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Biohazard, Crime Scene, and Vandalism Cleanup

3/3/2022 (Permalink)

Biohazard, Crime Scene, and Vandalism Cleanup

Recognized as a leading fire and water cleanup and restoration provider by hundreds of insurance companies, SERVPRO Professionals also offer fast, reliable biohazard and crime scene cleanup and restoration services to residential and commercial property owners.

Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences for building occupants, employees, customers, and owners.  A failure to properly handle and safely remove such hazardous substances can contribute to unhealthy and even dangerous environments. 

The SERVPRO of Marine City/ Romeo professionals are trained to safely and effectively remove biohazardous substances and prepare waste for proper disposal according to OSHA, EPA, and state and local health regulations.

Equipped with the necessary safety equipment and cleaning products, the SERVPRO of Marine City/ Romeo professionals help turn unsafe environments into clean, safe homes, and offices.

SERVPRO of Marine City/ Romeo professionals can help with the following issues:

  • Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Methamphetamine Labs
  • Crime Scene Residues
  • Arson
  • Vandalism
  • Sewage Backups
  • Black Water Intrusions
  • Mold Mitigation and Remediation

Bloodborne Pathogens

SERVPRO of Marine City/ Romeo can professionals remove and dispose of bodily fluids, tissue, and other potentially pathogenic substances resulting from accident, trauma, crime, or death. Trained SERVPRO technicians thoroughly clean, disinfect, and deodorize, the structure.

Methamphetamine Labs

Many of the chemicals used in the production of illegal drugs, such as methamphetamine, are volatile and can leave harmful residues throughout a structure. SERVPRO of Marine City/ Romeo professionals follow federal and state guidelines to properly clean all surfaces.

Crime Scene Residues

From fingerprint power and evidence-gathering chemicals to tear gas and pepper spray residues, SERVPRO of Marine City/ Romeo professionals can clean and restore your property and contents.

Arson and Vandalism

SERVPRO professionals are recognized as leaders at helping property owners recover quickly from fire and water damage. SERVPRO also provides general cleaning and deodorization services for situations resulting from vandalism including graffiti, egg, spoiled foods, and human or animal waste.

Water Mitigation, and what it means

3/3/2022 (Permalink)

What does water mitigation mean?

Water mitigation refers to the process of properly cleaning, sanitizing, drying, repairing, and restoring a property to its pre-water damage condition. Every property and water damage situation is unique, requiring an individualized plan of action to complete the mitigation process.

Identify Source The first step to fixing water damage in your home is to identify the source of the water. In some cases, like broken plumbing or natural disaster, the source will be easily identifiable. However, in other cases the cause may be difficult to identify if it is behind a wall or ceiling. Once the source of water is identified you will need to take steps to remedy the problem and seal the leak.

Fixing plumbing, sealing fixture casing, or altering landscaping water flow channels may be all you need to remedy the situation. However, in some cases you will need a professional to identify and repair the source of unwanted water flow.

Clean Standing Water

The next step you need to take to fix water damage in your home is to clean any standing water. In most water damage situations there are pools of water in low lying areas. In some cases you can use a common wet/dry vacuum to remove water, mud, or other debris from flooding. However more severe flooding cases require industrial water extractors to handle the volume and density of polluted water.

Dehumidify After standing water has been removed you will need to dehumidify the remaining moisture. This is one of the most important steps you need to take to fix water damage in your home or office. Residual moisture can cause warping and other property damage as well as lead to serious health issues like the formation of mold, bacteria, and other contaminants. Dehumidification removes hidden moisture to eliminate the possibility of further damage occurring once the primary water has been removed.

Clean and Sanitize

after the water and moisture have been removed the next step to fix water damage is to clean and sanitize the impacted areas. Flood water often brings sewage and other pollutants with it. These contaminants must be removed before final repairs are conducted. Commercial cleaners and industrial sanitizers will ensure that your property is effectively cleaned and treated.

Repair and Restore

The final step in fixing water damage is repair and restoration. Any flooring or carpeting that was damaged must be cleaned or replaced. Damaged walls may need to have sections replaced or repainted.

 SERVPRO of Marine City/ Romeo can help with all of your water damage needs.

Call us today: 586-336-7373

Mold can grow anywhere and everywhere

3/1/2022 (Permalink)

Mold grows in… everything

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), mold is everywhere—it grows year-round and can be found both indoors and outdoors. Mold is a living organism and, as such, it grows and spreads when it has the right conditions—and it likes the damp.

Outdoor molds are commonly found in shady, damp areas and in soil. Indoors, mold can be found where humidity and moisture levels are high, such as in basements, kitchens, bathrooms and on ceilings and wall interiors where water from leaky pipes, roofs or windows can accumulate.

Indoor mold can be ruinous to surfaces (like walls and wallcoverings) and to your belongings.

Most mold is not covered by a standard homeowner’s policy

Mold, like rot and insect infestation, is a home maintenance issue and these are generally not however, in the event that mold growth is the direct result of a covered peril such as a burst pipe, the cost of eliminating the mold may be covered. If you have federal flood insurance, it may cover you for mold and/or mildew damage—but only if it is directly attributable to a flood.

However, since it's unlikely you're covered for mold, it's even more important to keep your home mold-free—and in that effort, a strong offense is definitely your best defense.

Covered by standard homeowner’s insurance policies.

Call SERVPRO of Marine City/ Romeo today. We can help. 586-336-7373

Biohazard and dealing with death

3/1/2022 (Permalink)

The death of a loved one is a devastating event for family and friends. When a person dies in the home or at a business, the cleanup afterward can prove too traumatic for family to perform. Outdoor scenes of death are often cleaned by a fire department, but if someone has died inside a building cleanup needs can be extensive. Odor, blood spills and tissue remains may need to be removed. Specific procedures should be followed to ensure permanent remediation, allowing dignified closure of a painful chapter. 

Warnings

  • Always confirm professional cleanup services are certified or licensed in accordance with your state regulations for death-related cleanup projects.

Instructions included in this article are intended as general guidelines and do not constitute training or certification in biohazard cleanup or removal.

Always wear OSHA-compliant protective gear when cleaning up biohazardous materials, including blood, brain matter, feces, vomit, and decomposition seepage.

Call SERVPRO of Marine City/ Romeo for all your Biohazard needs @ 586-336-7373

Sandbags

3/1/2022 (Permalink)

Sandbags 

In the wake of the St. Clair County flood Warnings You've probably heard about using sandbags to help prevent flooding in your home or business. Little did you know as with any prevention and protection there is a right way and a wrong way. 

Sandbagging is an old flood prevention technique that's simple, but still effective. If the bags are not filled and stacked properly, though, they will be useless. Here are some tips and steps for the most effective way use sandbags:

  • Only use sand in the bags:
  • Try to use coarse sand:
  • When building a sandbag wall, it's crucial for the bags to shape around each other tightly:
  • Stagger the sandbags on top of one another:
  • Set up your sandbags before flooding is anticipated:

Mold Myths

2/28/2022 (Permalink)

Mold Myths

Its name evokes images of green rot. Mold is a menacing pollutant existing naturally in the environment. But it's the last thing you want growing in your home.

Like most people, you probably know that indoor mold ruins homes and threatens health. And you might agree that the first step to eliminating mold is locating its sources.

But do you know where to look for mold? Or even that using a popular disinfectant to clean it can do more harm than good? Chances are, you've been duped by these mold myths that should be laid to rest:

  • A Clean Home is Mold-Free.

A dirt-free home is no guarantee against mold infestation. Mold thrives in closets, dark corners, and drywall, a common construction material in homes today. Its microscopic spores sail through the air, so you can't see them or know where they land.

  • Your home has no moldy odors.

It's true that gasses produced by mold give off a musty odor. But it's false to assume that having no odor means your home isn't infested. Not all molds produce smells. And if mold is lurking in a basement, its smell doesn't enter the air you normally breathe. It's there, and you never knew it.

  • Your home's basement never floods.

Wet basements are a major source of mold. But they're just one of many in your home. Other mainsprings for mold are humidifiers, leaky pipes, dryers that vent indoors, bathrooms and cooking areas that aren't ventilated, even carpets in a basement.

  • Bleach can remove mold.

A powerful disinfectant, bleach wipes away mold on glass, metal, or plastic surfaces. But while its chlorine component doesn't penetrate to the sources of mold in drywall and wood, the water contained in bleach does. And--you guessed it--that water lingers beneath the surfaces, providing more than enough food for mold to grow.

IICRC Certified

2/28/2022 (Permalink)

IICRC Certified

SERVPRO of Marine City/ Romeo is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms must

  • Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.
  • Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.
  • Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.
  • Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.
  • Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC Develops the Standards for the Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

About SERVPRO of Marine City/ Romeo

SERVPRO Marine City/ Romeo 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 and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: 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.

Call SERVPRO of Marine City/ Romeo Today, We can help. 586-336-7373

Disaster Recovery Service

2/28/2022 (Permalink)

Disaster Recovery:

When your home or business is struck by a fire, flood, major storm, or any other kind of disaster, you need fast, reliable service to help you get back up on your feet. SERVPRO of Marine City/ Romeo can help.

We are available 365 days a year and 24 hours a day.

Fire

Mold

Smoke

Water

Odor

Large Loss

We are here to help.

Biohazard and Restoration cleanup

2/28/2022 (Permalink)

Biohazard Cleanup and Restoration

Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences. A failure to properly remove such substances can contribute to unhealthy and dangerous environments. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are trained to safely clean and remove biohazardous substances and dispose of them properly in accordance with OSHA and health regulations.

Equipped with the necessary safety apparatus and cleaning products, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are here to help transform any unsafe environments back into clean, safe homes and offices.

Helpful hints for a Flooded Bathroom

2/25/2022 (Permalink)

Flooded bathroom? Here Are Some Helpful Tips.

 Clogged toilets can happen in the best-kept homes. Busy families can forget someone’s filling up the tub. A pipe can freeze during the night and burst before you’re awake. From faulty plumbing to a sewage backup, it doesn’t take much to flood the bathroom.

Before you grab a mop, ask yourself a quick question: Do you know the best way to take care of a flooded bathroom and keep water damage to a minimum?

SERVPRO Marine City /Romeo 586-336-7373 we know how to tackle this kind of work. It’s a big job, and you need to take it one step at a time. It’s our goal to help make your next bathroom cleanup project a little easier.

You want to address bathroom flooding as quickly as you can. Standing water soaks subflooring, wicks into sheetrock and creates a perfect breeding environment for unhealthy mold and mildew.

These 10 steps get you on the road to flooded bathroom recovery.

  1. TURN OFF THE WATER: Locate the sink or toilet valve so that you can shut off the water supply and stop the flooding. The oval-shaped knobs are usually under the sink and behind the toilet.

Helpful Tip: If you’re dealing with a burst pipe, turn off your home’s water supply at the outside main.

  1. FIX THE PROBLEM: Determine the exact source of the flood water, and clear the clog, or fix the leak. We recommend calling SERVPRO Marine City/ Romeo @ 586-336-7373
  2. 3. DOCUMENT THE DAMAGE: Even minor bathroom flooding can turn into serious water damage, so take pictures before you start cleaning. Save them as documentation in case you need to file an insurance claim.
  3. CLEAN OUT CABINETS: Get everything out of vanity cabinets and any other storage in contact with the wet floor. Check these areas for damage, and determine what kind of cleanup they need.

Helpful Tip: Leave cabinet doors and drawers open to help circulate air and speed up the drying process.

  1. REMOVE STANDING WATER: Tackle minor floods on tile or vinyl floors with old towels, and finish up with a good mopping. Lay newspapers flat inside cabinets to absorb excess moisture in hard-to-reach spaces. If the flooding is severe, please call SERVPRO Marine City/ Romeo @ 586-336-7373 24 hours a day.
  2. USE A WET VACUUM: If you’re dealing with several inches of flooding or a carpeted bathroom floor, extract the water with a wet vacuum. Be sure to follow the equipment’s instruction manual for safe use.
  3. 7. PULL OFF BASEBOARDS: Carefully pry baseboards away from walls so that you can check sheetrock at floor level. The porous material can quickly soak up flood water, and you need to

Helpful Tip: leave the baseboards off until you’ve finished cleaning the bathroom.

  1. START THE DRYING PROCESS: Set up as many fans as possible, and arrange them so that their air circulation creates crosscurrents. Consider renting a large dehumidifier to speed up the drying process.{ Dehumidifiers remove access moisture}
  2. REMOVE DAMAGED SHEETROCK: Soaked sheetrock is a perfect breeding ground for mold, so don’t try to salvage it. Tear out and replace any wallboard that doesn’t dry within three days.
  3. SCRUB AND DISINFECT: Clean floors, cabinets and any other surfaces affected by bathroom flood waters. Finish off the job with a disinfectant designed to prevent mold growth.

YOU CAN’T ALWAYS DO IT YOURSELF:

If you have experienced any of the above, please don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO marine city/ romeo @ 586-336-7373 24 hours a day.