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Do you know where your water shut off is?

3/23/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Do you know where your water shut off is? When disaster strikes minutes matter and can save time and money. Call SERVPRO of Southfield at (248)377-2220 if disaster strikes your home

When a pipe bursts in your home minutes matter; hundreds of gallons of water can enter your home within minutes when this happens.  Combine that with findings from a recent survey which showed that less than 45% of people knew where their water shut off was located.   (source:

  SERVPRO of Southfield take great pride in protecting your home. Simply attach this tag on or near the shut off valve. Having your shut off valve clearly marked can save precious time in stopping water from entering your home, potentially saving you time and money in clean up and repair. You will find a guide on how to find your shut off valve below:

How to Find Your Home's Water Shut-Off Valve

If a pipe bursts in your home or springs a leak, knowing where the main water shut-off valve is located and how to turn it off can save money and the headache of having to clean and repair the water damage. The main water shut-off valve can be outside or inside the home, and its location varies depending on the age of the home and local building codes. The easiest way to find your main water shut-off valve is by knowing whether the home was constructed on a slab, basement or crawl space.

Where Is My Shut-Off Valve If My House Is on a Slab?

If your house is on a slab, your main water shut-off valve should be near your water heater tank. It should be under the water heater or at the top of it. It could be shaped like a ring, called a gate valve, or it could be a lever type, called a ball valve. If it’s a gate valve, turn the valve right to shut the water off. If it’s a ball valve, turn the valve perpendicular.

Where Is My Shut-Off Valve If My House Has a Basement?

If you have a basement, that’s probably where you’ll find your shut-off valve. Most water shut-off valves in a basement will be on the opposite side of the wall of your hose bib. The easiest way to find the valve is to picture where the hose attachment is located on the outside of the house. When you picture that, find the corresponding spot on the wall inside the house, and that’s where your main water shut-off valve should be located.

Where Is My Shut-Off Valve If My House Has a Crawl Space?

Your main water shut-off valve could be located under the crawl space. Usually you can find it along the front wall of the house underneath the crawl space.

What Do I Do If I Can’t Find the Shut-Off Valve?

If you still can’t find the main water shut-off valve in an emergency, the water can be shut off from the main city water line. It’s usually located at the front of the house in a covered box. Be careful opening the box, since insects and spiders might live in there.

Knowing where your main water shut-off valve is located can save precious time in the event of an emergency, so we suggest you take some time to figure out exactly where the main water shut-off is located in your home.

If your main water shut-off is in an awkward place that is difficult to access, your plumber should be able to relocate the main water shut-off valve to an easier to access area, such as under the kitchen sink or nearer to the main city line. Call your local plumber today if you need assistance locating your main water shut-off valve or would like to relocate it.

What to know when you live in Michigan, where seasons suddenly change

3/8/2017 (Permalink)

Do you live where the seasons suddenly change?

How often have you heard the term "Michigan Weather"? If you've heard that phrase you know wearing shorts one day and then winter jackets the next is a normal occurrence here. Extreme changes in temperature affect more than our choice in clothes.

   Water lines are more susceptible to breaks at times of extreme temperature swings, both hot and cold. The American Society of Civil Engineers advises that just a 10-degree change in temperature can increase stress on water mains and service lines, and increase their risk of damage.


  Pipes become brittle when water temperatures get below 40 degrees Fahrenheit, while air temperatures at or below freezing cause the ground to freeze. However, water main breaks often don’t occur until one or two days after the freezing temperatures arrive.  This is because water temperature takes more time to decrease than air temperature.

 You may not be able to control the weather but there are steps you can take to limit your exposure to any issues that arise:

1. Use a Water Main Shut Off tag on your home- After a pipe break it is imperative to stop the flow of water from entering your home. You can easily have hundreds of gallons of water in your home within minutes.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. If you plan to be away from home for an extended period of time, shut off water supply valves to your washing machine-  Shutting off your water supply to your washer helps prevent pipes from freezing and bursting. Look at the rear of your washing machine and you’ll see two knobs: one blue and another red (usually). Turn both of these knobs in the opposite direction to disengage the water.

4. Keep an emergency list of numbers near by- Even if you take every precaution, emergencies can still happen. Have a list of emergency numbers include a plumber, your insurance agent, and a restoration company like SERVPRO of Greater Pontiac.

 Hopefully these tips will help you steer clear of a disaster in your home. If, even after your best efforts, you still have a pipe break, call SERVPRO of Southfield at (248)377-2220 in your hour of need. We want to be there for you and make it "Like it never even happened"

Our 1-4-8 Promise

2/14/2017 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of Southfield we are committed to serving you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year. We are also committed to contacting you in a timely manner, showing up promptly, and notifying your insurance company of the status of the loss efficiently and quickly.

  The numbers 1-4-8 have a particular meaning to us. Our commitment, when called by an Insurance Carrier or by our Call Center for a loss, is to contact the property owner within 1 hour of the First Notice of Loss, be on site within 4 hours, and contact the Insurance Carrier or property manager within 8 hours to report on the condition of the loss.

  We are judged on these three numbers, but frequently we beat these numbers. It is not unusual for us to call the property owner within minutes of receiving a request and for us to be on site within the hour. Make no mistake, minutes matter after a disaster strikes your home or property. We care about your property and helping you through your difficult time. At SERVPRO of Southfield we look forward to helping you at every opportunity. Call us at (248)377- 2220 to make it "Like it never even happened."

Be ready for whatever happens

12/28/2016 (Permalink)

A new year often signifies a fresh start. Many people make resolutions to better themselves or some part of their life. This year, make a resolution to be ready. No one ever plans on a disaster, but now, you can prepare for it. The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile (ERP) will help ensure you are “Ready for whatever happens.”

  In the event of an emergency, the ERP can help minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action in place for your facility. The ERP is a comprehensive document containing critical information about your business, including emergency contact information, shut-off valve locations and priority areas. SERVPRO also works hand in hand with local police and fire departments to share the information gathered in the ERP.

  The ERP is a no cost assessment; all it requires is a little time, making it a great value that could save you time and money in the future.

  Preparation is the key to making it through any size disaster, whether it is a small water leak, a large fire, or an area flood. Having a plan in place may help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive and get you back in the building following a disaster.

  Don’t wait until disaster strikes. Call SEVPRO of Southfield to establish your Emergency READY Profile, and be “Ready for whatever happens.”

 Call SERVPRO of Southfield today to set up your no cost assessment at (248) 377- 2220.

Advantages of the SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile:

  • A no cost assessment of your facility
  • A concise profile document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster
  • Identification of the line of command in the event of an emergency
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority area and priority contact informati

Faster to any size disaster in Metro Detroit

9/12/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Faster to any size disaster in Metro Detroit SERVPRO of Southfield provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Metro Detroit

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Southfield provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Southfield arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – (248)377-2220

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of Southfield

SERVPRO of Southfield 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. 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.

What to do when water damage strikes

8/25/2016 (Permalink)

If you are grappling with the aftermath of residential water damage, you want the problems resolved as quickly as possible. Keep handy the name and number of a local cleanup and restoration company like SERVPRO. Our job is to provide state-of-the-art service to our customers that are in need of expert water damage restoration. And we do so with rates that won't break your budget. 

What You Can Expect From a Water Damage Restoration Service 

When you contact us to assess the character of your problem, we will respond by sending a team of friendly, knowledgeable service technicians and leaders to your home. We will make a full inspection and assessment of your property, making sure to note where all of the damage and future potential trouble spots lie. We find the source of the water intrusion, if not visible, for repair. We must identify the water to determine if it is contaminated (such as Black Water from a sewage backup or groundwater intrusion), to use a correct and safe extraction method. Once we have completed this initial diagnosis, we provide you with a full estimate of the cost involved.  We will even help you with the insurance claims process.

How We Deal With Water Damage

Once water damage has taken its toll, engage the path to a solution as soon as possible. This means hiring a professional cleanup and restoration service to drain all of the unwanted water out of the building. We have truck-mounted pumps and portable extractors to quickly dispatch water. Our Applied Structural Drying Technicians (ASD) can dry out your home with the additional aid of air movers and dehumidifiers, both desiccant and refrigerant. Our trained WRT-Water Damage Restoration Technicians, adhere to the cleaning standards of the IICRC . We ensure, by testing with moisture meters, infrared cameras, and hygrometers, that the affected areas are dry. 

If you ever have any issues, rest assured that SERVPRO of Southfield will make it "Like it never even happened."

Are you "Emergency Ready?"

8/4/2016 (Permalink)

As many as 50% of businesses may never recover following a disaster, according to the latest industry research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. 

 How quickly and efficiently would your staff deal with a broken pipe, flooded basement, or even a fire? If you have an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) from SERVPRO, their response to such a disaster may be quick- saving you damage to your building AND your bottom line.

  The ERP is a FREE service one of our representatives can initiate and produce for all of your properties. It includes the mapping of crucial building infastructure, photos and locations, key personal contact information, and so much more. To top it off it is entirely mobile and shareable to all of your designated staff.

  Become "Emergency Ready" today. Contact SERVPRO of Southfield at (248) 377- 2220 today!

Mold 101

8/4/2016 (Permalink)

There is a plethora of bad information floating around about mold. SERVPRO of Greater Pontiac has your back and can help you sort through the facts

  Chances are by now you have seen or heard horror stories about mold. Maybe it's from a neighbor, friend, or even the local news doing a story about the evil "Black Mold" that is spreading across the country. 

  First things first, lets understand one basic fact that some people may not tell you... Mold is everywhere. I can guarantee that you have brought mold into your home. The good thing is that not all mold is harmful. The type of mold, the environment, and how much mold is in an area (measured in spores per cubic meter) goes a long way in determining what steps are necessary to keep your house and your family safe.

 The other factor that makes understanding mold difficult is that there is a plethora of misinformation floating around. What kind of risks are there? How rare is it to find mold in your house? What are the chances that your home insurance covers mold? How do you know which information is accurate? Don't worry, SERVPRO of Greater Pontiac Has your back. Check back over the next few weeks and months to learn more!


1/19/2016 (Permalink)

  The winter season is in full swing. the days are shorter and the tempreature is lower. No matter where you live, winter brings a change in the weather but in Michigan we tend to feel the full effect of harsh winter weather.  In an effort to keep our homes and workplaces cozy, many people use alternative heat sources like fireplaces, portable space heaters, and wood burning stoves.

  In 2011, heating equipment was involved in an estimated 53,600 reported US home structure fires. Unfortunately that's not where the story ends. Along with the fires there were 400 civilian deaths, over 1500 civilian injuries, and $893 million in direct property damage. These fires accounted for 14% of all reported home fires.

  Heating is the second leading cause of home fire deaths, making it important to review ways to help reduce the risk of a heating-related fire. Here are some tips to ensure you stay both warm and safe this winter: 

  • Maintain heating equipment and chimnets by having them cleaned and inspected annually by a qualified professional.
  • Use heating equipment that has the label of a recognized testing laboratory.
  • All heaters need space. Keep flammable objects at least three feet away from heating equipment
  • Plus space heaters directly into outlets, never into an extention cord or power strip
  • When using fuel-burning heaters, use only the fuel specified by the manufacturer
  • Install and maintain carbon monoxide and smoke alarms inside your home and buisness. Test alarms monthly
  • Remember to turn portable heaters off before leaving the room or going to bed. If you are buying a new unit, choose one with a shut off timer.
  • When using a wood burning fireplace, make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to help prevent sparks from flying into the room. Spent fireplace ashes should be cool before removing and putting them into a metal container. The container should be stored away from your home or buisness

  At SERVPRO of Greater Pontiac, we want you to be both warm and safe but if you have a water backup or fire we will make it "Like it never even happened."

Keep Your Kitchen Safe This Thanksgiving

11/23/2015 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Keep Your Kitchen Safe This Thanksgiving From everyone from SERVPRO of Southfield, have a safe and and happy Thanksgiving!

For many people, the fall season is a time to enjoy cooler temperatures, beautifully colored leaves and family oriented get together, like the Thanksgiving holiday. Each November, families, gather to celebrate Thanksgiving holiday. Each November, families gather to celebrate Thanksgiving by preparing a delicious feast, but if you don’t practice safe cooking habits, your happy holiday could become hazardous very quickly.

  Cooling fires are the leading cause of home fires and home fire-related injuries in the United States. In fact, the United States Fire Administration (USFA) says, there are nearly 4,300 fires on Thanksgiving Day. That’s more than double the daily average for residential fires. The leading cause of Thanksgiving Day fires is food left unattended while cooking.

  Whether you or your customers are preparing a quick dinner for two or a lavish Thanksgiving spread, follow these helpful tips to stay safe in the kitchen this Thanksgiving holiday.

Recipe for Kitchen Safety

·         Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop so you can keep an eye on the food

·         Stay in the home when cooking your turkey and check on it frequently

·         Watch children closely, It is a good rule of thumb to keep children three feet away from the cooking area.

·         Clean cooking surfaces to prevent food and grease build-up.

·         Keep curtains, towels and pot holders away from hot surfaces and store solvents and flammable cleaners away from heat sources. Never keep gasoline in the house.

·         Turn pan handles inward to prevent food spills.

·         Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer, or mixer are not dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child

·         Make sure your smoke alarms are working by testing them prior to beginning food preparation

*Tips and statistics reproduced from NFPA’s Website,