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Get Involved! Be a Part of Something Larger

9/25/2017 (Permalink)

Community Get Involved! Be a Part of Something Larger Get Involved! Be a Part of Something Larger

For the final week of National Preparedness Month SERVPRO of Romulus/Taylor encourages you to get involved! Disasters don’t plan ahead. You Can. Get involved and share preparedness info in your community, faith-based organization, business & more: 

  • Business:
  • Ready Campus
    • Make sure your campus is a Ready Campus and prepared for all types of emergencies. Get involved: ready.gov/campus
    • Make sure your school has emergency procedures in place for disasters that could affect your campus.
    • Know how to get in touch with family/friends if phones are down. Text instead of call and mark yourself as safe on social media.
    • If you can’t get in touch with family/friends after a disaster, register yourself as “Safe and Well” on theRed Cross’ website
    • Sign up to receive alerts from your school in case of an emergency like an active shooter event or natural disaster.
  • Faith-Based Preparedness
    • Keep your congregation safe – make sure your house of worship has a plan for all types of emergencies.
    • Faith-based venues can become targets. Protect your congregation & house of worship by preparing for emergencies: fema.gov/faith-resources
    • Take steps to protect your house of worship from arson. Illuminate the exterior/entrances and clear anything that could fuel fire.

National Fire Pup Day

9/25/2017 (Permalink)

Community National Fire Pup Day Sparky Driving the SERVPRO Fire Truck

October 1st is National Fire Pup Day. Today we at SERVPRO recognize the canine firefighters that have long been members of fire departments across the country. When most of us think of a “fire pup”, the image that comes to mind is a Dalmatian. Have you ever wondered how Dalmatians became the firefighter’s mascot?

In the days of horse-drawn carriages, dogs were a popular means of protection for the carriage’s occupants. Dalmatians were a popular carriage dog breed, partly due to their natural athleticism, and partly due to the fact that they were well-behaved around horses. It didn’t take long for the Dalmatian to make the jump from carriage dog to fire dog.

Early firefighting equipment was horse-drawn, and Dalmatians were frequently used as “sirens” running along ahead of the horses, barking warnings that told people the fire wagon was coming and to “get out of the way.” Fire pups also guarded the wagons as the firefighters worked, and even did “chores” (like chasing rats) around the firehouse. Today Dalmatians don’t run ahead of fire trucks, but they still maintain a visible presence at many fire departments as a mascot and fire-safety symbol.

While most firefighting-related jobs have been taken over by machines, machines haven’t completely replaced dogs in search and rescue efforts. According to the Search Dog Foundation—a non-profit organization that helps partner rescue dogs with firefighters—fire pups need to be able to focus and concentrate even when surrounded by loud noises or strangers, and they need to be healthy and athletic. Not surprisingly, common search dog breeds include retriever breeds like Golden Retrievers and Labradors, as well as herding breeds like German Shepherds and Border Collies.

Practice and Build Out Your Plans

9/18/2017 (Permalink)

Community Practice and Build Out Your Plans Practice and Build Out Your Plans

It’s Week three of National Preparedness Month! Disasters don’t plan ahead. You Can. Every disaster plan should include an Emergency Financial First Aid Kit (EFFAK).

Here are more tips from SERVPRO of Romulus/Taylor on how to practice and build out your plans in case of a disaster:

  • Maintain emergency savings for use in case of an emergency
  • Participate in an emergency drill
  • Know how to access community resources (e.g., shelters, food banks)
  • Maintain emergency savings in case of a disaster.
  • Do you know how to access community resources where you live? Search online today.
  • Make digital copies of important documents and save them on the cloud or a secure cell phone app in case disaster strikes. 
  • Have at least a one-week supply of medications.
  • Flood insurance policies have a 30-day waiting period before they go into effect. Plan now for floods floodsmart.gov
  • Give yourself financial peace of mind & create an emergency savings account that can be used in a crisis
  • Financial prep tip: gather & store critical personal, household, & medical information for easy access during a disaster.

Make a Plan for Yourself, Family and Friends

9/1/2017 (Permalink)

Community Make a Plan for Yourself, Family and Friends MAKE A PLAN

September is National Preparedness Month. Follow our weekly blog posts designed to help you prepare for a disaster. Disasters don’t plan ahead. You Can.  This week we are focusing on making a plan for yourself, family and your friends.

Make a plan today. Your family may not be together if a disaster strikes, so it is important to know which types of disasters could affect your area.  Preparing the family for an emergency is as simple as a conversation over dinner. Here are some ideas from SERVPRO of Romulus/Taylor to get you started:

  • Know how you’ll contact one another and reconnect if separated.
  • Establish a family meeting place that’s familiar and easy to find.
  • Download a group texting app so your entire family can keep in touch before, during & after an emergency.
  • Practice evacuating in the car with your animals, so they’re more comfortable if you need to evacuate in an emergency.
  • Consider downloading the Fema app with weather alerts for up to 5 locations: fema.gov/mobile-app
  • Sign up for local emergency alerts in your area by searching online.

Keeping yourself, family and your friends safe is your first priority when disaster strikes. Be sure you have plan in place before disaster strikes. For more information on creating and implementing a Disaster Plan visit Ready.gov.

Plan to Help Your Neighbor and Community

9/1/2017 (Permalink)

Community Plan to Help Your Neighbor and Community Plan to Help Your Neighbor and Community

It’s week two of National Preparedness Month! Disasters don’t plan ahead. You Can.  Do you know what to do when an emergency happens?

Here are some helpful tips and links from SERVPRO of Romulus/Taylor to help you know what to do until help arrives:

Did you know almost half of Americans expect to rely on their neighbors after a disaster? Here are some ideas from SERVPRO of Saginaw to help you help your neighbors in an emergency:

  • Plan today:  Your neighbor may have to rely on you during an emergency. Will you be ready:  https://go.usa.gov/xRf4N
  • Preparation can help your community discover activities to keep you and your neighbors safe: ready.gov/prepare 
  • Plan a preparedness event for your community. Get FREE planning guides from: http://bit.ly/29Kjc0Q
  • DYK: In the wake of an emergency, it’s okay to move the injured away from ongoing danger. Learn how you can help here: ready.gov/until-help-arrives

Do Not Wait Until It Is Too Late To Get Fire Damage Restoration

8/30/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Do Not Wait Until It Is Too Late To Get Fire Damage Restoration Soot and smoke are typically what causes property damage.

Fire accidents are dangerous and can lead to property damage and physical injuries. Soot and smoke are typically what causes property damage. Many homeowners struggle to decide whether they should move out and purchase a new home. However, it is important to note that a Romulus/Taylor fire damage restoration company, like SERVPRO Romulus/Taylor, can restore your home to its original state and help you save money.


What Happens After A Fire Calamity?
Soot and smoke are produced in large quantities after a fire. This occurs when household items get burnt, and the smoke and soot that are released into the air and find somewhere to settle. The walls, carpet, and appliances are things that are typically affected by smoke and soot. They will start turning a yellow color and will eventually be destroyed by the smoke and soot. The items also make it difficult to remove odor.

Many homeowners think that they can handle fire damage on their own. However, it is best to call a professional to handle this job.


The Procedure For Restoring Home That Has Been Damaged By Fire
The main goal is to restore your home to its original state. The professionals at SERVPRO Romulus/Taylor will take the following steps to ensure that your home is restored:

Inspection
A specialist will inspect your home to determine the extent of the fire damage. Structural damage and smoke damage are the major concerns. They will then decide the type of cleaning methods and products that they will use.


Protecting The Unaffected Areas
The professionals will need to protect the areas that were not damaged by the fire from damage.


Restoration Process
Below are the two methods that professionals can use to perform restoration:

    •    Desiccant dry air moisture restoration- Professionals will use special tools to get rid of the excess moisture in your home.

    •    Vacuum Freeze Restoration- This is used for restoring books and photos.


The nature of the fire damage is what the professionals at SERVPRO Romulus/Taylor take into consideration when they are deciding which method to use. The specialists will also remove debris and any other materials that accumulated as the result of the damage. Items that are severely damaged will need to be replaced. Firefighters typically use a lot of water to put out the fire, and this creates excess moisture. Specialists will remove the excess water. The next step is soot removal followed by ash removal and deodorization. Additionally, this process will warrant the need for new painting.

How to Know When You Need a Mold Remediation Company

8/30/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation How to Know When You Need a Mold Remediation Company Mold can grow and destroy the structure of the house.

Mold is a hazard that can exist in a home for months or years before being detected. Although mold might seem harmless, it is not. It is something that most homeowners cannot deal with alone. Mold can destroy a house. It is important to know when you need to contact SERVPRO of Taylor.

Why You Cannot Ignore Mold in the Home
Some homeowners see mold on walls or baseboards and choose to ignore it. This is always a mistake. Mold can grow and slowly destroy the structure of the house. It can rot wood and drywall. It can decompose carpets. Mold damage can make a home unlivable. Additionally, mold can cause respiratory problems and can even release mycotoxins that will harm anyone living in the house.

Removing Mold Yourself
It is tempting to think that you can deal with a Taylor mold problem yourself. This might be true if you see just a small amount on a non-porous surface like a metal fixture or a plastic bracket. Bleach can usually kill that mold. Unfortunately, if you spot mold, then there is likely much more on porous surfaces like your walls. It might even be hidden between the walls, under sinks or inside carpets. You do not want to rely on do-it-yourself solutions if you detect mold in your home.

When to Call SERVPRO
You should call a mold remediation company whenever you find a significant amount of mold in one place, or patches of mold spread throughout your house. A remediation company, like SERVPRO, will test your home for mold, seek out the source of the mold and then remove it. They can often repair or stop any Taylor mold damage. The company will be able to use special tools to find hidden mold in your home. They will remove the mold in a way so that spores are not redistributed into other rooms. It is always best to call SERVPRO when you find patches of mold in the house.

Preventative Actions to Take
After SERVPRO of Taylor finishes, you can do a few things to prevent future problems. Start by ensuring your house is well ventilated to remove excess moisture. Check your insulation since it acts as a moisture barrier. Maintain a good temperature so that the air is not overly humid. If you do experience humidity problems, then run a dehumidifier during the day. These actions can slow or prevent the growth of mold. 

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Taylor is close by and ready to help with your mold-damaged property. We are proud to be an active member of the Taylor community and want to pitch in and help make our community the best it can be.

When a major storm or event occurs, we can call upon our national network of 1,650 SERVPRO Franchises and special Disaster Recovery Teams if we need additional resources or personnel.

SERVPRO now offers Financing to help cover the costs of our Emergency Services

8/30/2017 (Permalink)

General SERVPRO now offers Financing to help cover the costs of our Emergency Services Disasters never pick an opportune time to occur, and our piggy banks often bear the brunt of an emergency situation.

Disasters never pick an opportune time to occur, and our piggy banks often bear the brunt of an emergency situation.

Disasters never pick an opportune time to occur.  And, our piggy banks often bear the brunt of an emergency situation.  If you need help paying for fire or water recovery, SERVPRO of Romulus/Taylor can help. 

Through our new financing program, qualified customers can receive up to $55,000 in financing to apply toward emergency mitigation and reconstruction projects undertaken by our franchise.  The web-based loan application process is conducted on-site with your SERVPRO representative.  It is secure and efficient, and approvals are provided in minutes – not days.

Imagine your relief with the opportunity to take months to cover the cost of emergency services instead of paying out-of-pocket at the time the disaster occurs.

Through SERVPRO’s new emergency line of credit, we’re offering yet another way to make it “Like it never even happened.”

For more information, or to learn if you qualify, please contact SERVPRO of Romulus/Taylor at (734) 992-3138.

Top 10 Franchise: 3rd out of 1,700 in Total Sales Volume

8/30/2017 (Permalink)

Community Top 10 Franchise: 3rd out of 1,700 in Total Sales Volume Top 10 Franchise: 3rd out of 1,700 in Total Sales Volume.

SERVPRO of Romulus/Taylor has once again been recognized as a national leader for outstanding sales volume performance.


As part of SERVPRO’s National Convention held last June in Seattle, Wash., owners Randy Miller and Mike Snyder received the “Legend Gold” award for outstanding performance in 2016. The award places the group third in total sales volume among more than 1,700 franchises throughout the United States.


“Receiving this recognition is indeed an honor,” says Miller. “It truly is a reflection of the outstanding team we have assembled. From our project managers and technicians in the field to the office staff and management team, we are all dedicated to resolving any size disaster.”


This award marks the 10th time in as many years the franchise has been ranked among the nation’s top 10 producers.