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Did you know that MOLD can come in a Rainbow of colors?

1/3/2022 (Permalink)

Mold can come in a rainbow of colors. I did not realize this fact until I started researching. I found this very interesting and I think you will too. There are thousands of types of mold. Many you have never heard of before. Normally we talk about the most common mold to keep it simple.

*Orange Mold- Serpula lacrymans. (Referred to as dry rot) a very fast growing mold that affects wood. Eventually, this will cause severe damage to the wood.

*Blue mold- Penicillium mold. Can be found on walls and food.

*Pink Mold- Yes, the color you find in your shower area. It’s best to clean your shower often to prevent this mold.

*Green Mold-This is the most common color of mold.

*Yellow Mold- (Aspergillus). Could cause health effects.  

*White Mold-can be one of a few different types of mold.

*Brown Mold-is another color that could be of several different mold territories.

*Red Mold-Can be found on drywall or particleboards, more than likely associated with water damage.

*Black Mold-the color most people get very nervous about. A bit of good news. Not all black mold is toxic.

*Purple Mold-this is not a color you will often see, however, more than not, it would most likely be associated with toxic black mold. Stachybotrys Chartarum.


Careers in water can be exciting. Here at SERVPRO it is just the opposite!

11/29/2021 (Permalink)

If you love water, do you know how many cool jobs involve water, water, water!

Let’s name a few.

*Aquaculture worker-Instead of being a farmer on land you would be raising fish and shellfish. How fun!

*Commercial Diver-Taking pictures of underwater life. Repairing equipment or structures. That is just the beginning.

*Hydrologist-They study everything there is to know about the water from pollution to floods and making sure there is enough water supply.

*Marine Biologist-They conduct studies in a controlled atmosphere or in natural habitats to analyze the reproduction and certain patterns of marine life. (I think this is my favorite!)

*Oceanographer-This person specializes in the deep sea. They specifically study the ocean and how it may affect climate and weather.

There are a few more jobs that you could research that you may not be in the water all the time but will be surrounded by it. Captain, deck hand or lifeguard. Unfortunately, in our business water more times than not, is not accompanied by good news, or wanted. Call your local SERVPRO even if you are not knee deep. Any water is a potential problem.

Avoiding a Thanksgiving Fire and staying safe.

11/24/2021 (Permalink)

Turkey. pumpkins, orange, wheat These pretty pumpkins represent what I am Thankful for. Do you agree?

Would it surprise you to know that Thanksgiving Day the risk of starting a fire goes up by 300 %? Through my research, that’s what I read. Wow! That’s concerning! Let me give you a few tips on what we all can do to avoid this kind of disaster.

*Never walk away from the stove or any other appliance you are using, such as fryers. It only takes a second for a spill or grease to hit the flame.

*As much as we would like to put the turkey in the oven to cook and leave to go get something you may have forgotten or need, it is not wise! Stay in the home.

*Make sure your smoke alarms are working before you start cooking. As an experienced cooker, there are always a lot of dishes to be prepared at the same time and we can get easily distracted.

*Keep towels, foil, paper of any kind away form the stove. Anything that could reach the flame.

*Do not overwhelm your outlets. Be aware if you have an outlet that is not working properly or an appliance. Do not use it. It is not worth it.

*Never leave children alone in the kitchen, they are curious and hot pans or reachable items could cause a dangerous situation that is avoidable.

*When cooking spills on a floor can cause a slip. Be sure to clean the area and make sure it is dry.


Call 248-246-0790 and ask about an ERP! (Emergency Ready Profile)

11/22/2021 (Permalink)

I have learned in this business above all, expect the unexpected. Before I came to work for SERVPRO I did not give much thought to the everyday occurrences of the different types of losses that go on in this industry. Old or new structures, there is no difference when it comes to a loss caused by failure due to failing pipes, electrical, weather or human error. I can not stress enough the importance having a company like SERVPRO to call upon in an emergency. Our company is a 24 hour service with trained techs on call. Call today and ask about our ERP. (Emergency Ready Profile) We can provide you with a sense of control knowing you have a source of expertise you can turn to.


Commercial Property is it worth the investment? You decide.

11/17/2021 (Permalink)

I always say, it takes a certain person to own and manage any Commercial Property. You would need to posses a strong desire to succeed and have money to invest. But the biggest investment is your time. In my thoughts as I pass by these buildings and companies, I have often wondered, what is takes. Do they ever get tired of such a massive responsibility? Or are they genuinely happy with their choice?

Key points to Yes or No of owning Commercial Property.

The reasons to say yes.

  • The obvious. Increased income.
  • Building relationships with the professional community.
  • Depending on what you put into your investment could potentially have added value to your property when it comes to selling.

The reasons to say No.

  • You as the property owner will pay any damages that occur on or within the structure. (Such as a roof)
  • Commitment to large amounts of time from personal life.
  • Looking for professional help.
  • The initial investment payment up front.
  • The biggest reason to say NO for me is the RISK. Vandals, slip and falls, if a car hits another car in the parking lot to name a few.

Owning Commercial Property can be a dream for some, and a nightmare for others.

Worst Storm in History

10/15/2021 (Permalink)

Homes destroyed, wood everywhere, belongings destroyed Galveston Texas Number 1 on the list of worst storms in US History.

I came across an article a few weeks back and found some information on some of the most devastating storms in the US. Had me thinking to look up what storm has been the worst in US history. According to my research Galveston Texas September 8th, 1900 was the worst natural disaster with winds at 135 MPH. Leaving 8,000-12,000 lives to perish. It is said that complacency among the towns people played a role to some degree, that the people were warned it was coming. All storms are categorized between 1-5. Five being the worst. This storm was considered a four. I thought, back in those days the houses and most businesses were not built as strong as they are now. What could the people have done to prepare for a storm of this magnitude? I would think…NOT MUCH.

The face behind the Oak Park Ferndale SERVPRO Website.

10/7/2021 (Permalink)

Marketing Rep, Smile Tracy, Marketing Rep. Oak Park Ferndale SERVPRO location. Here at SERVPRO WE THANK AND APPRECIATE ALL OF YOU!

I would like to introduce myself. My name is Tracy and I am the Marketing Representative for our SERVPRO location Oak Park/Ferndale. All SERVPRO franchises are individually owned and operated. I started working for the company on October 17th of 2020, my one year is coming up. It has been a year of new beginnings for me. I was a little nervous about writing blogs for a restoration company, there was so much to explore. Through all the research and personal learning I am now at a place of comfort of my continued effort to give you the best information and photos that represent the hard working individuals of SERVPRO’S team and to let you know, you are not alone when it comes to having a loss of any kind. We are all in this together working towards a happy and satisfying outcome!


Tracy, SERVPRO Oak Park/ Ferndale

Fall soup recipe

10/5/2021 (Permalink)

tortellini,sausage,tomatoes,spinach, This delicious soup is more like a meal. I suggest you make this a must try!

Who’s interested in making an easy, delicious slow cooker soup? (or crock pot) Raise your hand! Fall is here, let the soups begin! I found this recipe, made it, oh was it yummy! The best part, the soup was waiting for me when I walked in the door!

There are only 6 ingredients.


1 package of 8 (Oz.) cream cheese


3 cups of fresh spinach

Canned goods

2 (15 Oz.) cans of diced tomatoes

4 cups of vegetable or chicken broth

Pasta or Grains

1 (20 Oz.) bag of cheese tortellini frozen


1 lb. Italian sausage

Of course, you can always double or triple the recipe for a large family get together or alter any ingredient as you wish.

I hope you enjoy!

I love farmhouse projects and this is one of my favorites!

10/5/2021 (Permalink)

cream pumpkins, metal bucket, Wheat stems, cotton ball stems You don't have to be an avid crafter to make this beautiful farmhouse arrangement for your home. Have fun with it, you may surprise yourself!

I personally do not watch much TV, I enjoy making projects that I know I will love to look at in my home. It does not have to be expensive and I look for the best prices around. You don’t have to be a crafter either, you can MAKE IT! TRUST YOURSELF! I made something very similar to this beautiful bucket. With the holidays, you can change different items to go with the theme. I leave mine just the way it is for the most part. If I want to add more color or change the flowers, I will do that. I bought these exact pumpkins in the cream in two different sizes, I believe at Hobby Lobby. Most of the places I shop in to find these treasures instead of online is Michaels, Hobby Lobby, Dollar store, Marshall’s, Home Goods and TJ Maxx. Happy Crafting!

Through research these 2022 decor trends are the new look.

10/5/2021 (Permalink)

Green couch, Wallpaper walls, gold wood and white fabric chair According to the top designers on the internet we see an example of what to expect as the New Decor Fashion for 2022.

When it comes to décor and color palettes I will confess, this is a subject that makes me excited. The thought of putting all the elements together and seeing the final outcome is satisfying. As a former salesperson in the Marble industry these trends are something that I notice right away. I did do some research for 2022. Here are some examples of what will be the “new in” for the up in coming year.








*Nature Brown




*Gold Metals








Light Wood on Floors, Art, Glass and a very Minimalistic, Natural feel to the space is what we will be seeing more of. 

Trends always make their way back from one time period or another but mixed together in different ways to give us something new and fresh to look at. Just painting a wall can make a fresh atmosphere. I painted my living room a Buttercream color 2 years ago. Who knew?!