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Understanding Smoke Damage and Insurance

1/19/2021 (Permalink)

Visible damage to a commercial building following a structure fire Commercial fire damage in Hazel Park, MI

Business owners in Hazel Park, MI, know that the unexpected will eventually happen. Even if it doesn’t happen to your building, smoke damage from a neighboring business that experienced a fire can create lingering odors and potentially cause hidden harm to the structure. Depending on how close it was, it may also mean soot damage, which can be difficult to clean and leave permanent stains. Although every policy is different, that damage will likely be covered by insurance.

Filing a Claim

After calling your insurer, they will send an adjuster to inspect and assess the situation. If your building experienced a fire, the process will be much more involved. To help ensure a smoother smoke damage claim, it is important to note the date of loss, location of damage and contact information of the property owner that experienced the fire. Along with documenting the damage, ensure you have the following available:

  • A copy of the police report
  • A detailed list of damaged items
  • Estimates from a fire damage and restoration company
  • Any receipts associated with repairs

Professional Cleanup
Once the claim is accepted, it's time to deal with smoke cleaning. Although seemingly only annoying, this type of damage can be quite harmful to the materials in your business. While it may seem like a task that can be tackled alone, standard cleaning methods usually aren’t up to the task. If you use the services of a professional, you can count on them to have the expertise and latest equipment around to clean the air, structural components and affected belongings. They have an arsenal of methods available for all three, including air scrubbers, ozone generators, dry cleaning, wet cleaning and immersive cleaning.
Even if you didn’t cause smoke damage to your property, it isn’t something that can be left unattended. In most cases, your insurance will help cover the cleanup costs so you can get back to running like normal.

Are You Prepared for a Storm?

1/19/2021 (Permalink)

Flood insurance form on a table with a book. Consider purchasing flood insurance for your home

If a storm hits your home in Madison Heights, MI, you may find yourself in an emergency with little time to react. Storms bring with them the chance for hail damage, high winds and flood water. That's why it is best to have a plan ahead of time so you will be ready to take action.

Build a Disaster Supply Kit

A storm could knock out power to your home for several days. You may need to shelter in place, or you might need to leave for a safer area if you're in a flooded building. Preparing a supply kit ahead of time will ensure you have food, toiletries and supplies. A good rule of thumb is to keep enough food and water for three days. A supply kit should include:

  • Enough water for one gallon per person per day
  • Nonperishable food
  • First aid kit
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Cell phone charger
  • Prescription medication
  • Cleaning and sanitizing supplies
  • Pet supplies
  • Diapers and baby supplies

Every household has unique needs, and you can tailor your supply kit to your requirements.

Make a Plan
Ensure each household member knows what to do, where to go and who to contact if you are separated. If you live in an area prone to flood water, monitor the weather and be alert for heavy rain or storm surges. Practice evacuation routes and make plans to stay with friends or family if you can. Remember to make a plan for pets as well; not all shelters accept pets.

Consider Flood Insurance
Most homeowners' insurance policies do not cover water damage from flooding. If your home sustains damage, a flood insurance policy can cover the cost of restoration services and living expenses if you need to leave your home during cleanup.
Storms are unpredictable, but you can gather supplies and make a plan so that your household is ready for wind, hail or flood water if an event takes place.

Helpful Tips to Prevent Pipes From Bursting

12/8/2020 (Permalink)

Pipes Bursting Make sure you are prepared this winter if your pipes burst, be sure to call SERVPRO of Hazel Park.

Helpful Tips to Prevent Pipes From Bursting This Winter

Outdoor Tips:

  1.  Wrap outside faucets
  2.  Caulk around pipes where they enter the house.
  3.  Disconnect garden hoses.
  4.  Drain in-ground sprinkler systems.

Indoor Tips:

  1.  Let a stream of water run if the temperature dips below freezing.
  2.  Open cupboard doors in the kitchen and bathrooms.
  3.  Shut off and drain your water system if you are leaving home for several days.

More Information

Another common cause of water damage is a burst pipe. When pipes deteriorate or freeze, they are susceptible to bursting. For this reason, it's important to have your pipes regularly inspected. Also, be sure that you check the areas that could start corroding. One of the factors that contribute to bursting pipes is high pressure. To reduce pressure, have a valve installed or simply replace the plumbing.

 Although recognizing common causes of water damage can help prevent it from transpiring on your property, there's still a chance that it could occur. If it does, you can trust the water damage remediation experts of SERVPRO to fix the problem quickly and correctly. Our IICRC-certified technicians use contemporary methodologies and cutting edge equipment to expedite each component of the remediation process. Moreover, we offer the personalized care that will keep you calm and comfortable throughout the restoration process. 

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 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

Heating Safety in the Winter Season

12/4/2020 (Permalink)

Heating Safety - Image of heater It is important to understand how to safely and properly heat your homes during the winter. Be careful not to cause a fire or smoke damage.

The winter season is in full swing- the days are shorter and the temperature is lower. No matter where you live, winter brings a change in weather.  In an effort to keep our homes and workplaces cozy, many people use alternative heat sources like fireplaces, portable space heaters and wood burning stoves.  Heating is the second leading cause of home fire deaths, making it important to review ways to help reduce the risk of a heating related fire.

  • Maintain heating equipment and chimneys by having them cleaned and inspected annually by a qualified professional.
  • Use heating equipment that has the label of a recognized testing laboratory.
  • All heaters need space. Keep flammable objects at least three feet away from the heating equipment.
  • Plug space heaters directly into outlets, never into an extension cord or power strip.
  • When using fuel-burning heaters, use only the type of fuel specified by the manufacturer.
  • Install and maintain carbon monoxide and smoke alarms inside your home and business. Test alarms monthly.

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 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

How To Handle Property Damage From A Commercial Fire

12/4/2020 (Permalink)

Commercial Fire Damage Business owners should have preventive measures in place that will limit the likelihood of fire damage.

Unfortunately, no business owner is immune from Commercial Fire Damage. When fires damage property, a plethora of environmental and health risks can surface. However, knowing how to handle property damage that results from a commercial fire can help business owners restore their property. Learn more about commercial fires and how you can limit their adverse effect on your property by reviewing the following information:


Commercial Fires: A Brief Overview
When a business's property is subjected to fire damage, recovery can be challenging. Fire threats can come from a plethora of places, including an electrical fire, lightning strike, or an adjoining business. When a commercial fire occurs, the damage can be significant. In some cases, the company cannot continue functioning after the fire. In most cases, this is because the business did not have the proper insurance. Businesses that did maintain business interruption insurance will usually find it much easier to recover from the loss. Because every commercial building is susceptible to fire, it is prudent for commercial business owners to purchase insurance. Business owners must also have preventive measures in place that will limit the likelihood of fire damage. Some of those measures should include:


- Avoiding the storage of flammable materials
- Ensuring that smoke alarms are working properly
- Creating and practicing a fire evacuation plan
- Making sure appliances and machinery are turned off when not being used
- Keeping machinery in working order
- Making sure your backup drives and paperwork are in a safe location


Although taking these precautions can decrease the likelihood of fire damage, it's important to know that no business is entirely immune. Since this is the case, it's important that you develop good working relationships with a commercial insurance attorney as well as an experienced lawyer. These individuals will be able to assist you in the event that a fire takes place.


Conclusion
While a Commercial fire can have an adverse impact on your business, taking, preventive steps can help you avoid unwanted property damage and business-related complications that deplete your finances and productivity. In the event that a commercial fire transpires on your business property, it's important that you gain access to high-quality restoration services. As a remediation company that consistently works with excellence and expediency, you can count on the SERVPRO of Hazel Park professionals to get the job done fast and well. Contact us today to obtain an information-packed consultation!

Locally Owned Company with National Storm Resources

As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Hazel Park is strategically located to respond quickly to your water or flood damage event. When a major storm or flood event occurs, we can call upon our national network of over 1,650 SERVPRO Franchises and special Disaster Recovery Teams if we need additional resources or personnel. Flood and storm damage require specialized equipment and restoration techniques. We can respond immediately to storm and flood conditions. When a disaster occurs in Detroit, Hazel Park, Royal Oak, Madison Heights, or Warren, we are here to help. Call us today, (248) 556-4200!

25 Restoration Terms Defined

11/29/2020 (Permalink)

Restoration Terms - image of green SERVPRO truck outside of home 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/

Quickly Identifying and Remediating Mold in Your Home

11/29/2020 (Permalink)

Identifying Mold - image of mold on ceiling This is mold from water damage on a ceiling. SERVPRO of Hazel Park has the resources & personnel to help get your home or business back together

Identifying Mold & Mildew In your House

Quickly Identifying and Remediating Mold in Your Home

Mold causes the deterioration of organic matter. Dampness creates ideal conditions for mold, and it feeds off of organic materials such as drywall, wood or cloth. After water damage has occurred, mold can begin growing in as quickly as two days.

This means that standing water needs to be removed and cleaned up as soon as you notice it. This eliminates the ideal growing conditions that allow for mold to take root.

You should always hire a company, like SERVPRO of Hazel Park, that has undergone extensive training and is certified in IICRC-the most trusted certification for mold removal.

Their training includes the ability to:

– Determine where water is coming from
– Identify the presence of mold
– Ensure mold does not spread any further
– Remediate mold
– Utilize thorough drying techniques to ensure mold does not return
– Restore property or advise on methods necessary to do so

Identifying the Mold

Mold has no set appearance and it can be any number of colors, including black, gray, white, green or pink.

One sure sign is visible identification of mold. But if the mold is unusual-looking you might not even realize what you are seeing. Mold can form in clusters or spots and it can grow in places you may not be able to see.

Determining the Presence of Mold

Our experts can find mold wherever it may be hiding. They know which signs to look for to determine if mold is present. These include:

– Visible signs of mold
– Musty odors
– Humid conditions
– Signs of long-term dampness
– Stained or discolored floors and walls
– Peeled paint and bubbling wallpaper
– Warped walls and bowed supports
– Damp surfaces

What Causes Mold?

Mold is likely growing in your home if you have moisture there. Many types of moisture problems can lead to mold growth. These include damp clothing, leaky pipes, roof leaks, a lack of ventilation, floods, water in the basement, and condensation.

Locally Owned Company with Valuable Resources

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

3 Reasons to Hire a Professional Fire Restoration Company Like SERVPRO

11/29/2020 (Permalink)

Fire damage Residential is the leading property type for fire deaths (75%), fire injuries (77.1%) and fire dollar loss (43.3%). - FEMA Statistics

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

Your Quick Reference Guide on Water Damage

10/12/2020 (Permalink)

Ceiling 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

Fire and Water Damage Restoration

10/12/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Hazel Park - SERVPRO logo in the rain SERVPRO of Hazel Park is available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year. Our professionals are prepared for the unpredictable.

Fire and Water Damage Restoration

With a heart attack, time is muscle. With fire and water damage, time is home. The more time you lose, the more of your house you will lose. Fire and water damage restoration is a process that must be undertaken immediately to salvage what can be salvaged. And because battling fire requires dousing the flames with water, often you're forced to address both issues at the same time. Rightfully so, firefighters aren't concerned with hardwood flooring or upholstered furniture when fighting a house fire. If your home has suffered fire or water damage, here are a few steps to take so you can get your home back into shape as soon as possible.

Safety First
Both fire and water can cause significant structural damage to your home. Be sure to look for structural damage to walls, roofs, stairs, ceilings, and floors before you re-enter your home, much less begin to assess personal property loss. It's just not worth it. Beware that water damage is often less obvious than fire damage, so be especially careful when re-entering your home. Damage to electrical wiring is another huge concern and, in the case of a natural disaster, even the water coming out of your tap may be contaminated. In all cases, it's best to play it safe and hire a fire and water damage restoration company to assess and approve the structural integrity of your home before you return.

Fire Damage Restoration
Anytime your home suffers a fire of any magnitude, you're in for a big cleanup. The areas directly affected will most likely have to be remodeled and restored to ensure their structural stability. Beyond that, smoke and fire residue present health risks (mostly respiratory), and the smell of a fire can be almost impossible to get rid of. In all cases, clean everything thoroughly to begin with. Use a HEPA vacuum to ensure you capture all small particulates of soot, debris and fire extinguisher residue. After that, be sure to remove all other larger debris from your home. Ventilation is also an important step. Open all windows, and use fans to ventilate the affected rooms to help get rid of the smell. Be sure to clean first, however, as using fans around dust, soot and other fine dusts can cause respiratory distress. Finally, call in a fire and water damage restoration company to do the real dirty work. They have equipment and procedures at the ready that no average homeowner has access to.

Water Damage Restoration
With water damage, the primary concern is drying out your home as soon as possible. Once you've had the structural integrity of your home assessed and approved, do whatever you can to get the moisture out. Vacuum out any standing water with all-purpose vacuums, set up dehumidifiers in the affected rooms, and set up as many fans as possible to speed up the drying out process. Failure to do so can lead to mold, fungus, and mildew problems, all of which will require a major mold remediation project to eliminate the problem. If your home has incurred substantial water damage, be sure to hire a fire and water damage restoration company to come in and tackle the job. Just as with fire damage, the professional have commercial-grade solutions at their disposal, including freezer, cryogenic, vacuum freeze, and vacuum thermal drying techniques to get things back to normal as soon as possible.

Insurance Companies and Water and Fire Damage Restoration
Most homeowners have homeowners' insurance that covers most water and fire damage. Yet, as most people know and too many have experienced, you're better off believing a poker player than a claims adjuster. It's never a bad idea to hire a water and fire damage restoration company to complete an independent assessment and cost estimate. Hopefully, you won't need it, but if legal action becomes necessary, it's a handy document to have in your corner. Alternately, you may find your independent cost assessment comes in underneath the insurance company's. Or, you may find you don't want to return your home to its original condition, lopping off a damaged section or using the disaster as an excuse to complete a home addition. Again, there is no downside in talking to a water and fire damage restoration company, just don't wait until it's too late!

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 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

Why You Should Call SERVPRO of Hazel Park for Sewage Cleanup

10/15/2019 (Permalink)

Pictured here a sewage backup in a business Pictured here a sewage backup in a business. Make sure you call SERVPRO of Hazel Park for any residential or commercial sewage backup you may have.

The Dangers of DIY Sewage Cleanup

If you’re like most homeowners, when faced with a task or question you probably head to the internet for answers…that’s how you found this article! And if you’re dealing with backed-up sewage, it only takes a few seconds of searching to find hundreds of articles describing how to clean-up sewage.

It goes like this:

** Put on some rubber gloves

** Scoop out the waste

** Take some water and bleach solution and apply it to the affected areas

** Let it dry

Most articles will throw out a warning saying “if you’re not sure whether you can do it, or don’t have the proper equipment, it is best to call a professional”. That’s where you would call SERVPRO of Grosse Pointe.

We’d like to throw out another warning!

Cleaning up raw sewage on your own is something you should never do! 
Here’s why:

#1 – It can be hidden. – Any SERVPRO of Hazel Park crew member can tell you stories about customers that decided to clean-up their own feces only to call in weeks or months later complaining about smells and disfigured walls, cabinets, and floors. Sewage will find its way into any and all porous surfaces. Even things like drywall and cabinetry aren’t safe. And it’s not as simple as just spotting the sewage with your eyes. It requires state of the art equipment, which SERVPRO of Hazel Park has, to identify areas that have been damaged by sewage. So unless you have an infrared detection system handy and know how to use it, call SERVPRO of Hazel Park.

#2 – It can be costly. – Times are difficult for everyone and money is tight. It’s easy to justify doing it yourself instead of paying to have SERVPRO of Hazel Park clean and disinfect for you. But today’s shortcut is tomorrow’s nightmare! Again, you’re dealing with a toxic situation that if not handled properly can create very real health dangers for you and your family. Not only that, if not properly mitigated, you could be looking at a serious mold issue in the not so distant future on top of all of the other issues described above. And if you think sewage cleanup is costly, wait until you’re stuck with a bill for mold remediation services! At least your sewage clean-up is covered by insurance…that’s not typically the case if you’ve got mold and it’s the result of you not taking appropriate measures when dealing with the sewage issue that created the mold!


So, if you’ve stumbled upon this article due to a sewage back-up that’s spilled into your home or office, do yourself a favor and call us, SERVPRO of Hazel Park. Our technicians are certified to perform raw sewage cleanup and can provide you with peace of mind knowing the area affected is professionally cleaned.

Locally Owned Company with National Storm Resources

As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Hazel Park is strategically located to respond quickly to your water or flood damage event. When a major storm or flood event occurs, we can call upon our national network of over 1,650 SERVPRO Franchises and special Disaster Recovery Teams if we need additional resources or personnel. Flood and storm damage require specialized equipment and restoration techniques. We can respond immediately to storm and flood conditions. When a disaster occurs in Detroit, Hazel Park, Royal Oak, Madison Heights, or Warren, we are here to help. Call us today, (248) 556-4200!

How To Handle Property Damage From A Commercial Fire

10/15/2019 (Permalink)

When fires damage property, a plethora of environmental and health risks can surface. Business owners should have preventive measures in place that will limit the likelihood of fire damage.

Unfortunately, no business owner is immune from Commercial Fire Damage. When fires damage property, a plethora of environmental and health risks can surface. However, knowing how to handle property damage that results from a commercial fire can help business owners restore their property. Learn more about commercial fires and how you can limit their adverse effect on your property by reviewing the following information:


Commercial Fires: A Brief Overview
When a business's property is subjected to fire damage, recovery can be challenging. Fire threats can come from a plethora of places, including an electrical fire, lightning strike, or an adjoining business. When a commercial fire occurs, the damage can be significant. In some cases, the company cannot continue functioning after the fire. In most cases, this is because the business did not have the proper insurance. Businesses that did maintain business interruption insurance will usually find it much easier to recover from the loss. Because every commercial building is susceptible to fire, it is prudent for commercial business owners to purchase insurance. Business owners must also have preventive measures in place that will limit the likelihood of fire damage. Some of those measures should include:


- Avoiding the storage of flammable materials
- Ensuring that smoke alarms are working properly
- Creating and practicing a fire evacuation plan
- Making sure appliances and machinery are turned off when not being used
- Keeping machinery in working order
- Making sure your backup drives and paperwork are in a safe location


Although taking these precautions can decrease the likelihood of fire damage, it's important to know that no business is entirely immune. Since this is the case, it's important that you develop good working relationships with a commercial insurance attorney as well as an experienced lawyer. These individuals will be able to assist you in the event that a fire takes place.


Conclusion
While a Commercial fire can have an adverse impact on your business, taking, preventive steps can help you avoid unwanted property damage and business-related complications that deplete your finances and productivity. In the event that a commercial fire transpires on your business property, it's important that you gain access to high-quality restoration services. As a remediation company that consistently works with excellence and expediency, you can count on the SERVPRO of Hazel Park professionals to get the job done fast and well. Contact us today to obtain an information-packed consultation!

Locally Owned Company with National Storm Resources

As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Hazel Park is strategically located to respond quickly to your water or flood damage event. When a major storm or flood event occurs, we can call upon our national network of over 1,650 SERVPRO Franchises and special Disaster Recovery Teams if we need additional resources or personnel. Flood and storm damage require specialized equipment and restoration techniques. We can respond immediately to storm and flood conditions. When a disaster occurs in Detroit, Hazel Park, Royal Oak, Madison Heights, or Warren, we are here to help. Call us today, (248) 556-4200!

Disaster Restoration: A Brief Overview

8/21/2019 (Permalink)

Disaster Restoration: A Brief Overview

Unfortunately, disasters can happen quickly and without warning. In the face of a catastrophe, many homeowners find themselves overwhelmed with the reality of putting a restoration plan in effect. In many cases, homeowners attempt to handle these processes on their own. However, it is always prudent to seek out professional assistance when you're ready to begin the remediation process. Learn more about the disaster restoration process and why seeking remediation services from a team of trained professionals is advantageous by reviewing the following outline:


Disaster Restoration: A Brief Overview
While some people believe disaster restoration is as easy as picking damaged items off the ground and putting them back in their place, the process is not so simple. In fact, disaster restoration is a complex process that requires safety precautions, technical expertise, and patience. It also necessitates that one understand how professionals safely sanitize dangerous regions of the house, so they no longer pose health risks or safety issues to house residents. To restore a home following a disaster, experts are able to identify hazards and use safety gear efficiently. Additionally, you must be able to determine which personal possessions are salvageable and which are not.


Following a fire, your air may remain contaminated with carbon monoxide for a few hours or even several days. If you attempt to reenter your home while these dangerous toxins are present, you could risk damage to your respiratory system and lungs. This is one reason why hiring a team of professional remediation specialists is important. These individuals have the proper breathing apparatuses and safety gear necessary to effectively remove and dispose of unstable surfaces and hazardous materials.


Disaster Restoration And Water Issues
Floods and fires involve water and can thereby precipitate the onset of damage from toxic mold. The regions of the home that have been impacted by water or water damage need to dry uncovered to prevent the accumulation of mold. Standing water will also need to be removed to prevent mold and insect growth.


Conclusion 
Although you may be tempted to handle the disaster restoration process yourself, doing so can pose many health risks and safety issues. Instead of taking these risks, call a team of professional restoration experts who possess the knowledge and experience necessary to get the job done fast and well. The best company to call is SERVPRO of Hazel Park. In addition to being licensed by The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification, SERVPRO of Hazel Park professionals are passionate about offering excellent customer service and expediting the remediation process. Call us today, (248) 556-4200, so we can expedite and optimize your disaster restoration process!

Locally Owned Company with National Storm Resources

As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Hazel Park is strategically located to respond quickly to your water or flood damage event. When a major storm or flood event occurs, we can call upon our national network of over 1,650 SERVPRO Franchises and special Disaster Recovery Teams if we need additional resources or personnel. Flood and storm damage require specialized equipment and restoration techniques. We can respond immediately to storm and flood conditions. When a disaster occurs in Detroit, Hazel Park, Royal Oak, Madison Heights, or Warren, we are here to help. Call us today, (248) 556-4200!

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

8/15/2019 (Permalink)

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

Is your Hazel Park Home Prepared for Storm Damage?

8/15/2019 (Permalink)

Severe Weather Ready

There is a time of the year when tornadoes are more prominent than others. That time is often during the spring and summer, possibly in the fall as well. Many people don't have a plan for severe weather that includes tornadoes. With a little careful planning, your family can have an increased chance of staying safe during a storm.

Make A Plan For The Family
Although you need to create a plan, there is something more important that you need to do with your family. You need to practice your plan so that everyone knows where to go no matter what time of the day or night severe weather strikes. Write down all of the important phone numbers of family and friends so that you can stay in contact with them after the storm to ensure that they are safe. Another important number to have is your insurance adjuster. This number is beneficial if there is damage to the home. Companies like SERVPRO of Hazel Park can come to the home to help with water removal and other storm damage that occurs inside the house.

Keep copies of all of your important documents, such as social security cards and birth certificates. You also need to have a way to communicate with others in the event there is no power or phone service. If there is a large group of people in the disaster area, each person needs to know how to contact others. Designate a leader and an assistant to check with others in the area to make sure everyone is accounted for after the storm.

An emergency preparedness kit is something to have so that your family can survive if there is no power or if the family is stuck in the home because of damages from the storm. Items in the kit should last for about 72 hours. Batteries are essential so that you can use your phone, radio or a battery-powered television. You also need flashlights, a gallon of water for each person for at least three days and non-perishable foods. Other items that you might want to include in your kit are blankets, powdered formula for babies, a first aid kit, and clothing. It's also a good idea to have a spare cell phone charger.

Before a storm arrives, if possible, secure items that might blow away. These include chairs and toys that are in the yard. When you are prepared for a natural disaster and the storm damage that could take place, it can help give your family a peace of mind so that they can focus on remaining safe and together. 

Locally Owned Company with National Storm Resources

SERVPRO of Hazel Park is locally owned and operated—so we live and work here too, and are proud to be part of the Grosse Pointe community. We are also part of a national network of 1,650 with special Disaster Recover Teams that can respond with additional resources during catastrophic storms. Call us, we are here to help, 248-556-4200.

3 Reasons to Hire a Professional Fire Restoration Company Like SERVPRO

8/7/2019 (Permalink)

"Residential” is the leading property type for fire deaths (73.2%), fire injuries (76.5%) and fire dollar loss (54.7%).

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

Routine Home Maintenance: What To Do After You Move In

8/7/2019 (Permalink)

Routine Home Maintenance: What To Do After You Move In. Complete these tasks after you move into your new home.

Routine Home Maintenance: What To Do After You Move In

Complete these tasks after you move into your new home.

Written by Master Builders Association

So, you’ve just moved into your brand new home. You shopped around and did a lot of research to find the home that was just right for you. You signed a big pile of documents at closing, the moving trucks have left, all the boxes are unpacked, and all your belongings are in their proper places. What should you do now?

  1. Change your filters

One of the most important things to remember is that you are responsible for certain routine maintenance items to keep your house functioning properly. These tasks tend to be relatively simple. For instance, many types of heating and air conditioning systems contain filters to remove dirt and dust from the air. A homeowner should change these filters when necessary.

  1. Get rid of dust and dirt

Cleanliness is a factor that will make your home last longer and work better. Dust and dirt, if allowed to accumulate, can harm the finishes on blinds, cabinets, countertops, floors, sinks, tubs, toilets, walls, tiles and other items. If dirt does accumulate, make sure to clean it with a substance that does not scratch or damage the finishes.

  1. Check your exterior

On the outside of your home, make sure that gutters and downspouts do not get clogged with leaves or other objects. The exterior of your house is built to withstand exposure to the elements, but a periodic cleaning will improve the appearance and, in many instances, prolong the life of siding and other exterior products.

  1. Read your warranty

When you bought your home, you probably received a warranty from the builder on workmanship and materials. This warranty applies to problems related to the construction of the home, but it does not apply to problems that arise because of failure to perform routine maintenance. For example, if your roof begins to leak after six months because of faulty workmanship, your warranty would cover that. If you develop a problem because water backed up in clogged gutters that you should have cleaned, the builder is not responsible for repairs. Also, some items, such as appliances, may be covered by manufacturer’s warranties and are not the responsibility of the builder.

You should fully familiarize yourself with the terms of your warranty soon after you move into your home. With all the excitement surrounding a move into a new home, most people have little desire to curl up in front of the fireplace and read a legal document. Nonetheless, you should not wait to read your warranty until a problem arises. Set aside an hour to learn what your rights and responsibilities are from the outset.

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 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.

Information Provided by: http://porch.com/advice/routine-home-maintenance-what-to-do-after-you-move-in/

How to Avoid Pricey Homeowners Insurance Claims

8/7/2019 (Permalink)

In this article, learn tips to avoid making a pricey homeowners insurance claim.

How to Avoid Pricey Homeowners Insurance Claims

You don't need to be a pro to be proactive

Sure, that spring breeze wafting through the open windows is nice (unless you have allergies), but wind has a nasty side, too: Wind damage is responsible for about one in four homeowners’ claims, according to Travelers Insurance, making it the most common reason to file.

But wind is far from the only reason homeowners file insurance claims. Travelers tallied up the most frequent—and most expensive—offenders, and the resulting list is surprisingly diverse.

In general, weather-related damage makes up just over 50% of claims. The costliest damage, though, comes from fire, which accounted for almost a quarter of total claim costs. Water damage not related to weather—say your upstairs neighbor’s bathtub overflows, or your hot water heater springs a leak and floods your basement—is responsible for about one in five claims, more than is attributable to weather-related water damage.

While emergencies can strike without warning, insurance experts say there are a number of things homeowners can do to mitigate the risk of damage caused by different events.

Wind Damage

“When houses are exposed to high winds, roofs are most susceptible to damage, followed by walls and openings such as skylights,” said Scott Humphrey, a risk control expert at Travelers Insurance.

Given the prevalence of wind-related damage, your vigilance about the stability of your roof should begin as soon as you buy a home. “Don’t assume that your home inspector will do or did a roof inspection,” said Trulia.com spokeswoman Daisy Kong. Call a professional roofer, who will be able to tell you if your roof has any structural, insulation, or drainage issues.

Look around your property to see what could possibly land on the roof (or your car or your pool while you’re at it). “Falling trees and tree limbs are among the leading causes of wind damage to home exteriors,” said Robert Hartwig, president and economist at the Insurance Information Institute. “Make sure that trees are properly trimmed and that dead trees are removed,” he said—and that goes for any of your neighbors’ trees that hang over your property, too.

If strong winds are in the forecast, bring in your patio furniture and the kids’ toys, Hartwig said—they can easily become projectiles— and if you live in an area that’s prone to hurricanes, you might want to consider investing in storm shutters or tie-down apparatus.

Water Damage

Even if you’re not in a flood zone, a water main break or a nearby flooded body of water could mean water in your house. Mitigate this by being proactive and looking to see which way your yard slopes. “It’s not difficult to have the dirt and grass regraded so it slopes gently away from the house toward the yard instead of into the house,” Kong said. “This can help prevent a flooded basement or first floor of a home.”

There are several upkeep and maintenance items you can check on your own to prevent water damage. Make sure the caulking around bathroom fixtures is intact, check for cracks or wear in washing machine hoses, and watch for leaking valves or flappers in toilets. And make sure you know where the main shut-off valve for your home’s water supply is located, Humphrey advised.

Outdoors, he said, “clear debris from exterior drains and gutters and repair damaged gutters and downspouts” to assure that water can drain safely away from the foundation. Examine the caulking and seals around windows to see if they are tight and not weathered or cracked.

Avoid a flood caused by bursting pipes by taking action before freezing weather sets in. Insulate pipes that are potentially exposed to prolonged cold, and if you’re going away during the winter, don’t turn your heat off entirely. The money you’re looking to save off your energy bill won’t be worth it if you come home to a flooded house.

Fire Damage

Many fires are caused by faulty or damaged wiring. “Checking the wiring is important whether the home is old, recently renovated, or is newly built,” Kong said. You’ll need to hire an electrician to do this, but a step you can take on your own is to check the wires outside your house for signs of damage caused by animals. “Mice and other rodents often chew on electrical insulation.”

In the kitchen, keep the area around your range and oven clean. “Built up food splatter or grease can later ignite when the stove or oven is turned on,” Humphrey warned. In the laundry room, keep dryer vents and lint filters free of build-up that could ignite.

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 water damage emergency. When water damage occurs in Hazel Park, Warren, Madison Heights, or Detroit, we have the resources and personnel to help get your home or business back together. Call us today! (248) 556-4200

**From: http://time.com/money/4291638/avoid-pricey-homeowners-insurance-claims-claims/

10 Tips for Safe Summer Barbecues

7/8/2019 (Permalink)

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.

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: https://abcnews.go.com/Business/ten-tips-safe-summer-barbecues-learn-dos-donts/story?id=13918382

16 Fireworks Safety Tips

7/8/2019 (Permalink)

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

How To Use "Mold Resistant Paint"

7/8/2019 (Permalink)

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

10 Reasons Why Your Basement Is Wet

7/8/2019 (Permalink)

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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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!

Understanding the Process and Reducing Risk During Biohazard Cleanup

12/28/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Hazel Park is certified to remove and cleanup any biohazard situation.

Dissecting Biohazard Cleanup: Understanding the Process and Reducing Risk

By Tim Reifsteck

When compared to a fire or water loss, property damage resulting from a suicide, murder or unattended death poses greater risk and complexity for the adjuster, the biohazard cleanup company, and of course, the policyholder. Many cleaning and restoration companies will offer bioremediation services, but only those that specialize in this area, like SERVPRO of Hazel Park, truly understand the science and intricacies of the bioremediation and decontamination process. In order to minimize risk for the insurance carrier and ensure the safety of the policy holder, it’s important to realize the inherent challenges of bioremediation and the processes and standards that every biohazard cleanup professional must adhere to.

Am I liable for an improper biohazard cleanup?

At some point in their careers, insurance professionals may have experienced sticker shock from a bioremediation claim. How could the biohazard cleanup of a single room cost more than recovering an entirely flooded home? It might be tempting to retain a trusted property damage restoration company at a lower cost, but doing so may put the insurer at risk for a lawsuit.

Consider a recent case where a general cleaning company was hired to sanitize a home after 600 pounds of deer meat rotted in a family’s garage due to a power outage. Following the cleaning, the homeowners reported that the rotting stench still remained throughout the house and that some family members became ill. Experts who were brought in to investigate the situation determined that the enduring smell and sickness resulted from inefficiencies in the cleaning process, such as the failure to seal concrete surfaces.

Why is bioremediation so complex?

Many biohazard situations pose grave health risks to policy holders and cleanup companies because of the potential exposure to bloodborne pathogens. One out of every 24 people has Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C or HIV and these pathogens can survive in a deceased person for a considerable amount of time – up to 16 days after death, depending on the temperature and surrounding environment. Exposure to bloodborne viruses can occur due to direct contact with non-intact skin, accidental injury from biological fragments, inhalation and exposure from splashes of blood or bio fluid to the eyes, nose, or mouth. Considering the health risks, bioremediation specialists must follow stringent employee safety regulations and meticulous decontamination procedures that most cleanup crews are not accustomed to.

Separately, biohazard situations can lead to hidden dangers that an average property restoration technician might not even consider. For example, in a water damage emergency, floor boards and drywall might be removed because they are visibly warped and unsalvageable. Then the rest of the structure can be dried out. In contrast, blood can seep through grout and in-between floorboards, even through subflooring. There is no other way to clean the damage but to remove all affected materials – if new wood floors are installed over the blood spill or if tiles are simply wiped down, the remaining bio matter can spread disease, release odors and further damage the property.

How do I evaluate a bioremediation provider?

To determine whether or not a company is qualified to handle a biohazard situation, insurance professionals need a deeper understanding of proper bioremediation standards and what it takes to fully decontaminate a property. These are the key things to inquire about when choosing a vendor for a biohazard cleanup:

OSHA Compliance – These regulations are in place to protect the biohazard company employees and to prevent injury and potential liability for all involved. All supervisors and field technicians should be trained in the following OSHA programs: Bloodborne Pathogens, Personal Protective Equipment, Hazard Communication, Asbestos Awareness, Heat Illness, Fall Protection, Lift Safety, Lock Out – Tag Out, and Power Tool Safety. A common misstep among restoration companies is that they only comply with the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standards, instead of all the aforementioned areas.

EPA and State Environmental Agency Compliance – The disposal of medical waste must be in accordance with federal, state and/or local regulations. Not all biohazard remediation companies are licensed to transport or store medical waste so it’s essential to understand if/how they comply with the local and national standards. The cleaning company can incur hefty fines if medical waste is not disposed of properly. Also, employees need to be trained in the proper use of cleaning agents – this can be more complicated than it seems, as many agents will become inactive if not measured and diluted properly.

Reporting/Testing – A reputable company should be able to deliver a detailed report which catalogs every step of the cleanup process. This should include photos of the entire process as well, so the policy holder and adjuster understand why some structural materials needed to be removed, what was disposed, why the employees went through a certain amount of protective equipment, etc. They should also have equipment available to check for non-visible but active biological fluids and other contaminants so that it is certain when an area is considered disinfected.

Sensitivity Training – Dealing with a flood or fire can be extremely traumatic, but it does not compare to the loss of loved one. During these traumatic situations, the family members often stay at home so it is imperative that the workers in their home are compassionate and considerate. The biohazard cleanup specialists at SERVPRO of Hazel Park 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 eliminate alarming language from their vocabulary and speak empathetically with the policyholder.

When it comes to biohazard remediation, there is no quick solution. The fact that there are no laws protecting policy holders through a biohazard cleaning process puts the responsibility on the insurance carrier to work with bioremediation specialists who follow strict safety standards and cleanup procedures. If the insurance carrier directs the cleanup process and even one of the above points is neglected, they might be held liable for any further health and property damages resulting from the improper cleanup. It is important to remember that you can’t put a price tag on the peace of mind that a policy holder needs after a traumatic crime or death occurred in their home or place of business.

Locally Owned Company with Valuable Resources

As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Hazel Park is strategically located to respond quickly to your water damage emergency and your mold cleanup. When there is mold in a home or business in Grosse Pointe, Harper Woods, Hazel Park, Warren, or Madison Heights, we have the resources and personnel to help get your home or business back together. Call us today! (248) 556-4200

Information provided by: http://www.claimsjournal.com/news/national/2013/10/22/238753.htm

Some Helpful Tip Prior to The Arrival of SERVPRO of Hazel Park

12/3/2018 (Permalink)

Here are some helpful tips prior to the arrival of SERVPRO of Hazel Park Here are some helpful tips prior to the arrival of SERVPRO of Hazel Park!

Here are some helpful tips prior to the arrival of SERVPRO of Hazel Park

Emergency Water Damage Tips

  • Shut off the water source if possible.
  •  Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks under furniture legs.
  • Hang furs and leather goods separately at room temperature.
  • Remove Oriental or other colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Do not use a regular vacuum to remove water.
  • Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of areas where ceilings are sagging from retained water.
  • Do not leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpeting.

 Water Damage Services

  • Emergency Response: Reduce Loss Severity/Pretesting for Restorability.
  • Contents Cleaning Specialists: On-Site or Move Out.
  • Structural Restoration Services.
  • Large Loss Completion with Trained Crew Leaders

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 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

Spring Cleaning Is Around The Corner

3/27/2018 (Permalink)

Spring Cleaning Is Just Ahead!

SPRING CLEANING IS AROUND THE CORNER

Even though it is only March….It is not a bad time to start thinking about Spring Cleaning. Below is a great article about spring cleaning tips and how to get it done fast.

Spring Cleaning Tips – Get Your Spring Cleaning Done Fast!

By Meredith Maloski

It’s dirty work but someone has to do it and I’m willing to bet your the designated person (I know I am) but don’t spend more time cleaning then you have to! Follow these spring cleaning tips to get your chores done fast.

Alright, so we all know that we have to do spring cleaning on our house if we want our house to be clean and less stressful. If you are like me then some of the cleaning gets put off a bit in the winter with the rationalization the we have to be able to open the house up some to really get our house clean.

No problems. It is soon to be spring so we have to do the dirty work now. No more procrastinating. We can get fresh air in our homes and get our house clean but don’t spend more time then you need to.

So without further ado here are some spring cleaning tips to get your housework done fast.

  1. The first spring cleaning tip is to make a list of what you want to accomplish.For me this makes my work go super quick.

Why you ask?

Good question!

When you make a detailed list of what you want to accomplish you will spend way less time wondering around your house doing this or that’s. You need focused effort when doing spring cleaning or it will take forever.

So how do you make your spring cleaning checklist?

Well the first thing you need to do is to walk around each room and look at what you have not cleaned in a while. This includes fans, under couches, walls, etc. Don’t forget the corners at the ceilings.

A great way to get cobwebs is simply with a broom. A broom will reach up to the top of the wall with no problem so that means no climbing for you.

Go through each room and make a checklist of what you need to accomplish that way you can systematically go through each room and get it done.

When you try to do spring cleaning without a checklist you will end up going from thing to thing without ever really finishing your first job.

  1. Another tip for spring cleaning is to make sure you use the right cleaners for the job.

A common mistake made when cleaning (and I used to be guilty of this too) is that we use one or two multipurpose cleaners to clean everything in the house. As far as spring cleaning tips goes this is important because using a multi cleaner for everything means that you will be spending way to much time scrubbing when you do not need to.

So what kind of cleaners should you be using for your spring cleaning?

You want to make sure that the cleaners you are using are the appropriate ones for the job. For example, if you are cleaning the bathroom you should be using a bathroom cleaner that is made for soap scum. If you are not then you are going to be spending way to much time getting your shower clean.

If you are trying to get your floor back to it’s original color make sure you use a floor cleaner and actually use a scrub brush instead of just a mop. You will spend less time spring cleaning your kitchen floor with a scrub brush then you would trying to get it sparkling clean with a mop and it will come out nicer.

  1. In the list of spring cleaning tips is painting your walls.

Technically this is not cleaning but painting your walls is an easy, inexpensive way to really make your house shine and it is perfect to do in the spring because you need to be able to have your windows open to paint.

If you would like your house to have a light airy feel to it choose a light color. If you have found a darker color that you absolutely love then paint one of your four walls with the darker color and the rest a lighter color. The contrast will be stunning.

  1. The best of the spring cleaning tips is to learn how to clean your house fast.

When you have mastered how to speed clean your house then your spring cleaning chores will be done lickity split and you will have plenty of time to enjoy the spring weather instead of getting your house back up to par.

I learned how to my house fast from a great book on speed cleaning [http://speedcleaninginfo.com] so my spring cleaning chores are finished in a fraction of the time it used to take me to do them, so now I have more time to enjoy the things I love doing, not dread doing.

Not only that but since I learned the art of speed cleaning my home, I no longer have to dread unexpected guest arriving or spend all day everyday cleaning my house the rest of the year either.

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 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

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Meredith_Maloski

Hoarding - Not Your Typical Restoration Job

2/22/2017 (Permalink)

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. 

 

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 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!

 

*Information provided by: http://www.randrmagonline.com

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

7/26/2016 (Permalink)

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

SERVPRO® Named to Entrepreneur’s Top 10 Franchise List for 7th Consecutive Year

2/5/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO® Named to Entrepreneur’s Top 10 Franchise List for 7th Consecutive Year

SERVPRO®Named to Entrepreneur’s Top 10 Franchise List

for 7th Consecutive Year

Cleanup and restoration franchisor retains top ranking in restoration services category and climbs to #4 ranking overall in the 2016 Franchise 500 rankings 

Grosse Pointe Farms, MI (Grassroots Newswire) January 19, 2016 - SERVPRO®, a cleanup and restoration franchise company, maintains its hold on the top ranking in the Restoration Services industry for the 13th consecutive year and moves up to the number four spot overall in the 2016 Franchise 500 rankings from Entrepreneur magazine.* This is the seventh consecutive year SERVPRO has been included in the magazine’s Top 10 list, standing out in a group of more than 951 franchises that qualified for inclusion in the list.

Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500 selection process uses “objective, quantifiable measures of a franchise operation” to help would-be entrepreneurs identify franchise investment opportunities. Some of the most important factors considered by Entrepreneur in developing the list each year are “financial strength and stability, growth rate and size of the system.”

“It’s exciting to be part of a dynamic organization that continues to grow and strives to always provide superior support for its franchisees, and by extension its customers,” said Mentor Hyska, owner of SERVPRO of Hazel Park. “The recognition that the company earns year after year in this prestigious list is confirmation of a commitment to excellence that starts at the top and is evident in the service that each franchisee provides to each and every customer.”

According to Hyska, a number of differentiators set SERVPRO apart from the competition and fuel the attractiveness of the company to both existing franchisees and would-be entrepreneurs looking for a strong business opportunity. Key among these are:

·         SERVPRO’s strength as a brand with a national footprint, wide-spread market penetration, laser-focused brand messaging, and the ability to create national partnerships with organizations such as the PGA TOUR and the American Red Cross.

·         SERVPRO’s commitment to being a learning organization, which keeps training and support at the forefront of the company’s culture and philosophy of success and helps franchisees plan, track, and deliver best-in-class services to consumers.

·         SERVPRO’s focus on continued development and support for proprietary software and systems to allow the company’s operational capacity to keep pace with an aggressive growth strategy.

Sue Steen, SERVPRO Industries, Inc., chief executive officer, adds, “One of the potential pitfalls of growing too quickly is outpacing your capacity to train and support the franchisees. SERVPRO® is a conservative company, and early on we took the time to build a strong system and put the building blocks in place to support growth without sacrificing support to our franchisees.”

“Today,” Steen continues, “as a mature franchise organization with more than 1,700 locations under a single brand, recognition like this makes it clear we are reaping the rewards of having laid a solid foundation and a framework to handle quick growth. As our brand continues to grow, we will continue our winning strategy of supporting and improving upon our infrastructure and investing resources in training and support.” 

SERVPRO® specializes in fire and water cleanup and restoration services, helping both commercial and residential customers recover from property damage emergencies “Like it never even happened.” For more information about SERVPRO® of Grosse Point, contact Mentor Hyska at (313) 882-5499 or SERVPRO9707@comcast.net. For more information about SERVPRO®, please visit www.SERVPRO.com.

*http://www.entrepreneur.com/franchise500

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