Spring Cleaning and Repeating
We have all heard of spring cleaning, but this is a unique time for many in during the COVID-19 pandemic. Using this time to disinfect and deep clean could be beneficial to the overall health of your home environment as well as the personal health of those living in your home.
Cleaning tips for areas not often considered:
- Charger Cords
- Computer Keyboard and Mouse
- Remote Controls (TV & Video Game)
- Door Handles (Interior & Exterior)
- Light Switches
- Handles on Appliances and Cupboards (Kitchen, Bath & Laundry Rooms)
- Hair Brush Handles
- Furnace Filter
- Vacuum Filter Cleaning/Replacement
These are just to name a few and I know you can think of many more. Once cleaning is complete it is important to repeat it. Especially with the every day surface cleaning.
Please share these tips from us at SERVPRO of Livonia with your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers on the social networking medium you prefer.
We at SERVPRO of Livonia want to take a moment to share some informational links on COVID-19 Coronavirus.
At this time it is important to remember to regularly wash your hands, sneeze into a tissue or sleeved arm, disinfect surfaces, and limit exposure to others if you sick. Also, avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
Consider the source of your information. There are a multitude of television and social media outlets covering this developing situation. Sifting through what is a useful tip and what is potentially a harmful remedy can be daunting.
Below are some links to resources that we hope you find useful. As more information becomes available we will do our best to keep you informed.
City of Livonia informational webpage:
State of Michigan informational webpage:
CDC informational webpage:
World Health Organization (W.H.O.)
Inspection for Prevention and Action for Extraction
Water knows no bounds. It can seep in through the tiniest of openings, cracks or penetrate through permeable surfaces. Over time water is capable of carving its own path throughout your home or business.
Although it may be impossible to prevent every water loss in all situations, it is possible to lower the potential of occurrence and extent of the damage. This can be done by getting to know your home or business inside and out.
Routinely service and/or check things like water pipes, fire suppression systems, chimney structure and flashing, weather seals around windows and doors, and also your water consumption. A water leak can accumulate over time and can cause your water bill to go up when your normal usage has not. Going undetected over an extended period of time the resulting water damage can be destructive.
If you see something, say something. It may seem like just a small pooling of water in a bathroom or common area, but the extent of the condition could be much worse. Where did the water come from? How long has the water been there? Has the water traveled to another location through the floor or wall? Have any contents or structures (i.e. walls, cabinets, sub-floor, etc.) been effected?
In the event you experience a water loss that requires specialized attention our Team of trained technicians have the knowledge to address these questions and experience extract the water.
Our Team at SERVPRO of Livonia hopes these tips helped to educate you and others on the importance of inspection for prevention and action for extraction.
Keep your thermostat set at 55°F or higher.
Our Livonia weather can be unpredictable. The new year has started out with a mix of 40°F and 20°F temperatures.
Now with the weather forecast showing temperatures will drop even lower thoughts of taking a vacation for a weekend or week long getaway are tempting.
If you plan on leaving your home it is important to keep the indoor temperature set no lower than 55°F. This will help prevent the air space located inside cabinetry and in basements from dropping to freezing temperatures. The pipes located inside those cabinets need to stay above freezing so they do not burst while you are away.
We hope this little tip will allow you to return from your relaxing vacation to a warm and dry home!
Black mold is one of the worst fears you might have as a homeowner. Toxic black mold (Stachybotrys chartarum) grows in common household features such as carpet, drywall, insulation, and sub-flooring. It grows when these household materials have been in contact with moisture. As it grows, it releases spores into the air.
Where to Test for Black Mold
Testing for mold is essential, and you should have a dwelling inspected for black mold before you buy it or sign a lease. If you suspect there may be black mold in your home, or you have never had your home tested, contact SERVPRO of Livonia for professional mold remediation services in the Metro-Detroit area. While many aspects of home-ownership can be handled in a D.I.Y. fashion, black mold is not something to be messed around with.
Black mold loves to live on the carpet. Dust collects in carpet fibers and those same fibers trap the humidity and dampness that enables mold to grow. Carpets in below-ground levels are especially susceptible to mold as there is more humidity there.
Carpet mold is often not visible from the surface, except in severe cases, which makes testing for it necessary even if you don't see any evidence.
Air Conditioning and Heating Vents
Air conditioning and heating vents actually create ideal conditions for black mold to grow. Dual-purpose vents that both heat and cool your house raise that risk as they are in constant use.
When you have mold in your air vents, those spores are being circulated throughout your home. The sooner you can perform mold remediation procedures, the better. SERVPRO of Livonia has a 24-hour mold emergency service hotline to quickly begin the process of cleaning your air vents.
Mold is unfortunately common in drywall, as it traps humidity. This is especially common as the seasons change from winter into spring. Because of the nature of it, mold in drywall is rarely visible except in severe cases. For this reason, it's imperative to have a potential home be tested for mold in the walls before you sign a lease or put down a deposit.
After a water emergency strikes in a commercial building you own, your immediate concerns involve both personal losses along with the added stress and responsibility to get all of your tenants back in business or living comfortably in your units again. SERVPRO offers the resources locally and on a national level to rehabilitate even a complex commercial water damage scenario. We exceed your needs both to repair your property and also to restore the trust the companies and individuals have invested in your professional commercial management.
Although burst pipes or a roof leak may start in a confined area of your office building, apartment complex or warehouse space, the resultant flood and seepage of water can spread far from the original breach. Many if not all of the businesses or residents renting from you are in peril of losing personal and professional property as well as their means to make a living if you do not take immediate steps to solve your Orlando commercial water damage. Even if the water overflow can be traced to the negligence of a tenant, you as the owner are charged with the task of protecting your building and fixtures and ensuring that all those who live in or operate a business within your commercial property have the use and quiet enjoyment of their leased premises quickly restored.
SERVPRO understands how important it is to limit the downtime of your and your tenants’ business operations. We make every effort to clean and dry the structure quickly, staging the restoration process with an eye to reestablishing business operations even before the entire remediation is accomplished if appropriate and safe. Preventing secondary damage from contaminated water is a major goal, made more attainable if we are involved as soon as possible in the process. Our services for you and your tenants can also include a pack out and detailed inventory of documents soaked by the water. We follow up with our state of the art procedures for saving and drying paperwork, books, pictures and other crucial work products you and your lessees may have feared would be lost due to the water infiltration.
If your commercial property has suffered water damage, call SERVPRO of Livonia immediately. We can be reached at 734-744-8104, twenty four hours a day every single day of the year, our technicians eager to return you and your renters to business as usual swiftly as possible.
Winter Storm Preparation
Heavy rain and freezing temperatures, damaging winds, sleet and snow can cause serious and costly property damage to your home or business if you are not ready. You can't control the weather however you can make provisions and be prepared to help take the sting out of winter weather.
Protect your property by taking these precautions before colder weather hits to help prevent costly damages from old man winter.
- Inspect tree limbs and branches around your property. Strong winds, heavy rain, snow and ice can cause branches to fall, which could potentially lead to damages to the structure and even cause personal injuries.
- Inspect the roof, water pipes, and gutters to ensure they are in proper working order. Direct gutter downspouts away from your structure. Clear all debris from gutters. Leaves, pine needles and other obstructions can cause a damming effect, which can lead to roof damage and interior water problems.
- Inspect walkways and parking lots for proper drainage to alleviate potential flood hazards.
- Inspect all handrails, stairwells, and entryways to prevent potential slippery or hazardous areas. Install mats or non-slip surfaces. Post caution signs where water could be present.
- When temperatures dip below freezing, allow faucets to drip to help prevent pipes from freezing. Leaving cabinet doors open allows warm air to circulate around pipes located underneath cabinets helping to prevent freezing. If the structure has outdoor faucets, consider shutting water off at the main valve in the basement or crawl space. Once the valve is off, open the outdoor faucet to ensure it drains, preventing any remaining water from freezing in the pipe.
- Ask SERVPRO of Livonia about completing an Emergency READY Profile® (ERP) for your business. The ERP is a no-cost assessment of your facility and provides you with a plan to get back in business fast following a disaster.
Storm Damage Restoration
Hit hard by mother nature?
SERVPRO of Livonia provides 24-hour wind and storm damage restoration service in Livonia.
To get help fast, call SERVPRO!
Property damage caused by severe weather can be devastating to your family or business, and repairing it can be a complex undertaking. To get storm damage repair completed quickly and safely, you need a restoration service company that specializes in bringing your home back to its preloss condition.
SERVPRO of Livonia provides specialized emergency cleanup and restoration services in Oxford to bring your property back to normal with minimal interruption. We can handle any damage due to severe weather, including:
- Lightning Strikes
- Tornadoes and high winds
- Hail and ice storms
- Freezing weather and ice dams
SERVPRO has successfully rebuilt tens of thousands of wind-damaged households through the years. It is in situations like these that our team’s specialized skill sets are required. Rebuilding part of a home is very different from a new construction facility. Building materials, design, and finishes must all be matched to the remaining structure, while moisture remaining in the building components may need to be addressed as well.
SERVPRO of Livonia is licensed and insured contractors that are available 24 hours a day. Call SERVPRO (734)744-8104 or find us on the web for your best storm damage restoration costs inspection estimate! Save money and time on Storm Damage Restoration Costs in Livoinia.
Natural Disaster - Flooding
According to the National Weather Service (NOAA), “Approximately seventy-five percent of all Presidential disaster declarations are associated with flooding.” NOAA lists the most common flood hazards in the United States as:
- Flash Flooding
- River Flooding
- Storm Surge and Coastal Inundation from Tropical and Non-Tropical Systems
- Burn Scars/Debris Flows (Caused by Wildfires)
- Ice/Debris Jams
- Dry Wash (Caused by heavy rainfall in dry areas)
- Dam Breaks/Levee Failure
Just because you haven’t experienced a flood doesn’t mean you won’t in the future. In fact, 20% of all claims paid by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) were for policies in low-risk communities. On average, floods cost $3.5 billion in annual losses in the U.S., and commercial flood claims average more than $75,000 (NFIP).
When catastrophic water damage happens to you, SERVPRO Livonia Professionals can help. They can help you prepare ahead of time with an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP), or respond to any size disaster to begin cleanup and restoration to get you back in business as soon as possible.
Your local SERVPRO of Livonia Professionals are ready to help make it “Like it never even happened.”
What to do about a mold problem...
What’s the Difference?
Since microscopic mold spores exist naturally almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors, removing all mold from a home or business is impossible. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold. This is a fallacy.
A qualified restoration company understands the science behind mold and mold growth. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have the training and expertise to remediate the mold in your home or business. Mold remediation focuses on getting mold levels back to normal, natural levels.
Every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same.
Step 1: Emergency Contact
Step 2: Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
Step 3: Mold Containment
Step 4: Air Filtration
Step 5: Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
Step 6: Cleaning Contents and Belongings
Step 7: Restoration
When water intrudes into your property, mold growth can start in as little as 48 hours. Consider the following mold facts: Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
- Mold spores are microscopic, 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 and have the potential to cause other health effects.
- 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 that odor can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
- Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.
What to Do:
- Stay out of affected areas.
- Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
- Contact a SERVPRO Franchise Professional 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