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Hoarding - Not Your Typical Restoration Job

2/22/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Hoarding - Not Your Typical Restoration Job Hoarding is the persistent difficulty of discarding or parting with possessions, regardless of their actual value.

Hoarding: Not Your Typical Restoration Job

It is estimated that 1.2 million people in the U.S. suffer from compulsive hoarding. These cases create business opportunities for remediation professionals, but they also pose unique health and safety hazards for the property owner and the contractor hired to restore the property. For the safety of the client and your employees, it is important to understand how and why every hoarding case should be treated as a biohazard. Before committing to any hoarding job, a restoration company must provide the proper biohazard training and equipment for employees or choose to form a partnership with professionals who specialize in this type of bio-remediation.

Dealing with the Emotion

While flood or fire damage emergencies certainly need to be handled with care, hoarding cases can be especially emotionally trying. Employees must be educated about the basic psychology behind hoarding so they understand how to work appropriately with clients. Those who suffer from compulsive hoarding often have extreme emotional attachment to items that many people would find of no value. Before any waste removal or cleanup begins, the remediation professionals must work closely with the property owner or family members to understand where effort should be made to salvage belongings. 

Throughout these sensitive situations, it is imperative that the workers in a client’s home are compassionate and considerate. Biohazard cleanup specialists understand the need for the family to deal with only one point person in order to avoid confusion or conflicting updates. They have been trained to understand what hoarding is so they don’t pass judgment and are able to speak empathetically with all who are impacted by the hoarding case. 

Protecting Your Employees

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, approximately 40 percent of object hoarders also hoard animals and more than 80 percent of animal hoarders have diseased, dying or dead animals on the premises. Dealing with the cleanup of animal waste, including fecal matter and urine, can be just as dangerous as cleaning up infected blood. If technicians are not properly equipped or trained to handle biomaterials, the bacteria transmitted through animal waste can cause infections and respiratory complications. 

When working to remove piles of clothes, newspapers, boxes, food, junk mail or memorabilia from a client’s home, technicians may be exposed to live human or animal waste, hypodermic needles, broken glass or black mold. Given the potentially hazardous working conditions, employers must provide employee training that meets OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogen Standard. Level 3 personal protective equipment (PPE) including gloves, booties and biohazard suits must be worn during the entire remediation process. Employees also need to be trained in the use of a respirator, which must be worn at all times when exposed to potentially airborne biohazards.

Don’t Just Clean - Sanitize 

Companies that do not specialize in biohazard remediation often lack the proper training and equipment to thoroughly sanitize a property after a hoarding case. Even after contaminated materials have been removed from the premises, health hazards still remain. Here are a few critical steps in the cleaning and sanitization process of a biohazard situation that remediation professionals must follow:

  • Dispose of porous materials: It is strongly recommended to dispose of furniture, carpet, towels and other porous fabrics that cannot be remediated.
  • Consider subflooring: In many hoarding cases, urine and fecal matter have built up on floors and walls over months or even years. As the biomaterial seeps through tiles and carpet, it will contaminate the subflooring, which must also be removed.
  • Remove all visible debris: It is impossible to sanitize a surface if there is even a trace of liquids or solids on it - disinfecting a soiled surface will only sanitize the top layer of dirt.
  • Use specialized cleaning agents: Not all cleaning agents are created equal; some are specially designed to fight bacteria and pathogens carried in blood and fecal matter. Also, employees must be trained on how to properly use and dilute certain agents to precise ratios in order for them to be effective.
  • Be diligent: To properly sanitize a surface and restrict cross contamination, each towel should be used just once per side before properly disposing of it as biohazard waste. If you re-use the same towel on a larger area, you are simply spreading contaminants.
  • Dispose properly: All biohazard materials should be placed in closable, leak-proof, labeled, color-coded containers prior to removal to prevent spills during handling, storage and transport. When transporting biohazard materials, EPA and DOT regulations must be closely followed in order to avoid hefty fines.

One of the best ways to truly measure the resulting level of sanitization is through ATP (adenosine triphosphate) testing. With this technology, technicians are able to test the affected areas to ensure that all potentially infectious materials have been effectively neutralized. The test works by using a hand-held device and swabbing the area to test for the presence of ATP molecules, which indicate cellular activity (all living organisms give off ATP as they use energy). Aftermath is the first biohazard company to integrate ATP testing into its remediation process after consulting with safety and sanitation experts in food processing and healthcare industries.

Choose the Right Partner

If a restoration company is not equipped to handle a hoarding case, it makes sense to work with a trusted partner who specializes in biohazard cleanup. These types of partnerships are mutually beneficial and allow both parties to better serve their clients.

Creating professional partnerships can also help to streamline the insurance process for policyholders. Working together with a complimentary company can help ease confusion and complications when submitting a claim, as the various jobs can be filed under one claim number. The most important aspect to keep in mind is always the person and family who are dealing with a hoarding situation. If your company is not fully trained for a hoarding job, it may be better to leave it to the biohazard remediation professionals. 

 

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As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Hazel Park is strategically located to respond quickly to your storm, flood, water, or fire emergency event. When an emergency occurs in Hazel Park, Warren, Madison Heights or Detroit, we have the resources and personnel to help. Call us today, (248) 556-4200!

 

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How To Use "Mold Resistant Paint"

9/14/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation How To Use "Mold Resistant Paint" Simply put, mold resistant paint resists mold growth. When mold begins to grow on a painted surface, it affects the surface in many ways.

How To Use Mold Resistant Paint 

If you need a paint for mold prone areas, like bathrooms, we highly recommend selecting an anti-mold paint. It will look like any other quality indoor paint, but will resist the growth of mold in the future, which is important in damp areas.

Why Use Mold Resistant Paint?

Simply put, mold resistant paint resists mold growth. When mold begins to grow on a painted surface, it doesn’t just discolor the surface and make it look bad. Mold actually feeds on materials like wood and drywall, eating away at the structures in your home. Left unchecked, it can cause serious structural damage. Using a mold resistant paint for mold prone areas helps protect you, and your family, from a various amount of problems.

Where Should You Use Anti Mold Paint?

Use mold resistant paint in areas subject to significant moisture, like kitchens (where steam from cooking can contribute to the development of mold) and bathrooms (where steam from showers can contribute to the development of mold). You might want to use an anti-mold paint in basements, as well, since they often get a bit damp.

Keep in mind the fact that you should only apply mold resistant paint to clean, dry, mold free surfaces. Using a mold resistant paint in areas where you’ve previously experienced a mold problem can help prevent future problems, but before applying the paint, make sure to remove all traces of mold and allow the surface to dry completely. Never paint over mold, even with mold resistant paint. Mold resistant paint won’t kill mold that is already growing on a surface and painting over mold will only make the mold problem worse in the end. It’s generally impossible to remove mold from porous surfaces like drywall, so moldy materials such as drywall should be removed and replaced; never try to paint over mold.

Also keep in mind the fact that while mold resistant paint resists mold growth, it’s not a guarantee that mold will never grow there, especially if you experience significant water damage or flooding.

The Best Paint For Mold Prone Areas

Mold resistant paints contain antimicrobial ingredients that help prevent the growth of mold on painted surfaces. There are numerous brands of mold resistant paint, which you can find at most home improvement stores such as Lowe’s, Home Depot, and Menard’s. Mold resistant paints are available in a wide array of colors to suit any décor. Any brand of paint with antimicrobial properties will help prevent mold, so you’ll find plenty from which to choose. Apply mold resistant paint just as you would any other paint.

For Help With Mold Remediation and Painting

If you’ve got a mold problem and need help removing mold before you paint a room, we suggest scheduling an air-quality test with a certified mold professional. After you have this test done, you will get a protocol on how to clean and remediate the mold. Once you get the protocol, call SERVPRO of Hazel Park and we can make an appointment with you to come get rid of the mold. After we remediate the mold, we can recommend how to prevent future mold growth.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

 As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Hazel Park is strategically located to respond quickly to your flood and water emergency event. When fire damage occurs in Hazel Park, Warren, Royal Oak, or Madison Heights, we have the resources and personnel to help. Call us today! (248) 556-4200

*Information provided by: http://www.mold-advisor.com/mold-paint.html

SERVPRO® Pledges Ongoing Support to the American Red Cross Disaster Responder Program

7/26/2016 (Permalink)

Community SERVPRO® Pledges Ongoing Support to the American Red Cross Disaster Responder Program SERVPRO is a proud sponsor of the American Red Cross. With the Red Cross Rating, we offer FREE Emergency Ready Plans (ERP) for businesses.

SERVPRO® Pledges Ongoing Support to the American Red Cross Disaster Responder Program

Red Cross recognizes SERVPRO for their contribution to disaster preparedness and recovery efforts

 

Hazel Park, MI (Grassroots Newswire) June 1, 2016 -- The American Red Cross recently recognized SERVPRO®, a cleanup and restoration company, for participation in its Disaster Responder Program1.  As a Disaster Responder Program member, SERVPRO pledges a donation to the Red Cross in advance of disasters, allowing the organization to respond quickly and effectively to nearly 66,000 disasters annually, most of which are home fires. SERVPRO is entering their third year of partnership with the Red Cross; their donations to the organization to date exceed one million dollars.

According to statistics cited by the Red Cross, seven people die in a home fire each day in the U.S. Aiming to reduce deaths and injuries caused by home fires by 25 percent by the end of 2019, the Red Cross launched a Home Fire Campaign in October of 2014. The support of SERVPRO and other Disaster Responder Program members allows the Red Cross to pursue their home fire prevention goals while they continue to provide critical services to disaster victims.

“One of the reasons home fires account for the majority of the disasters the Red Cross responds to annually is that the risk for home fires exists all year long,” said Mentor Hyska, owner of SERVPRO of Hazel Park. “Statistics compiled by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)2 show the majority of home fires are related to unattended cooking accidents – and cooking is something most people do every day.”

Although SERVPRO’s business is helping business and home owners recover from fire, flood and other disasters, the company and its franchisees actively support disaster preparedness education, including fire prevention efforts. When disaster does strike, their relationships with major insurance companies combined with industry-leading job-management technology help smooth the path to rebuilding and restoration for home and business owners affected by the unexpected.

“SERVPRO’s commitment to the Red Cross Disaster Responder Program means that, when disaster strikes, homeowners can count on the Red Cross to address their immediate needs and supply essential services,” said Hyska. “Once the immediate emergency is under control, homeowners can count on the expertise of restoration specialists at SERVPRO of Hazel Park to help them restore their property and move forward with their lives.”

For fire prevention tips and information about fire and water damage restoration services, please visit www.SERVPRO.com. For more information on SERVPRO® of Hazel Park, please contact Mentor Hyska at (248)556-4200.

About SERVPRO®

Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO® Franchise System is a leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services, and mold mitigation and remediation. SERVPRO's professional services network of more than 1,700 individually owned and operated Franchises responds to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar large-loss events. Providing coverage in the United States and Canada, the SERVPRO® System has established relationships with major insurance companies and commercial clients, as well as individual homeowners.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

 As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Hazel Park is strategically located to respond quickly to your flood and water emergency event. When fire damage occurs in Detroit, Hazel Park, Warren, Royal Oak, or Madison Heights, we have the resources and personnel to help. Call us today! (248) 556-4200

10 Tips for Safe Summer Barbecues

7/13/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage 10 Tips for Safe Summer Barbecues Every year, 7,000 Americans are injured while using backyard barbecue grills.

10 Tips for Safe Summer Barbecues: Dos and Don'ts That Will Keep You From Becoming a Statistic

Every year, 7,000 Americans are injured while using backyard barbecue grills. It's usually a case of good products used incorrectly. Here are the top 10 most common mistakes and key safety tips for summer barbecues.

Do:

1. Keep your grill at least 10 feet away from your house. Farther is even better. This includes portions attached to your house like carports, garages and porches. Grills should not be used underneath wooden overhangs either, as the fire could flare up into the structure above. This applies to both charcoal and gas grills.

2. Clean your grill regularly. If you allow grease and fat to build up on your grill, they provide more fuel for a fire. Grease is a major source of flare ups.

3. Check for gas leaks. You can make sure no gas is leaking from your gas grill by making a solution of half liquid dish soap and half water and rubbing it on the hoses and connections. Then, turn the gas on (with the grill lid open.) If the soap forms large bubbles, that's a sign that the hoses have tiny holes or that the connections are not tight enough.

4. Keep decorations away from your grill. Decorations like hanging baskets, pillows and umbrellas look pretty AND provide fuel for a fire. To make matters worse, today's decor is mostly made of artificial fibers that burn fast and hot, making this tip even more important.

5. Keep a spray bottle of water handy. That way, if you have a minor flare-up you can spray it with the water to instantly calm it. The bonus of this tip is that water won't harm your food, so dinner won't be ruined!

6. Keep a fire extinguisher within a couple steps of your grill. And KNOW HOW TO USE IT. If you are unsure how to use the extinguisher, don't waste time fiddling with it before calling 911. Firefighters say many fire deaths occur when people try to fight a fire themselves instead of calling for expert help and letting the fire department do its job.

Don't:

7. Turn on the gas while your grill lid is closed. NEVER do this. It causes gas to build up inside your grill, and when you do light it and open it, a fireball can explode in your face. Click here to see our demonstration.

8. Leave a grill unattended. Fires double in size every minute. Plan ahead so that all of your other food prep chores are done and you can focus on grilling.

9. Overload your grill with food. This applies especially fatty meats. The basic reason for this tip is that if too much fat drips on the flames at once, it can cause a large flare-up that could light nearby things on fire.

10. Use a grill indoors. People often think it will be safe to use a grill, especially a small one, indoors. NOT TRUE. In addition to the fire hazard, grills release carbon monoxide, the deadly colorless, odorless gas. That gas needs to vent in fresh air or it can kill you, your family and pets.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

 As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Hazel Park is strategically located to respond quickly to your flood and water emergency event. When fire damage occurs in Hazel Park, Warren, Royal Oak, or Madison Heights, we have the resources and personnel to help. Call us today! (248) 556-4200

*Information provided by: http://abcnews.go.com/Business/ten-tips-safe-summer-barbecues-learn-dos-donts/story?id=13918382

16 Fireworks Safety Tips

6/29/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage 16 Fireworks Safety Tips SERVPRO of Hazel Park has the ability and resources to respond to any Fire Emergency, whether it's residential or commercial.

16 FIREWORKS SAFETY TIPS

The National Council on Fireworks Safety’s (NCFS) mission is to educate the public on the safe use of fireworks and encourages consumers to follow the following safety tips before engaging in fireworks celebrations:

1.  Obey all local laws regarding the use of fireworks.

2.  Know your fireworks – Read the cautionary labels and performance descriptions before igniting.

3.  A responsible adult should supervise all firework activities. Never give fireworks to children.

4.  Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Save your alcohol for after the show.

5.  Wear safety glasses when shooting fireworks.

6.  Light one firework at a time and then quickly move away.

7.  Do not hold a fireworks item in your hand.

8.  Use fireworks outdoors in a clear area; away from buildings and vehicles.

9.  Never relight a “dud” firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water before you discard it.

10.  After purchasing fireworks, always store them in a cool, dry place.

11.  When using fireworks always have a connected hose, bucket of water, or other water source nearby.

12.  Never carry fireworks in your pocket or shoot them into metal or glass containers.

13.  Do not experiment with homemade fireworks.

14.  Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and place in a metal trashcan away from any building or combustible materials until the next day.

15.  Ensure all pets and animals are away from fireworks noise.

16.  With the rise in stress-related disorders affecting American service men and women, pay special consideration to individuals who may be sensitive to loud noises in proximity to your fireworks show.

If you have any questions regarding how to properly use fireworks we encourage you to consult your local dealer.

 About The National Council on Fireworks Safety – The National Council on Fireworks Safety is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the public about the safe and responsible enjoyment of consumer fireworks. For more information, visit http://www.fireworkssafety.org.

 

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

 As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Hazel Park is strategically located to respond quickly to your flood and water emergency event. When fire damage occurs in Hazel Park, Warren, Royal Oak, or Madison Heights, we have the resources and personnel to help. Call us today! (248) 556-4200

25 Restoration Terms Defined

6/14/2016 (Permalink)

General 25 Restoration Terms Defined SERVPRO of Hazel Park is a 24/7 Emergency Response Company. We are here to help, whenever you need us!

25 Restoration Terms Defined

Whenever dealing with an unfamiliar topic, you are sure to come across some terminology that is new to you. Here are some of the most commonly used terms in restoration.

Air Mover: A unit that produces a high rate of airflow to accelerate the drying process

Agent: The person at an insurance company that interprets a policy and works with contractors involved in restoration.

Adjuster: Insurance claims adjuster who advocates for the policyholder in appraising and negotiating an insurance claim

Anti-Microbial Solutions: Cleaning products used to remove microorganisms from materials and prevent them from returning.

Bacteria: A very large group of microorganisms comprising one of the three domains of living organisms.

Blood borne Pathogens: Harmful microorganisms present in blood that could cause disease or death in humans.

Claim: What you file when looking to collect money to make repairs from your insurance company.

Containment Area: Temporary plastic barriers that are used during mold removal projects to contain mold spores and work to a smaller area.

Dehumidifier: Used to pull water vapor out of the air and bring moisture levels back to normal conditions.

Demolition: Point of work prior to drying where all saturated drywall, carpet, insulation are removed and discarded.

Dermal: Contact of the skin is a way that your body can absorb essential nutrients and harmful substances

Drying Time: Period of time where dehumidifiers and air movers are placed within the property, typically 48-72 hours to remove all remaining moisture from the air and structural materials.

Extraction: The initial step of a water damage restoration where excess water is removed from a property via pumping equipment.

Hepatotoxic: A poison that damages the cells of the liver.

Humidity: Measurement of the amount of water vapor in the air.

Ingestion: Consuming essential nutrients and harmful substances through eating is another form of absorption

Inhalation: Breathing is one way body absorbs essential nutrients and harmful substances

Inspector: Designated party to interpret the severity of situation and offer recommendations on what does and does not need to be done; preferably a separate entity from those fixing the issues.

Malaise: Malaise is a generalized feeling of discomfort, illness, or lack of well-being.

Moisture Meter: Tool used to detect amount of moisture within walls or materials and help locate sources of water intrusion.

Mold Testing: Air and surface samples taken to identify the species and quantity of mold present within a property.

Hygroscopic: Any material that absorbs and retains moisture retains moisture or water vapor from air is known to be.

Mycotoxin: Is a toxic secondary metabolite produced by organisms of the fungi kingdom, commonly known as molds.

Psychrometry: The measurement of the humidity content of the air by use of a psychrometric.

Thermal Imaging Camera: Tool used to detect temperature change and locate points of water intrusion.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

 As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Hazel Park is strategically located to respond quickly to your flood and water emergency event. When fire damage occurs in Hazel Park, Warren, Royal Oak, or Madison Heights, we have the resources and personnel to help. Call us today! (248) 556-4200



Definitions provided by: SERVPRO net training videos, http://www.dictionary.com/ and http://www.iicrc.org/consumers/care/water-damage/

Reasons Why a Timely Water Damage Restoration Service Is Important for a Commercial Building

5/9/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Reasons Why a Timely Water Damage Restoration Service Is Important for a Commercial Building Don't let unwanted water close your business

SERVPRO Can Quickly Restore Your Water Damaged Business

There's nothing quite as difficult for a commercial establishment as dealing with water damage. However, knowing what to do when disaster strikes can prevent you from experiencing unnecessary emotional upsets for yourself, your employees, and your customers and mitigate the economic strain of lost business. There are many steps you'll need to take to get your commercial property back in order following a water damaging event. Contacting a team of skilled water damage restoration experts from SERVPRO is a good first step.

Quick Water Removal Mitigates Monetary Loss 

The longer excess water remains on your commercial property, the more likely you are to suffer from costly water damage repairs to structural properties like ceiling tiles, insulation, drywall, and flooring. Then there is the concern of water damage to your capital investments: inventory, furniture, carpeting, electronic equipment and paper documents. Having a team of skilled water damage restoration experts like SERVPRO to begin immediately removing standing water can prevent you from spending unnecessary money on repairs.

Quick Remediation Prevents Secondary Water Damage.

Another benefit of a quick reaction to the pressing problem of water intrusion is that fast extraction helps prevent secondary water damage. Unfortunately, water damage creates a moist, wet environment within your business. Moisture and high humidity offer mold an opportunity to grow and spread throughout structural materials and wood furniture and fabrics. If your business deals with food distribution, high inventory loss may be a costly negative effect. For this reason, it's critically important to have standing water removed as quickly as possible. SERVPRO can arrive, usually in about one hour, with water removal equipment to meet any problem. 

Fast Restoration Helps You Get Back In Business

If the water intrusion, by way of a storm, flood, leak, or the aftermath of fire extinguishing causes severe water damage to your commercial business, you may have to relocate temporarily while water damage restoration work is being completed. Closed doors affect customer traffic, employee earnings, and your bottom line.  Insurance companies normally work hand-in-hand with SERVPRO to come to a working agreement allowing the water extraction process to commence immediately. 

Contact SERVPRO Today

If your commercial property has been subjected to water damage, getting fast, effective water damage restoration services is a must. Here at SERVPRO, we specialize in optimizing and expediting each component of the restoration process to ensure that you can get your business back in business. Moreover, each of our IICRC-Certified technicians will provide you with the personable care and excellent customer service that keeps you in the loop throughout the water damage restoration process. We can quickly reopen your doors like it never even happened.

Commercial Building Restoration Services

SERVPRO of Hazel Park responds quickly to a water or fire, or mold damage emergency, 24 hours a day. Whether the damage occurs in a small business building in Hazel Park, or a big box store, we have the training, experience, and equipment to handle the situation. Our national network of 1,650 Franchises gives us access to personnel and resources. Call us for assistance. (248) 556-4200

3 Reasons to Hire a Professional Fire Restoration Company Like SERVPRO

4/8/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage 3 Reasons to Hire a Professional Fire Restoration Company Like SERVPRO U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 1,298,000 fires in 2014.

Reasons To Hire Professionals Like SERVPRO of Hazel Park After A Residential Fire

Three Reasons You Should Hire Professionals like SERVPRO of Hazel Park, a Fire Restoration Company

When a fire strikes in the home or office setting, people tend to grow anxious. In addition to generating substantive economic losses, a fire can upset your daily schedule and do substantive damage to your property. However, hiring a team of trained fire restoration experts can help you recover your property, maintain your sanity, and limit economic losses. Here are just three of numerous reasons that hiring a professional fire restoration company is a good idea:

 Stress Relief

Fires can cause a great amount of stress, including that homeowners and commercial business leaders will have to work with an insurance company to file a claim and attain coverage. This is just one of the many processes that property owners will have to complete to get their home or office back in order. When you call a fire restoration company, you can relieve a great deal of stress as you gain confidence that your property is being cleaned and dried by a team of knowledgeable professionals.

 Proper Tools And Training

 Another reason that hiring a professional fire restoration company is a good idea pertains to the fact that they have the tools and training necessary to get the job done quickly and correctly. Fire restoration specialists use specialized equipment such as air movers and dehumidifiers to get your property dried quickly. This step is important because excess water left in your home or office can weaken its structural integrity. Additionally, the restoration company's ability to dry the property quickly precludes you from being subjected to an unwanted mold invasion.

 Thorough, Detailed Work

 One final benefit of hiring a professional restoration company is that you will attain thorough, detailed work. Industry professionals are very familiar with the specific damages left by fires, and this is why they can offer the detail-oriented services necessary to reverse and eliminate much of the damage. From thoroughly removing soot and smoke to providing painstaking content restoration assistance, you can be confident that the remediation contractors will leave no stone unturned.

 Getting your home or office back in good shape following a fire can be stressful. However, calling the professional fire restoration specialists of SERVPRO can alleviate stress and ensure that your property is restored quickly and correctly. Our IICRC-certified professionals can provide you with the thorough, detailed work that you need and deserve, and we're ready to get started now.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

 As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Hazel Park is strategically located to respond quickly to your flood and water emergency event. When fire damage occurs in Hazel Park, Warren, Royal Oak, or Madison Heights, we have the resources and personnel to help. Call us today! (248) 556-4200

10 Reasons Why Your Basement Is Wet

3/2/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage 10 Reasons Why Your Basement Is Wet A wet or flooded basement can be caused by a few things, make sure you are prepared for anything to happen.

10 Reasons Why Your Basement is Wet

So you’ve found standing water or other signs of moisture in your basement (like damp walls or mold). You need to find the cause immediately, because nearly all problems that lead to wet basements will get worse with time—and will be much harder and more expensive to fix. Here are ten common reasons why your basement may be wet.

Exterior Sources

1. Believe it or not, the source of the water entering the basement may actually be a leak in your roof. When water gets in because of damaged shingles or another roof weakness, it tends to run along the tresses in the roof and into the walls. From there, it will often go all the way down to the basement.

2. Clogged, damaged, or overtaxed gutters are a very common source of basement water. When water overflows the gutters or downspouts, it’s going to run right up against the foundation of your home and can easily get into the basement.

3. A high water table can cause problems for your basement, even if the structure of your home and foundation are sound. This can be especially frustrating since there’s not much you can do about it other than make sure you have a functioning sump pump and good foundation drains.

4. The slope of the pavement and/or landscaping around your home should always be away from the house. When paving materials or soil settles, it can sometimes change the direction of the slope so water flows toward the house rather than away from it.

5. If water shows up in your basement right after a heavy rain, there’s a good chance that the sealant around your windows and doors might be failing. Caulking around doors and windows deteriorates over time and must be replaced, as must mortar between bricks. Cracks in walls or on window ledges should be repaired quickly.

6. Snow and rainwater can build up in window wells quickly if they don’t have proper drainage built in. This can lead to dampness or even a flow of water into the basement.

Interior Sources

7. Water in your basement isn’t necessarily from outside your home. The problem may be a leak in your plumbing, which means waterproofing your basement isn’t going to help.

8. Even if your plumbing hasn’t sprung a leak, you may have water pipes that are sweating and dripping onto the basement floor. This happens because of the temperature difference between the pipe and the surrounding air, so insulation is an easy way to solve this problem.

9. Excess humidity can also cause condensation on walls and windows. This could be a sign that you need to insulate the basement, or it could be caused by something like a dryer vent.

10. If you notice the water is coming up through drains in the basement, it’s probably a backed-up municipal sewer system. You can install a backflow valve that will prevent this.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Hazel Park is strategically located to respond quickly to your flood and water emergency event. When water damage occurs in Detroit, Hazel Park, Royal Oak, Warren, or Madison Heights we have the resources and personnel to help! Call us today, (248) 556-4200!

Your Quick Reference Guide on Water Damage

2/25/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Your Quick Reference Guide on Water Damage Water damage can result from unattended roof leaks, broken water lines, and sewer backups.

Water Damage: Your Quick Reference Guide 

Water damage is a serious property issue that homeowners should be fully conscious of, by getting basic information about water damage and how to quickly eliminate it. With the proper information, you can help ensure that your residential property remains in excellent condition. To obtain this basic information, refer to the quick reference guide found below: 

Where Does Water Damage Come From?

Water damage is a hazard that can result from many sources. First, water damage can arise as a result of natural disasters like hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, fires, etc. Additionally, water damage can result from unattended roof leaks, broken water lines, and sewer backups. Additionally, water damage can result from flooding that generates rising waters which could put your property underwater for several hours. In the event that the water contains any sewage, you and your loved ones could be exposed to several health hazards. 

Structural and Property Damages

One of the property challenges that results from water damage is structural issues. When your ceilings, walls, and floors are exposed to water, the structure of your property can become weak. Additionally, water has the ability to damage several of the structural elements on your property. These damages can cost you thousands of dollars in repairs. 

Mold Growth

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), cleaning and drying your property within 24 to 48 hours of water damage is necessary for the prevention of mold growth. However, it's important to know that while you can start these processes to help eliminate or prevent mold, the fungus can grow in places you can't see. Some of these places include along ceilings and baseboards, underneath wallpaper, and behind the drywall. 

The Health Hazards Of Mold Exposure

Removing mold from your property as quickly and efficiently as possible is critical for the prevention of health hazards. Individuals who are repeatedly exposed to mold can suffer health effects. Because the cleanup process can result in mold exposure, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) instruct individuals to wear an N-95 breathing mask during the procedure. Using eye protection and gloves is also advised. 

Let SERVPRO Assist You Now!

 If you find that your residential property has been exposed to water damage, time is of the essence. By contacting a trained team of water remediation specialists immediately, you can salvage goods, protect the structural integrity of your property, and prevent your loved ones from exposure to mold. The company to call for effective, expedient remediation services is SERVPRO. We have over 1,650 franchises and more than 50 years of experience in this dynamic sector. Our IICRC-certified technicians work with unprecedented dedication and diligence to get your property back in incredible condition, so contact us immediately to get the detailed care you need and deserve! 

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Hazel Park is strategically located to respond quickly to your flood and water emergency event. When water damage occurs in Detroit, Hazel Park, Madison Heights, Warren, or Royal Oak, we have the resources and personnel to help. Call us today! (248) 556-4200