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Restoring Your Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

4/24/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Restoring Your Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges

Flooding and water damage events at commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that 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.

About SERVPRO of Lapeer & SERVPRO of Grand Blanc

SERVPRO of Lapeer & Grand Blanc specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. 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.

Meet Our Crew

http://www.SERVPROlapeer.com/employee-photos

Certifications:

  • WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • RRRP - Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation
  • SRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
  • ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • IICRC Certified Firm

Does your home have a mold problem?

4/5/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Does your home have a mold problem? Mold can spread through a home in as little as 48 hours. This shows spore growth less than 2 days after water exposure without proper mitigation

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. 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 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 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.

My House Smells Musty

3/16/2017 (Permalink)

Now that it has cooled off outside and people are spending significantly more time in their homes, we have been getting quite a number of calls for mold testing.  The number one reason people have been calling for testing is due to a "musty smell" in their home.  It doesn't take much for mold to form indoors; a small water leak or excess humidity could be cause enough for mold growth to begin.  Now, one must understand that mold is everywhere and is completely impossible to eradicate, however, mold does not tend to irritate us until it has had a chance to grow; causing it to produce allergens and irritants. 

A water leak does not have to be present for mold growth to occur.  Please understand that an increase in humidity in the home can also create an environment susceptible to mold growth.  It is recommended that indoor humidity be kept below 45% in order to prevent the growth of mold.  This can be difficult in older homes that utilize water or steam heat as these tend to increase the humidity level indoors.  If this is the case for you, it may be to your benefit to place dehumidifiers strategically throughout your home where humidity levels tend to be the highest.  An indoor humidity meter can be picked up for just a few bucks online if this is something that concerns you. I (Andrea) actually have a humidity meter on my alarm clock that allows me to monitor the humidity in my bedroom and I run a dehumidifier as needed.

If all else fails and you are concerned, please give us at SERVPRO of Lapeer & Grand Blanc a call.  We would be happy to come test your home for Mold in order to give you the peace of mind that you deserve.  Please know that if mold is found, our technicians come highly trained in Mold Remediation and have specialized Mold Remediation Equipment that allows us to effectively address the each unique mold issue our clients present.  If mold is identified and remediation must occur, rest assured that SERVPRO of Lapeer & Grand Blanc is ready to help.  The steps listed below illustrate our process for a “typical” mold remediation:

  1. Emergency Contact - (810) 664-1000
  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

For more information, please visit us here http://www.SERVPROlapeer.com/mold-removal-process or call the office anytime (810) 664-1000.

Take the Interactive Mold House Tour https://www.epa.gov/mold/interactive-mold-house-tour

Photo Credit: EPA.gov

Genesee County Smoke and Soot Cleanup

3/16/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Genesee County Smoke and Soot Cleanup Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Home or Business

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 Grand Blanc 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 – 810-664-1000

We Love Cleaning

5/8/2016 (Permalink)

General We Love Cleaning Our Friendly Technician - Adam Hodges

5/8/2016

Cleaning is at the heart of what we do at SERVPRO of Grand Blanc.  Whether it's a fire, water, or mold job, the goal is to give a clean and fresh smelling house back to the home owner.  At a fire job, we do fire cleaning of all walls, ceilings, and floors, as well as personal belongs, which removes all soot particles from any nooks and crannies of the house.  At a water job, we clean and remove damaged structure materials, so they would be mold free.  After every reconstruction and repair job, we provide a post-construction cleaning of personal belongings as well as the house.  So you can see, at the end of every job, the last step of cleaning is usually a carpet cleaning.  

Our technicians love carpet cleaning.  We provide  different levels of carpet cleaning, which can make the carpet looks new again.  The highest level of carpet cleaning is called SHOWCASE CARPET CLEANING, where we use a roto that scrubs the carpet of any dirt, and then gives the carpet a good shampooing.  

We provide carpet cleaning as part of any remediation services, so at the end of all jobs, you can expect a clean and fresh house back, free of dirt and smells.  We recommend you clean your carpet at least every half a year, so please call us today to schedule a cleaning of your carpet, HVAC, furniture, tile and grout, uphostery, or any part in your house.

Dryer Vent Cleaning

3/6/2016 (Permalink)

Cleaning Dryer Vent Cleaning Dryer Vent Before and After Cleaning

Do you know that clogged up dryer vent can cause house fire?  According to the National Fire Protection Association, a common household dryer was the cause of more than 10,000 U.S. home fires each year. Lint and other debris can build up in your dryer hose and ventduct, reducing air flow, backing up exhaust gases and eventually creating a fire.

a clogged up dryer vent can also reduce the efficiency of drying and increase the possibility of carbon monoxide poisoning.  If the drying time is getting longer and longer, and you start to notice a burning smell, have your dryer vent inspected.

We have a dryer vent cleaning special.  We can clean the dryer vent for free when we clean the duct in your house.  So call today to set up an appointment to clean your air duct and dryer vent.