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SERVPRO and Your Insurance Company

6/3/2020 (Permalink)

Why choose SERVPRO for your repairs and restoration?

We offer you and your insurance company a variety of competitive advantages.

-Our professionals pride themselves on restoring your home or property correctly the first time and in a timely manner so you can get back to your life. This will allow for lower claims costs for your insurance provider and satisfied customers. 

-Our large team of professionals are trained for any size disaster. This means a quicker response time for your home or business.  

-SERVPRO franchise professionals can provide an itemized loss inventory. You will receive an Excel formatted report and pictures of important items.

-SERVPRO Franchise Professionals must agree to 21 different guidelines to receive Insurance Client referrals. From insurance to background checks on employees, each requirement is maintained continually to help ensure clients get the best possible service providers performing work.

What to Look for as Businesses Reopen

5/29/2020 (Permalink)

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the definition of clean and has 89% of consumers nervous about returning to the retail world.

SERVPRO cleaning specialist in Flint, recommends paying attention to four key things as businesses reopen.

1. Look for "signs" of clean

When you first walk into the building you should immediately look for signs that the space has been cleaned recently. A clean space will be free of visible dirt and trash. Fingerprints in high traffic areas are a good sign that cleaning is not high priority. Standalone sanitation stations are a good sign that disinfecting is a priority. Many businesses are also hanging signage to remind guests to use proper social distancing protocols.  

2. What adjustments have staff made?

Everyone has a responsibility to stop the spread of coronavirus. The staff of retail businesses, restaurants, or community centers should be properly trained in CDC-approved cleaning methods. If employees are not using proper techniques or products, it might be due to a lack of proper training. Look for staff who are wearing gloves and masks and are practicing safe distancing when interacting with customers. 

3. What adjustment has the business made to the physical space?

Many businesses and facilities have made physical changed to their buildings to help reduce the risk of spreading illness. The business may adjust to traffic flow of patrons to prevent congested areas. Contactless point-of-sale are becoming more common, and many businesses are constructing barriers between employees and guests. Some have even added markers on the floor to indicate the safe 6-feet distance. One good way to help prevent the spread of infection is to reduce the number of touch points, such as propping doors open and opening windows to increase airflow. Some of the businesses are going a step further and reducing the number of customers allowed inside the space at one time. 

4. Does it look like " business as usual?"

in the same way that the country changed following 9/11, what we once knew as "normal" may change forever. If a facility is still operating gin the way it did before the coronavirus pandemic, there is a good chance the managers or staff are not taking the illness seriously and are not prioritizing the health of their employees and guests. many have reduced there hours of operation or offered times when they are open only for at-risk individuals, such as senior citizens or those who are immune-compromised. Before stepping out of your door, check the company's social media pages or their website for communications about their hours and the steps they are taking to protect patrons. These locations should be following federal, state, and local mandates with regard to safety. 

Reopening America requires all of us to move forward together by practicing social distancing and other daily habits to help reduce the risk of exposure to the coronavirus. 

SERVPRO specializes in disaster restoration, cleanup, and repair services, helping to remediate damage,making it "Like it never even happened," for both commercial and residential customers. 

Our Thank you to Everyone on The Front Line

4/10/2020 (Permalink)

In an effort to thank our first responders for what they are doing to protect our communities, we are currently offering sanitizing and fogging services for ambulances, fire trucks, and police cars at no cost. We know each company is taking their own precautions, we are offering our services as a professional cleaning company to go above and beyond for you as a thank you.

We are reaching out individually to the first responders in our area, but we want to make sure we don’t miss anyone.

For anyone that would like to be scheduled, or has questions, please contact marketing manager Lauren Goslee on her cell phone at 810-569-2861.

Thank you to everyone who is working so hard to keep us safe in the fight against COVID-19.

Safety Measures Against the Coronavirus

3/13/2020 (Permalink)

About Coronavirus

The CDC is responding to an outbreak of a respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and has spread to 60 locations internationally (as of this publication), including cases in the United States. The virus known as “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”) is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person or through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

Scope of Cleanup Protocol

SERVPRO professionals can perform a proactive cleanup that involves facility or structure cleaning and disinfection where the customer states that there is no active known threat of COVID-19 contamination or exposure. The customer will be required to acknowledge that cleaning and disinfecting will only apply to the current state of the structure and contents. The structure would not be protected from future COVID-19 contamination if an infected person was to enter and occupy the building.

Cleanup Scope of Work and Planning

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs,light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and tables at a minimum. These same surfaces are mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces as well: 

• Kitchen/Food Areas

• Bathrooms

• Schools/Classrooms

• Offices

• Retail Spaces

• Water Fountains

• Shelving and Racks

• Sales Counters

• Carpets and rugs

• Stair Handrails

• Elevator Cars

• Playground Equipment

• Fitness Equipment

Cleanup and Disinfecting Procedures

Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of waste. The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar type organisms to COVID-19. SERVPROXIDE, SERVPRO’s proprietary disinfectant, is a hospital-grade disinfectant that has demonstrated effectiveness against viruses similar to SARS-CoV-2 on hard, non-porous surfaces. In addition, SERVPROXIDE currently has dozens of EPA-approved claims including Feline coronavirus, Canine coronavirus, Staphylococcus (MRSA), E. coli, Salmonella, Rotavirus, Swine flu (H1N1) and more. Porous surfaces that are not water-sensitive, such as carpet and other fabric material, cannot be disinfected but can be sanitized using SERVPROXIDE.

Rid the Sickness with SERVPRO of Lapeer

3/2/2020 (Permalink)

The CDC estimates that almost 62,000 people died from the flu in the 2018-2019 flu season. That is the highest it has been in over 4 decades. The spread of the flu from person to person often happens in our work places or our children's schools and daycare facilities. 

Let SERVPRO of Lapeer help to keep your business as germ free as possible. We have an amazing, specially trained cleaning team that can come in and address every inch of your business. 

What we offer:

  • Air Ducts and HVAC
  • Biohazard
  • Carpet and Upholstery
  • Ceilings, Floors, and Walls
  • Document Restoration
  • Drapes and Blinds
  • Odor Removal
  • Sewage
  • Trauma and Crime Scene
  • Vandalism

Lets Talk Tech

2/5/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Lapeer and Grand Blanc has all of the latest and greatest restoration technology. 

Moisture Detection

Scientific drying principles rely upon specialized equipment to detect, measure, and monitor a property’s moisture levels. Recent advances, like infrared cameras, can help us detect water through a wall, ceiling, or floor.

Water Extraction Equipment 

Powerful equipment is key when it comes to the drying process and removing the majority of standing water you may have in your home or business. 

  •  To meet this demand,      SERVPRO has gas-powered pumps for continuous pumping of high level water. our truck-mounted and portable extraction units make for fast and efficient water removal.

Drying Equipment

Industrial strength air movers and dehumidifiers are needed to remove the remaining moisture from your home or business. Proper drying helps to prevent swelling and warping of floors, walls, and furniture.

  • High-speed air movers causes moisture to evaporate at a faster pace and Industrial grade dehumidifiers pull the water vapor from the air.

Odor Removers 

Air scrubbers and thermal foggers are used to remove the intense smells that accompany fire and water damage. These machines remove air-borne contaminants while controlling the air quality. 

Should you find your self in need of a highly recommended restoration company, call SERVPRO of Lapeer today.

810-664-1000

Safe Snow Removal

2/3/2020 (Permalink)

Snow on your roof can lead to leaks, mildew buildup in your attic, and damage to your gutters. It has  been a pretty mild winter so far but we at SERVPRO of Lapeer have a feeling it is not over just yet. Pay attention to the following three tips for safe snow removal. 

1. Stay at ground level if possible. If it is wet you can assume it is slippery. Better to stay closer to the ground.

2. Dont let snow pile too high, remove as much as you can. Falling ice or a buildup of snow can be dangerous. The weight of the snow on your roof can also result in water leaks. 

3. Use a plastic shovel. They are lightweight, flexible and easy to handle. Snow is also less likely to stick to a plastic blade. 

Roof Damage and Repair

1/28/2020 (Permalink)

Roof damage is always a major concern when big rain or snow storms come through. Usually the signs are very evident. Water spots on the ceiling,curled shingles, wet walls or winter ice damage are are all very easy ways to determine if your roof is in need of a little TLC.

Missing shingles are always a sure tell sign but you should also pay close attention to any possible damage done to the remaining shingles. 

Missing flashing at the edges of the roof, vents and chimneys should also be attended too in order to prevent unwanted water from entering your home during the next storm. 

pealing sealant can also cause problems so be sure to look for that as well.

SERVPRO of Lapeer is on call 24/7. We can restore or replace any issues with your roof.

Do not hesitate to give us a call today....

810-664-1000

Document Restoration

1/22/2020 (Permalink)

Major water or fire damage can leave you feeling helpless over the loss of important family documents and photographs or books. SERVPRO knows that quick mediation is the key to recovering your damaged property. 

What can we restore?

  • paper documents
  • books and magazines
  • manuscripts and files
  • photographs, films, negatives, and microfiche
  • x-rays
  • blueprints and maps
  • parchment

How do we do it?

We use innovative vacuum freeze-drying techniques. Our vacuum freeze-drying process is the only method approved by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and the General Services Administration (GSA).

With major water damage documents can we exposed to mold and bacteria. SERVPRO uses a gamma irradiation process to safely and effectively sterilize your documents. We are also able to digitize your valuable documents and photographs. It will save you space allow for easy and fast access. 

What is a sump pump? What happens when it fails you?

1/12/2020 (Permalink)

Hundreds of Michigan residents are finding out just how important it is to have a battery back up for your sump pump in the case of a power outage. After the severe weather we experienced this weekend many basements have been left with standing water.

A sump pump eliminates moisture and prevents flooding by collecting excess water from drains and pumping it out and away from the building. You will find a sump pump sitting in a specially constructed pit that sits lower than the basement floor in homes that are susceptible to major rain and snow fall. 

If your pump stops working, water could get into your basement and foundation walls. This may cause mold and mildew to grow and if enough water builds up, the basement can flood. 

How do you know your sump pump is working?

You can check your sump pump tow different ways. Two separate plugs are attached to the unit. Unplug them both and then plug in only the one for the pump. If the pump does not immediately turn on then something is wrong. Your other option is to add water and wait to see if the pump turns on and properly evacuates the water.