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SERVPRO Oak Park/Ferndale fire Clean Up.

3/26/2021 (Permalink)

Debris of a devastating fire. A fire in a home that our SERVPRO technicians were on site immediately after we had the clearance to go in and start the cleaning process.

If you have never experienced seeing the aftermath of your belongings after a fire the shock of it all, is immense.

SERVPRO Restoration is your 24 hour on call company to contact when you are in need of a complete post clean up. It is a tedious process sorting through all the debris hoping to find anything that may be salvageable or precious to you. Our company maintains a high standard of caring and understanding of one’s property in this situation.

Our technicians are trained, qualified and certified in fire damage from start to finish including containment of all possessions that are left behind.

Communication between the owners, staff, and crew before heading out to the job is imperative to bringing all the correct equipment to the job site and maintaining a proper timeline through the process to insure we get you through this as quickly as possible.

SERVPRO has professional guidelines all techs are required to mandate on site. A home or commercial fire is a very emotional time for anyone who is involved. We suggest you look at our website. There are suggestions and years of experience to read about to put you at ease in making the right choice to make the call. Let us help you in your time of need. Our mission is to make it "Like it never even happened."

Please call our office at 248-246-0790 IF THE CALL COMES IN AFTER HOURS WE HAVE A CALL FORWARD SYSTEM TO GET BACK WITH YOU.

Have you ever heard of a Fire Triangle? Along with a Fourth ingredient called Tetrahedron.

3/3/2021 (Permalink)

A 3 sided triangle with the 3 elements of a fire. Heat, Fuel, Oxygen. "The Three Elements of the Fire Triangle"

Let’s take a look at the three (representation of the triangle) elements that are in fact the reason for a blaze to get started and out of control. Without the mixture of these components the fire can not survive.

*Heat

*Fuel

*Oxygen

Which = a firestorm.

The first facet is HEAT which may be the most essential, for without the high temperature fire can’t ignite.

The second is FUEL which is anything that can be a feeder such as wood, fabric, paper, chemicals. If there is no source. There is no fire.

The third is OXYGEN. Flames need this ingredient to start and continue to burn. In the case of a smaller fire, it’s suggested to use a fire extinguisher, dirt, sand, or a non flammable blanket or a cooling agent such as water to prohibit the release of oxygen.

The four sided geometric characterization is the fourth added component. Or “D” classification.

*Fire Tetrahedron

This = Chemical Reaction

These fires involve metals.

*Magnesium

*Titanium

*Lithium

In this situation water will only magnify this combination. Firefighters need to use an agent such as sand to suffocate the flames.

Fire can be one of the most devastating scenarios one can encounter. Being aware of our daily habits and continual safety practices we can avoid such a tragedy.

*TIPS*

Don't walk away from your stove when cooking.

Any electrical outlets that are showing wear should be replaced.

Unplug all small appliances, curling irons or the like when not in use.

Only burn candles in rooms you are in and blow them out when feeling tired before you fall asleep.

Smoking and ashtrays should stay outside in the open area. (They are stinky!) 

SERVPRO is the company with the experts in fire restoration. With over 1,800 locations across the US.  SERVPRO will be there in your time of need.

Stay safe.

Winter Weather can cause Ice Dams. You may ask. What is an Ice Dam? Is it serious?

3/2/2021 (Permalink)

Yes. It can be very serious. As beautiful as the snow can be with the look of icicles hanging on the edge of the rooftop like crystals from a chandelier, this beauty can be deceiving and cause mega damage.

~Ice Dams are the cause of an accumulation of snow on your rooftop that begins to melt due to the warm air in the attic of a home or commercial structure.

As the snow melts the water runs to the colder edges which are your eaves and gutters and forms large chucks of ice. As the snow and ice continues to melt the water can seep under your shingles and travel.

Water having no where to go could end up in your walls, attic and ceilings.

Signs to look for would be sagging drywall or ceiling. Peeling paint. Spots around your doors or windows. Or an area that is starting to look unsafe. Water can cause wood to rot. Use your nose. If you experience an odor along with this scenario you can be sure mold is beginning to set in.

All seasons have challenges when it come to the elements of nature.

Here are some suggestions that may help prevent ice dams from effecting your abode.

  1. Shingles that are damaged or worn should be replaced.
  2. Gutters that are filled should be emptied.
  3. If you or someone you know can safely get to the top of the build and use a roof rake to remove the snow would greatly help.
  4. Heat cables are also an option as a preventative precaution to very cold temperatures and fallen snow.

If you are unsure whether or not you have an Ice Damn that is cause for concern at your residence or business, call your local SERVPRO.

SERVPRO of Oak Park/ Ferndale: 248-246-0790. We are here to help.

TAKE NOTE: THERE ARE SOME MYTHS ABOUT MOLD

1/28/2021 (Permalink)

TAKE NOTE: THERE ARE SOME MYTHS ABOUT MOLD

As with many conversations one person’s personal experience speaking to another person can lead to misconceptions about what some may believe are facts. Let us go over a few of these untruths so you can understand exactly what you need to do for your situation. It is very important that you contact a MOLD REMEDIATION EXPERT if you suspect you have mold in your home or business.

*Bleach will eradicate the mold.

Unfortunately, this is false. We want to eliminate the source of the mold. Not just kill it. Wiping or spraying the surface with bleach does not take it away. Many surfaces have porosity that mold can hide in. High exposure to bleach can also be harmful. Chemicals that get into the air could undeniably cause health issues such as, trouble breathing among other symptoms. Getting to the inside of that surface by way of special products by a professional company that has knowledge and experience is the safest way to put an end to mold all together.

*Mold takes its good old time to grow.

This could not be farther from the truth. In all actuality, mold can grow within 24 to 48 hours after exposure of a water disaster, sewage back up or any moisture in hidden areas. The sooner you call an expert, the less chance the mold has time to spread. This time frame is crucial.

*IT IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR MOLD TO GROW AFTER I DRY OUT THE SPACE.

Mold is tricky to say the least. It is imperative to understand that mold can become dormant even after drying that area. Waiting for the right environment to grow again. As mold becomes resilient the possibility of it breaking can spread through your HVAC system and can become airborne to your surroundings. Dormant mold should be concerning to any homeowner or business. People with allergies are particularly susceptible to undesirable reactions.

*FINAL WORDS.

A good analogy regarding mold is similar in how a tree, flower, bush, fruit, vegetables grow. If any of these comparisons are causing an area to be compromised in any way, it is best to pull them out by the ultimate source. The roots.

CALL OUR OAK PARK/FERNADLE OFFICE TODAY-248-246-0790

Why you should Always Use A Certified Restoration Company

10/7/2020 (Permalink)

Puddle of water by SERVPRO logo Water and Mold should always be handled by a Certified Firm like SERVPRO of Oak Park/Ferndale.

A water damage restoration service is the kind of professional that no one wants to call, but when they are needed, it is important not to delay. Homeowners know that moisture is often the enemy, capable of penetrating into just about any space and taking advantage of every little crack and a structural problem. No matter how moisture gets into the building, the response should be the same. Bring in a certified firm like SERVPRO of Oak Park/Ferndale as soon as possible to clean the home, dry it, and ensure there are no lingering health threats once the moisture is gone.

If water has entered the home through a contaminated source, don’t try to handle it on your own. Floods and sewage backflows contain a cocktail of deadly bacteria, viruses, and fungi, and even momentary skin contact can leave a person seriously ill. SERVPRO of Oak Park/Ferndale not only has the tools to eliminate the moisture, but they also have the protective equipment to remain free from harm.

SERVPRO of Oak Park/Ferndale restoration technicians has a lot of technology at their disposal. These include powerful vacuums and pumping systems, high volume air movers, dehumidifiers, heat injectors, moisture meters, and a number of detergents formulated for destroying fungi and other microbial threats. While the technicians work on the building, disposing of compromised materials, and drying the rest, they will also destroy all mold and microbial colonies. This is the only way to ensure a home is safe to live, and a business safe to work in; any other cleaning method is a dangerous gamble.

Call: 248-246-0790

Festivities for Fall 2020

10/2/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo Here to help SERVPRO Of Oak Park/Ferndale is ready for you!

Fall is finally here! Let the festivities begin

With the cool air around the corner, SERVPRO of Oak Park/Ferndale would like to warm you up with a delicious apple pie recipe. Sure to make your home smell delicious and kick off the holiday season. 

Ingredients:

  • Pastry for double pie crust
  • 8 large apples (about 8-10 cups of apple slices or at least 4 pounds)
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Saigon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 tablespoons coarse sugar

Instructions

      Peel, core, and slice the apples thinly. Place them in a large saucepan. Sprinkle the flour, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and lemon juice over the apples. Cook over medium-low heat just until the apples start to soften, about 10-15 minutes. Stir several times during cooking. Spray a deep dish 9” pie plate with cooking spray. Place a rolled pastry dough on the bottom of the pie plate. Trim any excess dough, keeping the dough even with the edge of the pie plate.
    Pour the warm apple mixture into the pie plate. Press down on the apples so that they lay flat and don’t have much space between them. This gives a nice, thick pie! Dot the top of the apples with the butter. Place the second pastry over the apples. Use a knife to trim any excess pie crust, leaving enough dough to tuck the top crust under the bottom crust. Flute the edges of the pie crust to seal. Cut slits in the top of the pie crust or use the tins of a fork to make the letter “A” on top. Use a pastry brush to brush milk overtop the pie crust, which will give the crust a shine. Sprinkle coarse sugar on top of the pie crust. Bake at 425 degrees Fahrenheit for 40 minutes or until the crust is golden brown and the apples are soft. If the crust is browning before you think the apples are softened, cover the edges with foil. Allow cooling to room temperature before slicing. Store in an airtight container.

Enjoy!

October 2020 Breast Cancer Awareness

10/2/2020 (Permalink)

A pink tree with breast cancer awareness ribbons. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month~

Breast cancer is the most common cancer found in American women, except for skin cancers. 

  • Estimated numbers of new cancer cases and deaths in 2020 (In 2020, there will be an estimated 1.8 million new cancer cases diagnosed and 606,520 cancer deaths in the United States.)

A mammogram can often show a breast lump before it is felt. They can also show tiny clusters of calcium called micro-calcifications. Lumps or specks can be caused by cancer, fatty cells, or other conditions like cysts. Further tests are needed to find out if abnormal cells are present. 

Help Support the women in need. We can provide help and hope to women at every step of the breast cancer journey. During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, your donation will help provide a mammogram. Many women cannot afford their annual mammograms, and your support is the way for these women to get the important screening they need. https://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/

Do you Have Mold in Your Metro Detroit Home?

7/9/2020 (Permalink)

MOLD REMEDIATION-

If you have mold in your home or business, SERVPRO of Oak Park/Ferndale specializes in mold remediation. We can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation. 

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise "mold removal" and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy.

Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors. 
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any source of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas. 
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent. 

Call SERVPRO of Oak Park/Ferndale Today:

248-246-0790

IICRC Certified Firm

7/8/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Oak Park/Ferndale is an IICRC Certified Firm-

The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification is what the IICRC stands for. They create standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies.  

IICRC Certified Firm Requirements 

  • Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.
  • Require a technician on all jobs who have been formally trained and passed all required tests.
  • Require continuing education programs to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.
  • Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.
  • Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

Call SERVPRO Of Oak Park/Ferndale Today!

248-246-0790

Caring For Your Belongings After a Fire

7/8/2020 (Permalink)

After a fire tragedy strikes in your home, you can call SERVPRO of Oak Park/Ferndale to help eliminate any extra stress. We know the keys to reducing the damage and helping you save money along with your belongings and responding quickly is the first step.  Our goal at SERVPRO is to save everything we can, and make it "Like it never even happened."

Methods and Options:

  1. Dry Cleaning-For Cleaning Light residues or to pre-clean before we cleaning
  2. Wet Cleaning-Effective method for removing moderate to heavy residues 
  3. Spray and Wipe-For items that can't withstand wet cleaning
  4. Foam Cleaning-Used for upholstery or fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned
  5. Abrasive Cleaning-Is agitation of the surfaces being cleaned
  6. Immersion Cleaning-Contents are dipped in cleaning products

Additional Services Provided for Fire and Smoke Damage:

  1. Move out/Packouts
  2. Electronic Cleanup
  3. Document/Photograph Drying
  4. Contents claim inventory service

Let us Help:248-246-0790