were put in that situation today, the answers to those questions could mean the difference between complete devastation and minimal soot damage to your home.

 Let’s start at the beginning:

Knowing your Fire Extinguisher

There are 4 basic classes of fire extinguishers; each being specific to put out different types of fires.

  • Class A are used for fires involving ordinary materials like wood and paper
  • Class B are used for highly flammable liquids such as gasoline and grease
  • Class C are used for electrical fires
  • Class D are used on fires involving flammable metals

Some extinguishers are multipurpose and can be used for multiple classes of fires. Your particular extinguisher should be labeled or have a diagram specifying what Class/Classes it is designed for.

Fire extinguishers should be inspected at least once a month, and should cover 3 things:

  1. Make sure the nozzle is clear of obstructions
  2. Ensure that the tamper seal is intact
  3. Check that the pressure gauge is in the green zone. If the arrow indicator is in the red, the extinguisher will not function properly.

Proper Use of a Fire Extinguisher In Case of an Emergency

Now that you are comfortable with knowing that your extinguisher is still in good working condition and is the proper Class for said fire, here is the easiest way to remember how to properly use it in case of an emergency.  Remember the acronym P.A.S.S.

  1. P. Pull the pin and hold the extinguisher upright
  2. A. Aim the extinguisher at the base of the fire and stand back
  3. S. Squeeze the handle
  4. S. Sweep the nozzle from side to side

For more tips on how to minimize damage and increase your chances of a successful restoration or for any of your other cleaning and restoration needs, call SERVPRO of Carleton/Maybee at (734) 299-7006.

Monroe County Residents: What to Know About Mold After Flooding

5/2/2018 (Permalink)

After devastating flooding destroyed homes and displaced people all across Monroe County and other areas of Southeast Michigan two weeks ago, Spring has finally come and temperatures are starting to warm up.  With the increase in temperatures, however, 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

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