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Faster to Any Size Disaster

8/2/2020 (Permalink)

24/7 service to Metro Detroit SERVPRO of Southfield provides 24 hour disaster restoration services throughout Metro Detroit including Fire, Water, Mold, and More.

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 know when you live in Michigan, where seasons suddenly Change

8/2/2020 (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

8/2/2020 (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 significant meaning to us. Our commitment 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.

  Although we pride ourselves on meeting these three numbers, frequently we beat them. 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."

What to expect from a restoration company

8/2/2020 (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."

What to do when a water loss happens

4/3/2019 (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"?

5/7/2018 (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!

What to expect from a restoration company

5/7/2018 (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."

Our 1-4-8 Promise

5/7/2018 (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 significant meaning to us. Our commitment 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.

  Although we pride ourselves on meeting these three numbers, frequently we beat them. 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."

Stay Warm this Winter

2/15/2018 (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 business. 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 business
At SERVPRO of Southfield, 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."

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"