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My favorite! Amazing!! I had to share!

6/22/2022 (Permalink)

Cucumber, Avocado, sesame seeds A very simple salad to toss together. You can add fish or chicken if you'd like. It is delicious! Enjoy!

Sesame Cucumber and Avocado Salad

  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil, plus more to taste
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar, plus more to taste (see notes)
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds, plus more for garnish (see notes)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar, plus more to taste
  • 1 ½ teaspoons soy sauce OR tamari, plus more to taste
  • ½ teaspoon red-pepper flakes, plus more to taste
  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 1 pound cucumbers (such as Persian or English), trimmed and thinly sliced
  • 2 green onions, trimmed and thinly sliced
  • Coarse salt and ground black pepper

In a small bowl, combine the sesame oil, rice vinegar, sesame seeds, sugar, soy sauce and red-pepper flakes. Add 1 tablespoon of water and whisk until blended. Taste, and adjust seasonings. (Dressing should taste acidic, a little sweet and a little salty.)

Halve the avocados and discard the pits. Using a small paring knife, carefully score the avocado flesh into ½-inch cubes, avoiding cutting through the skin. Use a large spoon to scoop out the avocado flesh, as close to the skin as possible, into a large bowl. Add the dressing; toss gently. Add the cucumbers and green onions and toss everything together. Season with salt and black pepper, top with more sesame seeds, and serve immediately.

What months are the most common for storms?

6/21/2022 (Permalink)

Ever wonder when storms our most likely to occur throughout the year? You will have a better idea on how to prepare if you know the pattern of behavior. Storms can come at any time, but to my surprise April, May and June are the most active Months. Growing up in Michigan I honestly thought July and August were the hottest most humid months of the year. My Michigan people, do you agree? The main components to a thunderstorm are rapid rising warm air and moisture. By the way, today is officially the first day of summer. June 21st and will end on September 22nd.

*Interesting Facts*

A Texas storm in 1995 poured hailstones as large as softballs. 16,800 people lost power. It was reported that within 1 hour, some of the roads in Fort Worth were buried under 2 feet of hailstones.

September 2017, Labor Day weekend to be exact. In Northern California a heatwave turned grapes into raisins. The sweltering heat desiccated the moisture from the grapes. It was estimated that wine vineyards lost up to 50 percent of their harvest.

To your advantage in a storm situation, SERVPRO IS HERE TO HELP!

Don't allow your summertime to go up in flames.

6/6/2022 (Permalink)

Summertime is here. The sun is shining, the trees and flowers are coming into full bloom and people want to be outside planting flowers, enjoying activities and getting together. Summer is one of the best times of the year. This time of the year is also when fires are more prevalent due to dry leaves, grass, air. When we are having fun, we tend to get caught up in the moment. Sometimes we don’t realize the potential danger that could cause a fire to get out of control. I would like to share some reminders to keep our parks, trails, forests, animals, homes, and businesses safe.

If you smoke. Never throw your cigarette or cigar (or anything that can be lit) in a wooded area or on dry grass. Please put your Cigarette or cigar out completely and dispose of it in a proper container.

When barbecuing be certain to only cook food in an open and designated area. Please do not walk away from the flames, if you must, have another person watching until you come back. Be certain to always put the fire out completely after you are finished.

The same goes for any fire pits, gas or otherwise.

Keep gas containers on a shelf away from anything flammable. It is best to leave it by itself and store it in the coolest spot away from direct sunlight. Best wishes to all for a safe and happy summer from our team here at SERVPRO of Oak Park Ferndale.

That is the question. Why SERVPRO?

6/3/2022 (Permalink)

water loss, wet carpet, fans, drying School had a large water loss. Our SERVPRO team of technicians came in to get this resolved as quickly as possible.

Why should I choose SERVPRO as my restoration company to call in an emergency? 50 years of experience and being a preferred vendor to most insurance companies is a very good reason. One of the conversations I often have talking with people about our services is many will tell me they will take on the cleaning themselves. You can do that, but, more often than not, a specialist such as SERVPRO will be called in because the situation you thought was solved in fact was not. It is best to call in the  SPECIALISTS. When it comes to cleaning and disinfecting our team is trained in water, fire, mold, bio damage. They know what products to use, how much drying needs to take place and they know when areas need to be contained. The technicians who see these disasters almost daily understand the concern of a loss and are there to give you a peace of mind when you are unsure of the process. Please call SERVPRO of Oak Park Ferndale if you have any questions. 


Summertime and water safety. Where can I call to take a CPR class?

5/4/2022 (Permalink)

Water, sand, family time Summertime at the Beach jumping the waves.

Summer is approaching, the warmth of the sun and hot days draw people to water. Whether it is the pool or a beach we get excited about being in it. As refreshing and cool as the water can be, we must always remember that water can also pose a serious threat when not paying attention or following guidelines. Adults drinking and kids swimming is NOT a good combination. Someone should always take charge of keeping an eye on children. Even the ones who know how to swim. Kids play and sometimes may not realize that their actions could potentially cause another harm. It is recommended that if you have small children they should be taught how to swim and know all water safety rules, (Age appropriate) including to call for help if they see someone else in trouble. CPR classes are highly suggested. For more information on becoming CPR certified call your local:

 American Red Cross, American Heart Association, National Safety Council, EMS Safety Services Inc., American Safety & Health Institute.

How do I know if my commercial building has mold?

5/3/2022 (Permalink)

In a commercial building it may be very hard to detect if any mold has begun to grow in areas of the structure. Always use your nose. Where mold is present, it is a very distinct odor. And it does not matter how long you have worked or lived there you will NOT get used to that smell. I have walked into buildings and immediately knew there was a water loss at one time or there is water or moisture somewhere in the area. Unfortunately, more likely than not. It is in the air. Mold in the air could potentially cause respiratory issues for some. The proper way to keep your commercial premises safe, is to inspect areas often that could contain moisture or hidden water. Repair any water leaks or damage as soon as you detect it. The HVAC system coils should be checked regularly. Pans, or any other areas in the system that could be plugged up can cause moisture, that is a breeding ground for mold. Also, the location of the HVAC is important. Air coming in from areas with standing water or garbage dumpsters could cause an increase in fungal spores. Bottom line. If you can smell it. It’s present. Call your local SERVPRO. We are the experts in mold removal.

Commercial Building Inspection is Necessary

5/2/2022 (Permalink)

A Commercial building inspection is very important to the safety of the structure and all employees. Weather plays a very significant role on a building because of the everyday elements of wind, rain, moisture, storms, and tornadoes. Depending on what state you live in, there are different requirements that inspectors need to mandate to ensure that the premises are structurally sound. You can google a printable checklist online. However, it is best to call the building inspectors office and find out if they have a specific list they use for your area and location. The more you know, the more you can be prepared for what to expect. Inspections can be a time of frustration for some Commercial building owners because of the time and detail and what may need to be replaced or fixed. It is however, better to be safe than have a disaster to deal with that could cost you much more than time.

A short example: Commercial Inspection

5/2/2022 (Permalink)

Commercial Building Structures include:

*Manufacturing Buildings



*Townhomes/Apartments Complex’s {to name a few}

~Exterior and Interior Inspection are equal in importance. I will share with you a few of the main elements of a Commercial Building Inspection.~

*Do you have Fire Protection? Exits?

*Are Heating and Plumbing systems working properly?

*Do you have proper Ventilation and Air Conditioning?

*Does your Roof surface need to be updated?

*Is your Structural Frame in good condition?

*Is the Mechanical and Electrical up to code?

*Are your Utilities, landscaping, paving in good condition?

~Whether you are buying or already occupying the property, it may take some time to get through all the requirements on that list before you can acquire an approval from an inspector or the team of inspectors that have an expertise in a specific trade.~

Safety is our first priority

3/7/2022 (Permalink)

Mask, protective clothing, gloves, thumbs up. Technician suited up for protection from the elements of an unsanitary situation.

In the Industry of Restoration there are many safety precautions we need to take for the customer and the Technicians. The crew is constantly up against some very unsanitary elements such as mold, biohazard materials as well as soot from smoke that can be inhaled during the cleaning process. SERVPRO Technicians know the rules of wearing protective clothing, gloves, proper shoes and face masks. This is why SERVPRO is a preferred vendor to many insurance companies. We take what we do seriously and are in the business to give you a piece of mind once we are gone. As you can see our Technician is covered in the correct gear for his protection in the area of concern. If you are considering a job in SERVPRO Restoration you can be sure that the owners are on top of making sure their employees are well equipped with the protection they need.

Melting snow that turns into water is VITAL!

2/14/2022 (Permalink)

I could guess, many have never thought of snow turning into water as being essential. We have a more pessimistic outlook when it comes to the cold weather and falling snow. Personally, it is one of my favorite seasons. I know, I get the odd looks when I mention that fact.

Snowmelt is equally as important as rain. This liquid that runs into oceans, lakes, and streams help to supply freshwater to all of us, as well as animals and plants. Think of it as a replenishing process. Like rain it provides the ground with new life to aid in the process of new growth. Of course, as with all things, an excess of water from this precipitation could cause flood water as well. An even balance is what we always hope for. As we have learned year after year, mother nature always seems to have an unknown plan.

Today I prefer to share with you the positive important role that water from melting snow provides. In the hope that we all can understand that without the cold months and the white fluffy stuff that falls from the sky we wouldn’t have enough of the fluid we need to assist us in maintaining a healthy environment.