After the Storm
SERVPRO of Novi 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.
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 Novi, 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
Electrical Safety durning the Holidays
As the holiday season is upon us, it is important to remember a few tips to maintain electrical safety during the most wonderful time of the year. 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.
Smoke and Soot Cleanup
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 Novi 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
Importance of Checking your Sump Pump
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!
Winter is Coming!
Below are a few winter tips provided by The American Red Cross to stay safe in the upcoming cold weather season Layer up! Wear layers of lightweight clothing to stay warm. Gloves and a hat will help prevent losing your body heat.
- Don’t forget your furry friends. Bring pets indoors. If they can’t come inside, make sure they have enough shelter to keep them warm and that they can get to unfrozen water.
- Remember the three feet rule. If you are using a space heater, place it on a level, hard surface and keep anything flammable at least three feet away – things such as paper, clothing, bedding, curtains or rugs.
- Requires supervision –Turn off space heaters and make sure fireplace embers are out before leaving the room or going to bed.
- Don’t catch fire! If you are using a fireplace, use a glass or metal fire screen large enough to catch sparks and rolling logs.
- Protect your pipes. Run water, even at a trickle, to help prevent your pipes from freezing. Open the kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals out of the reach of children. Keep the garage doors closed if there are water lines in the garage.
- Better safe than sorry. Keep the thermostat at the same temperature day and night. Your heating bill may be a little higher, but you could avoid a more costly repair job if your pipes freeze and burst.
- The kitchen is for cooking. Never use a stove or oven to heat your home.
- Use generators outside. Never operate a generator inside the home, including in the basement or garage.
- Knowledge is power. Don't hook a generator up to the home’s wiring. The safest thing to do is to connect the equipment you want to power directly to the outlets on the generator.
The Importance of a Dehumidifier
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
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.
Best Tips for Raking Leaves
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.
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.
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.
Can Mold be Completely Removed?
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.
Do you have a Fire Escape Plan?
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 call 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!