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Water damage signs

4/28/2021 (Permalink)

Water damage can cause thousands of dollars and can sometimes go undetected for a period of time.  It is important to be on the lookout for signs of water damage in your home to protect your investment.  If your home has any of the below signs of water damage, contact SERVPRO of Bloomfield today to schedule an inspection:

  • Rancid smell- Excess moisture and humidity can cause a smell reminiscent of rotten eggs
  • Visible staining- Water damage can cause spot stains around walls and ceiling
  • Sagging walls- Presence of water damage can weaken structure
  • Sudden increase in utility bill- Sign of leaking water
  • Mold growth- Presence indicated wet materials

Do not ignore the signs, call SERVPRO of Bloomfield today at 248-344-0044.  We can help!

Water prevention tips

12/30/2019 (Permalink)

Prevention by proper maintenance can be the key to preventing water damage occurring to your home.  SERVPRO of Bloomfield would like to give you a few key tips for maintaining home to prevent future water damage from occurring therefore potentially saving you thousands of dollars.  Since we all live in Michigan and are familiar with the ever changing weather, the first tip is to keep gutters and downspouts clear and clean at least once every six months.  This is to help prevent ice dams from occurring on roof which can cause water damage both inside and outside of home and should be completed before the first snow fall of the year.  It is also important to keep the vegetation and trees away from the roof and to keep trees trimmed back to prevent leaves from collecting on roof which can ultimately hold moisture against roof.  Another important tip is to know where your main shut off valve for your home which can be crucial if a pipe bursts in your home and can prevent further damage to your home.  We also suggest checking appliances regularly (dishwasher, refrigerator, clothes washer, etc.) for any malfunction or leaks , a small undetected leak can cause thousands of dollars in damages if not addressed and repaired in a timely matter.  It is also extremely important to get yearly roof inspections and monitoring your water bill for any changes that can indicate an issue such as a leak.  Lastly, making sure all materials are dry before doing the reconstruction/repairs as not doing so can cause other problems or mold growth if not properly dried first.  Please call SERVPRO of Bloomfield today at 248-344-0044 to assess any water damages in your home, we are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for your convenience!

Frozen Pipes

12/30/2019 (Permalink)

Prevent Your Pipes from Freezing

  • Disconnect all gardening hoses and install covers on all outside faucets.
  • Keep your house temperature at 68 degrees or higher, even if you're leaving the house for an extended period of time.
  • Open cabinet doors below sinks to allow heat from the home to circulate.
  • Identify the location of the main water valve and the valve on your water heater. (Learning the location of these valves may come in handy during an emergency.)
  • Wrap pipes nearest exterior walls and in crawl spaces with pipe insulation or with heating tape. This can prevent freezing, especially for interior pipes that run along outside walls.
  • Close all windows near water pipes; cover or close open-air vents. Freezing temperatures combined with wind drafts can cause pipes to freeze more frequently.
  • Heat your basement and consider weather sealing your windows.
  • Insulate outside walls and unheated areas of your home.
  • If you plan to be away from home for an extended period of time, shut off water supply valves to your washing machine.

Monitor Freezing Pipe Conditions

  • Allow a faucet to drip slightly (lukewarm water) in order to minimize freezing.
  • The first sign of freezing is reduced water flow from a faucet.
  • Check your faucets for water flow and pressure before you go to sleep and again when you wake up.
  • Check pipes around your water meter, in unheated areas, near exterior walls and in crawl spaces.
  • These tend to be vulnerable to freezing conditions.
  • Identify cold air drafts coming in from a flue or chimney chase and caulk gaps that are near pipes. 

If a Pipe Freezes

  • If a faucet or pipe inside your house freezes, you can thaw it using a good hair dryer. (For safety purposes, avoid operating a hair dryer around standing water.)
  • To thaw a frozen pipe, heat water on the stove, soak towels in the hot water and wrap them around cold sections of the pipes.
  • When thawing a pipe, start thawing it nearest to the faucet. Make sure the faucet is turned on so that melted water can drip out. 

 If a Pipe Bursts

  • Shut off the water at the main valve.
  • If the break is in a hot water pipe, the valve on top of the water heater should be closed.
  • Call a plumber. Keep an emergency number nearby for quick access.
  • Call SERVPRO of Bloomfield at 248-344-0044

Flash Floods

12/30/2019 (Permalink)

What is a flash flood?

A flash flood is the rapid flooding of a low-lying geographic area, typically caused by extremely heavy rainfall from thunderstorms. They are the most dangerous type of flood, as they combine the destructive power of a flood with both unpredictability and speed. 

MYTH: Large cars and sports utility vehicles should be able to navigate in deeper flood waters.

TRUTH: Just two feet of swiftly moving flash flood water is enough to float most vehicles - even larger cars and trucks.

MYTH: Flash floods occur only along rivers and streams.

TRUTH: Flash floods can occur nearly anywhere - even in urban areas.

MYTH: Homeowners insurance policies always cover flood damage.

TRUTH: The vast majority of these policies do not cover flood damage.

Call SERVPRO of Bloomfield at 248-344-0044 to assess any water damage in your home

Prepare for a weather emergency

12/30/2019 (Permalink)

We live in Michigan in which tornadoes and severe storms are more likely to occur. Many people don’t have a plan in place for severe weather. With some planning, your family can have an increased chance of staying safe during an unexpected storm.

Although creating a plan is important, practicing it is even more crucial. A severe weather plan needs to be practiced so that everyone knows where to go, no matter what time of day or night severe weather strikes. Write down all of the important phone numbers for 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 that of your insurance adjustor. This number is beneficial if there is damage to the home. Contact us at 248-344-0044, SERVPRO of Novi/Commerce South can come to your home to help with water removal and other storm damage that occurs inside of 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.

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 due to 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 3 days, and non-perishable foods. Other items you might want to include in your kit are blankets, first aid supplies, and clothing.

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 occur, it can help give your family a peace of mind so that they can focus on remaining safe and together.

Christmas fire tips

12/26/2019 (Permalink)

The threat of fire can be hazardous during the holidays and SERVPRO of Bloomfield wants to make sure you and your loved ones are safe.  One of the biggest fire threats that start more then 200 home fires each year is of course the Christmas tree!  Please make sure you keep tree adequately watered and be sure to unplug all tree lights each time you leave home.  A handy tip- give a gentle tug on a branch and if it yields a handful of needles then the tree is very thirsty!  Another holiday risk is overloading your home’s electrical system which can pose a big fire risk.  Be sure to check plugs, cords and wall sockets for signs of damage or excess wear and do not use cords if evidence of damage or sign of smoke-stained outlet.  Also, please be sure to never use indoor-only holiday lights, extension cords or plugs outside in the elements.  Lastly, don’t forget a few important tips if leaving town for the holiday.  Be sure to never ever leave your home without setting the heat at a proper temperature (Especially here in Michigan!).  We also strongly suggest considering turning off your water at the main shut off valve and drain all lines to prevent leaks and keep pipes from freezing if travelling for any extended time.  The best advice would be asking a friend or relative to drop in your home to inspect for any damages while you are away which can give you piece of mind and help you enjoy the holiday without the stress!  Happy Holidays to you and your family from the SERVPRO of Bloomfield!

Emergency fire plan

12/26/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Bloomfield wants to inform you and your loved ones to home fire prevention and safety and learn how to protect your home and family from fire and also what to do in case of a home fire.

The number one prevention rule is to test your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide once a month and replace the batteries at least once a year, optimally twice a year.  Remember they can’t help you if they don’t work!  Smoke detectors belong on every level of home, including attics and basements.  The safest plan for your family is having a smoke detector in each bedroom and sleeping area as well as in the hallways immediately outside of sleeping areas.  It is also important to check fire extinguishers monthly and replace as directed, and to teach yourself and your family how to operate a fire extinguisher and where they are located in your home.  We also encourage your family to create a fire safety and escape plan that outlines multiple escape routes from every room in the home.  Your family should practice the escape plan to ensure everyone knows how to get out of the house in the event of a fire and the escape plan should also include a designated meeting place outside the home.

You and your loved one’s safety is the most important part of any emergency but especially in a fire as seconds can be crucial.  The first thing to do is yell “fire” several times to get the attention of anyone in the home and then to get out as quickly as possible.  Family members should not stop to collect personal items and wait until they have reached safety to call 911.  If doors are closed, touching the door and doorknob to see if they are hot will let people know if it’s safe to open the doors.  To escape from a smoky room, people should crawl as low as possible, since smoke rises.  Once outside, you and your family members should never go back inside.  Please call SERVPRO of Bloomfield at 248-344-0044 if you have any questions or need assistance, we are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. 

Home Insurance Water Damage

12/26/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage is one of the most common causes of home insurance claims.  SERVPRO of Bloomfield has extensive knowledge and experience with water damage home insurance claims and want to help you understand what kinds of water damage are covered by your home insurance.  Each insurance company offers different policies and only your insurance company can confirm or deny coverage,  but we can help you stay informed and know what to expect.  There are many types of water damage that may be covered or excluded on a home policy such as sewer or water back up, sudden or accidental discharge, overflow, flood and pipe breaks to give a few examples.  The answer to what water damage is covered by home insurance is dependent on the source of the damage, the type of policy you have, and if the water damage is accidental and sudden or gradual.  Gradual water damage to home is not usually covered, and although your policy may have water damage coverage, your claim may be denied if the damage is not sudden and accidental even if the issue was undetected (Broken pipe in wall as example).  Gradual damage is when something happens slowly over time and causes damage to your property and is usually caused by lack of proper maintenance.  Some common examples are long standing damage caused by plumbing such as leaky faucets or pipes, foundation issues, roof flashing or deteriorating shingles or tiles, presence of mold growth, and poor repairs or lack of repairs to home.  It is important to keep records of any repairs or maintenance completed over the years to your home and can be important in the event of a water loss.  Also, please review and make sure you understand all the coverages on your policy, and have a good understanding of the exclusions, as well as your responsibilities as a homeowner.  For example, it is usually the homeowner’s financial responsibility to correct the source of the water loss such as fixing a pipe or snaking a drain.   Please keep in mind that each insurance company is unique as well as each emergency loss and only your insurance company can verify coverage.  SERVPRO of Bloomfield is always here to help with any size emergency and can be reached at 248-344-0044

Fall tips

11/6/2019 (Permalink)

The weather is getting cooler which makes it a perfect time to inspect your attic.  You should be checking your attic yearly to spot any problems before they cause significant damage.  Be on the look out for any water staining, mold, animal feces or any roof leaks or wet insulation.  The most important thing to look out for is proper ventilation and insulation.  Take the time to add insulation if needed especially in homes built in the 90's or earlier.  Mold growth can form in the attic if proper ventilation is not installed.  Take action at any sign of rodent activity, avoiding the issue could end up costing yourself thousands of dollars!  Call SERVPRO of Bloomfield today at 248-344-0044 if you need assistance and we would be happy to help!

Insurance claim process

11/6/2019 (Permalink)

We at SERVPRO of Bloomfield know how stressful a water loss can be.  We will walk you through every step of the process so you know what to expect.  We work with every insurance company and will keep them updated during the job process as well as sending the insurance company a complete job file at end of mitigation.  SERVPRO also has national contracts with many insurance companies and we have built relationships with many local insurance adjusters.  Let SERVPRO of Bloomfield do the worrying for you!  We also offer reconstruction for any type of insurance or self pay loss including water, fire, smoke, mold and bio hazard and respond to emergencies 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!  Call someone you can trust, call us today!

Emergency tips

11/6/2019 (Permalink)

Emergencies are very stressful and can severely disrupt your life.  We have listed some tips below that can be helpful to you in an emergency:

Tip #1 - Call SERVPRO of Bloomfield at 248-344-0044, the company you can trust in any emergency! 

Tip #2 - Try to stay as calm as possible, you have called for help and we are on the way!

Tip #3 - Move items that can be saved to a non affected area such as the garage if possible

Tip #4 - Take pictures of the source and damaged items for your insurance company

Tip #5 - Always be aware of location of main water shut off valve

Tip #6 - Be informed of your insurance policy and of any limits such as water back ups

IICRC Certified firm

11/6/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Bloomfield is an IICRC certified firm and we participate in continuing education credits to maintain our certification.  All of our employees are required to take multiple IICRC classes and we are certified in water, fire and smoke, odor, mold and bio hazard clean up.  We have the tools and knowledge to respond to any type of emergency that comes our way!  IICRC teaches our production staff the "science" behind the drying process to ensure the proper steps are completed in the drying process evidenced by our drying log reports.  Classes specialize on each process and includes a test on the last day of class that must be passed in order to earn certification.  Our production staff is certified in AMRT (Applied Microbial Remediation Technician), ASD (Applied Structural Drying), CCT (Carpet Cleaning Technician), FSRT (Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration Technician), OCT (Odor Control Technician), TCST (Trauma and Crime Scene Technician), and WRT (Water Damage Restoration)

Commercial emergencies

11/6/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Bloomfield is the company you can trust for all your commercial needs.  We service emergencies for all your commercial needs for water, fire, smoke, odor, mold and bio hazard including but not limited:

  • Apartments
  • Restaurants
  • Medical offices
  • Retirement Homes
  • Mobile homes
  • Office buildings

We offer commercial carpet and general cleaning services in addition but not limited to emergency water, fire, smoke, mold and bio hazard losses.  We have serviced fire jobs at apartment buildings, water mitigation and mold remediation at senior living centers, and cleaning at restaurants and pharmacies just to name a few! SERVPRO of Bloomfield will provide you insurance certificates for your business upon request and can be trusted with all your commercial needs.  

Don't hesitate, call us today at 248-344-0044!

Emergency Ready Profile

11/6/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Bloomfield knows how important emergencies are to a business and can help minimize damages caused by disasters.  Call us today at 248-344-0044 to schedule an ERP for your company.  Our Emergency Ready Profile is a handbook we make specific to your company needs that stays onsite with you and lists all emergency contacts, locations of shut offs, emergency instructions etc. that is accessible for your staff should an emergency arise.  You can't plan for a disaster but we believe you can certainly be prepared for one!  The ERP is an emergency action checklist focused on most importantly the safety of you and your employees.  It lists all important information pertinent to your business accompanied by pictures and provides an overview of your company's emergency plan, call us to set up an appointment to get started today!

Fire Safety

11/6/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Bloomfield has seen firsthand how much destruction a fire can cause in your home not to mention the mental stress endured.  We want to stress the importance of safety, nothing matters except for you and your loved one's safety.  Please do not enter home after fire under any circumstances until you are given permission from the fire department.  Even if the damage looks minimal to you, the structure has been compromised and fires can often reignite even after they appear to be extinguished.  The next step would be to contact your insurance company or agent immediately.  They can advise you of important steps to take in the hours and days after the fire such as:

  •  Minimizing damage as much as possible including covering windows, doors, etc.
  • Temporary fence install to prevent vandalism and theft
  • Not turning on utilities until fire department clears it
  • Locating temporary housing

Any questions, call SERVPRO of Bloomfield at 248-344-0044

Now what?

11/6/2019 (Permalink)

You have had a fire loss in home and your insurance company and mitigation company is hard at work.  SERVPRO of Bloomfield is here to help, we want to give you some helpful tips during this stressful time.  

  1. Pictures, pictures, pictures.  Take photos of damaged items and make a list of destroyed items accompanied by what you paid for the items
  2. Your insurance company may be able to secure an advance on your future claim to cover replacement items, call your insurance company to inquire.  Keep careful track of your expenses while you are unable to live in home, you will be reimbursed for the difference between your normal living expenses and the extra expenses incurred due to loss of home which could include hotel room
  3. Contact your lender, post office, utility company, and credit card companies to communicate your situation, they also may be able to help you get back on your feet. Also contact your physician to replace lost medication and contact your children's school.  You may also want to notify your local police department that your home is vacant
  4. Replace any vital documents lost as soon as possible including drivers license, passport, marriage and birth certificates, tax records and social security card
  5. There are also disaster relief agencies that may be able to provide temporary help, research to find out if Red Cross, etc. exist in your area

These are just a few helpful tips in the aftermath of a fire loss

Storm damage tip

11/6/2019 (Permalink)

We encourage you to check your home frequently after storms for any sign of damage to both exterior and interior of home.  Wind, rain and trees can cause interior water damage to drywall and insulation as well as exterior damage to roof, siding and exterior pipes to give you some examples.  SERVPRO of Bloomfield can inspect and meter all materials to locate wet materials and addressing issues immediately can save you significant money later down the line.  Let us help you fix small problems before they become large problems!  Call SERVPRO of Bloomfield today at 248-344-0044 to schedule an inspection if you discover any water damage after stormy weather.  Living in Michigan has taught us all to be prepared for any weather that comes our way!

Storm safety

11/6/2019 (Permalink)

In any storm situation the most important thing is you and your loved ones safety.  SERVPRO of Bloomfield have included some safety tips below for extreme weather or tornado conditions.  Stay safe!

  • Listen to the radio for instructions
  • Do not venture outside until it has been declared safe to do so.  The best defense is to stay inside a sturdy building for protection against lightning, large hail, damaging winds, flooding rain and tornadoes.  Stay away from windows and avoid windows and electrical equipment
  • Check on elderly neighbors
  • Do not attempt to drive through flooded streets, only drive if absolutely necessary
  • Do not swim or wade in flood waters
  • Leave or do not enter buildings that have sustained structural damage
  • Keep a fire extinguisher handy at all times
  • Keep pets indoors and use a leash when outside

Typically thunderstorms do not last very long and will most often pass in less then one hour.  Be prepared for when severe weather threatens your area and stay safe!

Water damage restoration

11/6/2019 (Permalink)

What is meant by water restoration?  It is restoring your home to livable, pre-damage conditions that involves water removal, decontamination, and drying.  Call the experts at SERVPRO of Bloomfield today if you have discovered water damage in your home.  It is important to act fast, standing water and moisture create the perfect environment for bacteria and mold.  Some parts of a water damaged home may need to be rebuilt, materials such as drywall and carpet that have absorbed water often develop bacteria and mold that can be removed from materials.  Replacing these items is safer than allowing the infectious organisms to saturate the air.  Affected materials by water that may need to be replaced include:

  • Walls
  • Floors
  • Shelves
  • Drapery
  • Ductwork
  • Clothing
  • Heating and cooling systems

Call SERVPRO of Bloomfield at 248-344-0044 to schedule an inspection today to assess your water damages

Drying process

11/6/2019 (Permalink)

The next step once SERVPRO of Bloomfield has inspected the water damages at your home is to complete the drying process.  The drying process is a scientific process driven by defining the class and category of water damage incurred.  

  • Class 1 - Minimal water damage, part of a room has been affected
  • Class 2 - Damage has affected entire room and absorbed into carpeting and walls
  • Class 3 - Considered worst loss, damage has affected entire room, absorbed into walls and may have come though ceiling
  • Class 4 - Requires specialty equipment drying due to damaged hard to dry materials such as hardwood and stone

Category would be determined after class of loss

  • Category 1 - Clean water source such as toilet tank and clean water source broken pipes.  Cat 1 will turn into Cat 2 or 3 if sits too long 
  • Category 2 - "Grey water" such as washing and dishwasher water containing detergent, toilet overflow with urine
  • Category 3 - Unsanitary water that can cause illness, disease or death such as sewage water

Once class and category have been established, the next step would be to remove any water from your home with pumps and vacuums to prevent any bacteria or mold growth.  We would then set drying equipment to clear any remaining moisture after water removal and can take days to weeks to complete.  Cleaning and sanitizing area would complete water mitigation process after drying goals have been reached.  Your home is now ready for reconstruction and final repairs, call SERVPRO of Bloomfield for all your reconstruction needs!

Mold Damage Tips

1/15/2019 (Permalink)

What you can do until help arrives

In as little as 48 hours, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business when there’s a water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking water line. Mold can cause significant damage to your property. SERVPRO of Bloomfield has the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem.

Have a Mold Problem? 
Call Us Today – (248) 344-0044

If you have a mold problem in your home or business, consider the following facts:

  • Significant mold growth can occur in 48-72 hours.
  • Mold may present a greater risk to children, the elderly, and anyone with respiratory problems.
  • A strong, musty odor may indicate hidden mold behind drywall or under carpeting.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Bloomfield for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

Mold Remediation Services

If you suspect that your home or business has a mold problem, SERVPRO of Bloomfield has the training, equipment, and expertise to handle the situation.

Is your home covered with soot?

1/11/2019 (Permalink)

In addition to fire, smoke, and soot damage, your home may also suffer from water damage as a result of the firefighting efforts. This type of damage can be especially upsetting and destructive for your family to process. You may feel stressed, confused, and vulnerable, so you’ll need a caring expert to guide you through this crisis. We’ll treat you with respect and empathy, and we’ll always treat your home and belongings with care.

SERVPRO of Bloomfield specializes in fire and water damage restoration. We have the specific damage restoration training, personnel, and equipment. SERVPRO of Bloomfield can quickly restore your home to pre-fire condition.

Whatever your fire restoration needs are, SERVPRO of Bloomfield is here to help at 248-344-0044

Fire Prevention Tips

1/11/2019 (Permalink)

  • Prevention Tips 9 Keep all potential sources of fuel like paper, clothing, bedding or rugs at least three feet away from space heaters, stoves, or fireplaces.
  • Portable heaters and fireplaces should never be left unattended. Turn off space heaters and make sure any embers in the fireplace are extinguished before going to bed or leaving home.
  • If you must use a space heater, place it on a level, hard and nonflammable surface (such as ceramic tile floor), not on rugs or carpets or near bedding or drapes. Keep children and pets away from space heaters. 
  • When buying a space heater, look for models that shut off automatically if the heater falls over as another safety measure.
  • Never use a cooking range or oven to heat your home.
  • Keep the fire in your fireplace by using a glass or metal fire screen large enough to catch sparks and rolling logs.
  • Have wood and coal stoves, fireplaces, chimneys, and furnaces professionally inspected and cleaned once a year.

Residential and Commercial Restoration and Cleaning Services

Call Us Today at 248-344-0044

As a trusted leader in the restoration industry, SERVPRO of Bloomfield has highly trained technicians that are dedicated to responding faster to any size disaster. We provide 24-hour emergency service and have the training and expertise to handle your restoration and cleaning needs.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any Size Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment

How to prepare for a Winter Storm

1/11/2019 (Permalink)

Warnings & Watches

Winter Storm

Winter storms can range from a moderate snow over a few hours to a blizzard with blinding, wind-driven snow that lasts for several days. Some winter storms are large enough to affect several states, while others affect only a single community. Many winter storms are accompanied by dangerously low temperatures and sometimes by strong winds, icing, sleet and freezing rain.

 Regardless of the severity of a winter storm, you should be prepared in order to remain safe during these events.

Know the Difference

Winter Storm Outlook - Winter storm conditions are possible in the next 2 to 5 days.

Winter Weather Advisory - Winter weather conditions are expected to cause significant inconveniences and may be hazardous. When caution is used, these situations should not be life threatening.

Winter Storm Watch - Winter storm conditions are possible within the next 36 to 48 hours. People in a watch area should review their winter storm plans and stay informed about weather conditions.

Winter Storm Warning - Life-threatening, severe winter conditions have begun or will begin within 24 hours. People in a warning area should take precautions immediately.

Preparing 

How to Prepare for a Winter Storm

  • Winterize your vehicle and keep the gas tank full. A full tank will keep the fuel line from freezing.
  • Insulate your home by installing storm windows or covering windows with plastic from the inside to keep cold air out.
  • Maintain heating equipment and chimneys by having them cleaned and inspected every year.
  • If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55° F.

Frozen Pipe Prevention

1/11/2019 (Permalink)

Prevent Your Pipes from Freezing

  • Disconnect all gardening hoses and install covers on all outside faucets.
  • Keep your house temperature at 68 degrees or higher, even if you're leaving the house for an extended period of time.
  • Open cabinet doors below sinks to allow heat from the home to circulate.
  • Identify the location of the main water valve and the valve on your water heater. (Learning the location of these valves may come in handy during an emergency.)
  • Wrap pipes nearest exterior walls and in crawl spaces with pipe insulation or with heating tape. This can prevent freezing, especially for interior pipes that run along outside walls.
  • Close all windows near water pipes; cover or close open-air vents. Freezing temperatures combined with wind drafts can cause pipes to freeze more frequently.
  • Heat your basement and consider weather sealing your windows.
  • Insulate outside walls and unheated areas of your home.
  • If you plan to be away from home for an extended period of time, shut off water supply valves to your washing machine.

Monitor Freezing Pipe Conditions

  • Allow a faucet to drip slightly (lukewarm water) in order to minimize freezing.
  • The first sign of freezing is reduced water flow from a faucet.
  • Check your faucets for water flow and pressure before you go to sleep and again when you wake up.
  • Check pipes around your water meter, in unheated areas, near exterior walls and in crawl spaces.
  • These tend to be vulnerable to freezing conditions.
  • Identify cold air drafts coming in from a flue or chimney chase and caulk gaps that are near pipes. 

If a Pipe Freezes

  • If a faucet or pipe inside your house freezes, you can thaw it using a good hair dryer. (For safety purposes, avoid operating a hair dryer around standing water.)
  • To thaw a frozen pipe, heat water on the stove, soak towels in the hot water and wrap them around cold sections of the pipes.
  • When thawing a pipe, start thawing it nearest to the faucet. Make sure the faucet is turned on so that melted water can drip out. 

 If a Pipe Bursts

  • Shut off the water at the main valve.
  • If the break is in a hot water pipe, the valve on top of the water heater should be closed.
  • Call a plumber. Keep an emergency number nearby for quick access.

Crawl Space Mold Remediation

1/11/2019 (Permalink)

Mold can produce allergens and irritants and has the potential to cause other health effects. Mold can spread quickly through your home or business in as little as 48 hours. If you suspect that your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property. If mold is found, we have the training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

The Mold Remediation Process

Every mold infestation is different, from the amount of mold to the types of materials affected. Each scenario requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for a “typical” mold remediation infestation:

  1. Emergency Contact - (248) 344-0044
  2. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
  3. Mold Containment
  4. Air Filtration
  5. Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
  6. Cleaning Contents and Belongings
  7. Restoration

Restoring your home or business after a water damage

1/11/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Bloomfield is an IICRC firm. The institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. 

IICRC Certified Firms must

  • Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.
  • Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.
  • Require a continuing education program 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.

The IICRC Develops the Standards for the Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

About SERVPRO of Bloomfield

SERVPRO of Bloomfield specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Commercial Cleaning

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You don’t have time to worry about the common wear and tear that gradually soils your office. When grime, odor, and moisture challenges go beyond the scope of your regular janitorial staff, you should call SERVPRO of Bloomfield for prompt service. Whether it’s removing an odor problem, deep cleaning flooring or carpets, you can rely on us to make your workspace look its very best.

Have Questions? Call Today – (248) 344-0044

Specialty Cleaning Services

SERVPRO of Bloomfield offer cleaning services ranging from cleaning restaurant hoods to removing biohazard contaminants. We have the specialized training and products to get your property back to business. Our cleaning services include the following:

Commercial Storm Damage

1/11/2019 (Permalink)

Storms and inclement weather can be devastating to any business. Wind damage, heavy rain, and flooding can occur suddenly and cause substantial damage in a matter of minutes. There’s never a convenient time for flooding or storm damage to strike your business. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

  •  24 Hour Emergency Service
  •  Faster to Any Size Disaster
  •  A Trusted Leader in the Storm and Water Restoration Industry with over 1,700 Franchises
  •  Highly Trained Storm and Water Damage Restoration Specialists

Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 248-344-0044

SERVPRO of Bloomfield has the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial storm or water damage emergencies. Regardless of your property type or size, we will respond quickly to clean the property and manage the restoration project through to its completion.

Importance of Checking your Sump Pump

1/11/2019 (Permalink)

It is easy to get caught up in the excitement of traveling during the summer and winter months, and the idea of checking your sump pump before taking off on vacation is probably one of the last things on your mind. Make sure you check that your sump pump is operational before leaving the house for an extended period of time. Even if your sump pit is dry, you may considering using a hose or bucket to fill it with water to test the pump making sure that the pumps starts when the pit is full of water and also making sure that the discharge line is clear. Rains may occur during your absence and you will want to ensure that this system is fully functional before your departure to avoid a potential flood in your basement or crawlspace. If your home is more susceptible to water problems, it might even make sense to have a backup sump pump or a battery powered back up just in case the first one overflows or fails. A sump pump is crucial to preventing water damage - and it is always important to make sure it is properly functioning. No one wants to come home from a fun filled vacation to a wet basement! 

Fire Safety Tips

8/24/2018 (Permalink)

Did you know that if a fire starts in your home, you may have just two minutes to escape? 

The most effective way to protect yourself and your home from fire is to identify and remove fire hazards. 60 percent of house fire deaths occur in homes with no working smoke alarms. During a home fire, working smoke alarms and a fire escape plan that has been practiced regularly can save lives.

Fire Safety Tips 

  • Talk with all household members about a fire escape plan and practice the plan twice a year.
  • Test smoke alarms once a month, if they’re not working, change the batteries.
  • If a fire occurs in your home, GET OUT, STAY OUT and CALL for help.
  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.
  • Prepare

Preparing and Preventing a Home Fire - Steps You Can Take Now  

  • Keep items that can catch on fire at least three feet away from anything that gets hot, such as space heaters.
  • Never smoke in bed.
  • Talk to your children regularly about the dangers of fire, matches and lighters and keep them out of reach.
  • Download the Monster Guard: Prepare for Emergencies mobile game to teach kids about fire safety and other disasters.
  • Turn portable heaters off when you leave the room or go to sleep.  

Smoke Alarms

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.
  • Teach your children what smoke alarms sound like and what to do when they hear one.
  • Test smoke alarms once a month, if they’re not working, change the batteries.
  • Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years. Never disable smoke or carbon monoxide alarms.
  • Carbon monoxide alarms are not substitutes for smoke alarms. Know the difference between the sound of smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms.

Tips provided by American Red Cross

Mold Remediation Process

8/24/2018 (Permalink)

Every mold infestation is different, from the amount of mold to the types of materials affected. Each situation requires a unique solution, but the overall process stays the same.  The steps listed below shows our process for a “typical” mold remediation infestation:

  1. Emergency Contact – (248) 344-0044
  2. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
  3. Mold Containment
  4. Air Filtration
  5. Removal of  Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
  6. Clean Contents and Belongings
  7. Restoration

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

SERVPRO of Bloomfield is locally owned and operated—we live and work here as well and are happy to be a part of this community.

Whatever your mold remediation needs are, SERVPRO is here to help at 248-344-0044.

Best Tips for Raking Leaves

8/23/2018 (Permalink)

WORK WITH (OR AVOID) THE WIND

When you have a day to rake your leaves try to do it when there's no wind to interfere with your work. If you have only one day of the week to rake and it happens to be windy, rake your leaves in the same direction that the wind is blowing. If you Rake the leaves into the wind it will only blow them around.

PATIENCE

Clear your pathways and high-traffic areas of leaves on an ongoing basis. Don't even bother raking your entire yard until all the leaves have fallen. It may bother you to see the leaves pile up, but you should still wait until the branches are bare.  This will save you from hours of work. 

USE THE RIGHT TOOLS

Your rusty metal fan rake may seem like an old friend, but its useful days are over. There are new raking tools out there like the Lee Valley Power Rake which will save you a lot of time on yard work. You may want to consider other raking alternatives, such as a push-power leaf collector to help reduce your backaches.

TAKE CARE OF YOUR BODY

Speaking of backaches, make sure you practice proper raking techniques before, during, and after your work.  Raking is considered as a real workout, so you need to stretch in order for your body to warm up before you start. 

WORK SMART

This is the key to efficient raking. Rake your leaves into small piles on top of a tarp or a piece of plastic, then drag that pile to your main pile or compost. Raking all the leaves into one big pile takes extra time and energy plus you still have to move it to another location.

RAKE WHEN IT'S DRY

This one is simple but important. Wet leaves are heavier than dry ones, so try to do your raking during a dry stretch of weather. This will not only save you time and energy, but also prevent you from handling a bunch of slimy, wet leaves.

USE A MULCHING MOWER

This is kind of like cheating but is ultimately an effective way to clean up your leaves by turning them into mulch that's bagged by the mower. If you don't like the smell, sound, or environmental impact of gas mowers, there are some great electric mowers out there that have mulching capability.

Do you have a Fire Escape Plan?

8/23/2018 (Permalink)

Making a Plan

  • Ensure that all household members know two ways to escape from every room of your home
  • Make sure everyone knows where to meet outside in case of fire
  • Practice escaping from your home at least twice a year and at different times of the day. 
  • Make sure everyone knows how to call 911
  • Teach household members to STOP, DROP, and ROLL if their clothes should catch on fire.

Follow Your Escape Plan

During a home fire, remember to GET OUT, STAY OUT and call 911 or your local emergency phone number.

  • If closed doors or handles are warm, use your second way out. Never open doors that are warm to the touch
  • Crawl low under smoke
  • Go to your outside meeting place and then for help
  • If smoke, heat or flames block your exit routes, stay in the room with doors closed. Place a wet towel under the door and call the fire department or 911. Open a window and wave a brightly colored cloth or flashlight to signal for help.

Practicing and following the steps to your fire escape plan can save your life!

Can Mold be Completely Removed?

8/23/2018 (Permalink)

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, including indoors and outdoors. With that being said, this makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level.  Some restoration business will still advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is false. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and can enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems.  They can even travel indoors on your clothing or on a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture and can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources 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.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

Business Disaster, Big or Small

8/16/2018 (Permalink)

A fire, water, or mold related disaster is always unexpected and an inconvenience in your place of business.  Every hour spent mitigating the damage is an hour of lost productivity and revenue for the company.  At SERVPRO of Bloomfield, we have the resources and expertise to give you excellent results in a timely manner.  SERVPRO can help with any commercial loss, including:

  • Small Office Buildings
  • Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Retirement Communities
  • Assisted Living Facilities
  • Hotels
  • Restaurants
  • Churches
  • Small Retail Stores
  • Large Retail Stores
  • Manufacturing and Industrial Facilities

As always, SERVPRO of Bloomfield is prepared for any emergency you may have 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Call Us Today - 248-344-0044 to get your business back up and running.

Storm Damage Emergency Tips

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Attentiveness is key when it comes to preventing mold growth. SERVPRO, a professional mold remediation company, can address mold issues in businesses. If mold growth is noticed, SERVPRO should be called immediately to minimize any damage and stop the mold from spreading.

One way to prevent commercial mold from growing is to increase the heat. When the walls on a commercial property are too cold, moisture particles in the air condensate, creating a damp film that leads to the formation of mold. In the summer, make sure to keep the thermostat on a low heat setting, and insulate the walls on the property.

In addition, another way to keep commercial damage from mold at bay is to maximize the air flow in the space. This can be done by opening windows and allowing cold air to circulate inside the property. Open windows keep surfaces dry and push mold spores outside. To further increase the air flow, pull furniture away from walls.

Overall, SERVPRO recommends that business owners fix any leaks from dripping pipes and water overflows, keep the roof in good repair (especially if it is flat), and make sure to throw away mold damaged items, such as books and rotting food.

Whatever your mold remediation needs are, SERVPRO of Bloomfield is here to help at 248-344-0044.

Is Your Home Prepared for Storm Damage?

8/16/2018 (Permalink)

Summer is that time of year when tornadoes and severe storms are more likely to occur. Many people don’t have a plan in place for severe weather. With some planning, your family can have an increased chance of staying safe during an unexpected storm.

Although creating a plan is important, practicing it is even more crucial. A severe weather plan needs to be practiced so that everyone knows where to go, no matter what time of day or night severe weather strikes. Write down all of the important phone numbers for 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 that of your insurance adjustor. This number is beneficial if there is damage to the home. Companies like SERVPRO of Bloomfield can come to the home to help with water removal and other storm damage that occurs inside of 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.

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 due to 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 3 days, and non-perishable foods. Other items you might want to include in your kit are blankets, first aid supplies, and clothing.

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 occur, it can help give your family a peace of mind so that they can focus on remaining safe and together.

Get Prepared: Emergency Supply Kit

8/16/2018 (Permalink)

Summer is the time to prepare for whatever Mother Nature decides to throw our way. Having an emergency supply kit on hand is the first place to start.

An emergency supply kit is a collection of basic items in your household you may need in the event of an emergency.

Try to assemble your kit well in advance of an emergency. You may have to evacuate at a moments notice and take essentials with you. You will probably not have the time to search for the supplies you need or shop for them when disaster strikes.

You may need to survive on your own after an emergency. This means having your own food, water, and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last at least 72 hours.

Recommended Items to Include in an Emergency Supply Kit:

  • Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least 3 days.
  • Food, at least a 3 day supply of non-perishable items.
  • Battery powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA weather radio with tone alert and extra batteries.
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask to filter contaminated air.
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter in place.
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation.
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities.
  • Can opener for food.
  • Local maps.
  • Phone chargers with adapters to allow charging in a car.

Keep the SERVPRO of Bloomfield number handy as well: 248-344-0044. If you suffer storm damage to your home or property, our crew can be there to take immediate action. We can help minimize secondary damages caused by severe weather.

Damage from a Storm? SERVPRO is Ready 24/7

8/16/2018 (Permalink)

Restoring storm and flood damaged properties is the cornerstone of our business. Our highly trained professionals use specialized equipment and advanced training to quickly restore your property to pre-storm condition. We are dedicated to responding immediately at any hour, which helps to minimize secondary damages.

Flooding and water emergencies do not wait for regular business hours, and neither do we. SERVPRO of Bloomfield provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including all holidays. You can expect an immediate response from a member of our team at any time.

This is crucial because in many restoration situations, immediate action is needed. An immediate response helps to minimize the damage and overall costs.

Water is particularly invasive, and can quickly spread throughout your property and be absorbed into walls, furniture, etc. We arrive quickly and start the extraction process almost immediately.

If your property is damaged by a storm, call SERVPRO of Bloomfield at 248-344-0044.

Commercial Fire Damage

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Fire damage is extremely devastating to a business or commercial property.  Not only due to fire and smoke damage, but the significant water damage that comes along with the use of fire suppression systems and firefighting efforts.  The amount of down time a business experiences during the restoration process can have debilitating effects on productivity and revenue for the company.  SERVPRO of Bloomfield is a trusted leader in the fire and water restoration industry with highly trained fire and water damage specialists ready to help with our 24-hour emergency service. 

SERVPRO of Bloomfield has the training, experience, and equipment to handle commercial fire damage emergencies of any size.  No matter where your fire emergency occurs, our professionals will move quickly and efficiently to ensure that the damage is taken care of.  Your commercial property will be back in operation "Like it never even happened."

Commercial Water Damage

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Severe water damage is definitely a inconvenience for an operating business especially when flooding occurs.  Every hour that is spent on mitigating the damage is an hour of lost productivity and revenue. SERVPRO of Bloomfield has the training, experience and equipment to handle flooding or water damage emergencies of any size.

 Flooding and water damage events at commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response.  SERVPRO of Bloomfield will  assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area quickly, whether the disaster is relatively small, or a large-scale event. 

Our staff at SERVPRO of Bloomfield specializes in the cleanup and restoration for commercial properties after a water damage event. From the initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO corporate training facility, to regular IICRC-industry certification, you can be rest assured our technicians are equipped with the knowledge and ability to restore your commercial property as quickly as possible.

Tips on Preventing Commercial Mold Damage

8/16/2018 (Permalink)

Attentiveness is key when it comes to preventing mold growth. SERVPRO, a professional mold remediation company, can address mold issues in businesses. If mold growth is noticed, SERVPRO should be called immediately to minimize any damage and stop the mold from spreading.

One way to prevent commercial mold from growing is to increase the heat. When the walls on a commercial property are too cold, moisture particles in the air condensate, creating a damp film that leads to the formation of mold. In the summer, make sure to keep the thermostat on a low heat setting, and insulate the walls on the property.

In addition, another way to keep commercial damage from mold at bay is to maximize the air flow in the space. This can be done by opening windows and allowing cold air to circulate inside the property. Open windows keep surfaces dry and push mold spores outside. To further increase the air flow, pull furniture away from walls.

Overall, SERVPRO recommends that business owners fix any leaks from dripping pipes and water overflows, keep the roof in good repair (especially if it is flat), and make sure to throw away mold damaged items, such as books and rotting food.

Whatever your mold remediation needs are, SERVPRO of Bloomfield is here to help at 248-344-0044.

Mold growth in your home

7/2/2018 (Permalink)

Mold can grow on any material as long as moisture and oxygen are present. There are molds that grow on wood, paper, carpet, food, and insulation. Since mold eats or digests what it is growing on, it can damage a building and its furnishings. If left unchecked, mold eventually can cause structural damage to building materials.

10 common places for mold growth in your home:

  • Basements or cellars that have been flooded
  • Underneath kitchen sinks
  • Underneath or behind refrigerators
  • Bathroom shower or under sink
  • Behind walls that also house plumbing
  • Stacks of damp or wet newspaper or cardboard boxes
  • Around air-conditioning units
  • Wallboard or around windows that leak
  • Under carpeting that may have become wet
  • Attics & Crawl Spaces

You can prevent damage to your home, contents, avoid potential health problems and save money by controlling moisture and eliminating mold growth.

Flash Flooding Myths and Truths

6/14/2018 (Permalink)

What is a flash flood?

A flash flood is the rapid flooding of a low-lying geographic area, typically caused by extremely heavy rainfall from thunderstorms. They are the most dangerous type of flood, as they combine the destructive power of a flood with both unpredictability and speed. 

MYTH: Large cars and sports utility vehicles should be able to navigate in deeper flood waters.

TRUTH: Just two feet of swiftly moving flash flood water is enough to float most vehicles - even larger cars and trucks.

MYTH: Flash floods occur only along rivers and streams.

TRUTH: Flash floods can occur nearly anywhere - even in urban areas.

MYTH: Homeowners insurance policies always cover flood damage.

TRUTH: The vast majority of these policies do not cover flood damage.

Smoke and Soot Cleanup

6/14/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Bloomfield will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 248-344-0044 or 248-855-8167

SERVPRO of Bloomfield is Here and Ready to Help!

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We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - 248-344-0044 or 248-855-8167

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Bloomfield has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

Electrical Safety

6/14/2018 (Permalink)

It is important to remember a few tips to maintain electrical safety all year round. Below are a few tips to keep in mind. 

1. Inspect all of your holiday lights. To prevent accidental fires, throw out any strands of lights that have frayed cords. Also, replace any broken or cracked bulbs. 

2. Use only UL - Listed lights and extension cords. 

3. Do not overload electrical sockets, extension cords or power strips. 

4. It is never a good idea to plug an extension cord into a power strip. 

5. When hanging electrical decorations and lights, it is best to use a wooden or fiberglass ladder rather than a metal one for your own safety. 

6. Always turn off holiday lights before leaving the house or going to bed. 

After the Storm

6/13/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Bloomfield specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Bloomfield, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today     248-344-0044 or 248- 855- 8167

Check us Out!

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We are a locally owned company with national resources! 

SERVPRO of Bloomfield is locally owned and operated. We are also a part of a national network of over 1,700 franchises, which enables us to respond very quickly with such a large number of resources. 

SERVPRO of Bloomfield is proud to serve the following Michigan communities:

  • Bloomfield
  • Detroit
  • Southfield
  • Birmingham
  • Royal Oak
  • Oak Park
  • Troy
  • Pontiac

Our residential services include: 

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services
  • Building Services

Our commercial services include: 

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Mold Remediation
  • Commercial Cleaning Services
  • Commercial Storm and Major Events

SERVPRO of Bloomfield is on social media! Check us out on Facebook and Twitter. 

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Emergency Kits

5/8/2018 (Permalink)

Living in Michigan, it is a known fact that the summer season brings around a fair share of stormy weather. Here at SERVPRO, we understand how unpredictable the weather can be and stress the importance of always being prepared for any weather emergency. 

One way to be prepared for a weather emergency, such as a damaging storm or tornado, is to have an emergency supply kit on hand should the weather prevent you from leaving your home or keeping you confined to one area. The Federal Emergency Management Agency recommends a few items to include in a basic emergency supply kit: 

  • Water (at least one gallon per day, per person, for at least three days)
  • Food (at least a three day supply of non-perishable items)
  • Battery-powered radio/NOAA Weather Radio and extra batteries. 
  • Flashlights with extra batteries.
  • First aid kit. 
  • Whistle that can be used to signal for help. 
  • Moist towelettes and garbage bags (for personal sanitation). 
  • Local maps. 
  • Wrench/Pliers to turn off utilities if necessary. 

Aside from these basic necessities, some additional items you might want to consider adding to an emergency supply kit could include:

  • Prescription medicine and glasses.
  • Infant formula and diapers.
  • Pet food and extra water for your pets.
  • Important family documents, such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a portable, waterproof container.
  • Cash/Change, or traveler's checks. 
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person.
  • Full change of clothing for each person. 
  • Fire extinguisher. 
  • Matches in a waterproof container. 
  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items. 
  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates, plastic utensils, paper towels. 
  • Paper and pencil.
  • Books, games, puzzles, or other activities for kids.   

As always, SERVPRO is prepared for any emergency you may have. 

The Importance of a Dehumidifier

5/8/2018 (Permalink)

Reminder to all homeowners that have a basement to run a dehumidifier continuously in your basement, especially during the summer months. Running the dehumidifier works to prevent an accumulation of humidity in that space caused by lower temperatures on basement walls that are below grade. If you have a high level of humidity in your basement, it will come in contact with the cooler basement walls and cause condensation to form on the walls and sometimes, the floor. This condition holds true even if your basement walls are finished. By reducing humidity levels, your home will become less hospitable to allergens such as mold, mildew and dust mites.  The allergens mentioned above thrive in humid environments, so adding a dehumidifier to your space can prevent their growth, and, if you or anyone in your family suffers from common allergies - a dehumidifier would be a great investment. In addition to lowering high humidity, dehumidifiers can help reduce the distinctive musty odors that come along with mold and mildew. There are various models of dehumidifiers depending on the size of your space, and even ones with unique features that are dependent on where you live or the type of allergies you have.

Helpful Hint for Homes with an Irrigation System

5/8/2018 (Permalink)

Here is a helpful hint for anyone with an irrigation system. It is important to have your sprinklers professionally checked at both spring turn on and fall shut down to make sure that they are properly winterized in the fall and that there are no leaks present in the spring.

Some insurance companies, depending on whether the water comes in your basement through the foundation as a result of an outside leak in the system or if the leak occurs within your basement walls from a pipe or supply line, will base their determination on coverage on what the water touched before it entered your house versus the source of the water. So, even if the water is from your system, if it touches the earth on the outside of the house and comes in, no coverage. Generally speaking though, if the break or loss occurs within the four walls of the basement, it is typically a covered loss.

In general, it is crucial to check your sprinkler system in order to prevent any type of water break or loss. A simple professional check can end up saving you the time and money spent on the unexpected and unforeseen event of water damage. 

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