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Winter Weather Storm Damage

2/5/2021 (Permalink)

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Accumulating snowfall is expected through this evening, bringing a widespread several inches of snow to Northern Michigan. Additional lake effect snow and high winds are expected. With this winter weather advisory in effect, don't forget SERVPRO is here to help with damages from cold temperatures, heavy snowfall, ice storms and freezing rain. Cold weather and winter storms can cause significant damage with little warning. Stay safe everyone.

Make sure to call SERVPRO of Gaylord & Cheboygan for any of your winter storm damage needs! We provide emergency restoration and services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

989-705-2400

Deep Fryer Safety

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

According to the National Fire Protection Association, deep fryer fires cause an average of 5 deaths, 60 injuries, and more than $15 million in property damage each year. Deep fryers are great for cooking up some delicious food for gatherings, etc. But, frying is more dangerous than any other types of cooking because it involves cooking oil and grease. Not to mention, deep fryers involve larger quantities of hot cooking oil, so it creates a higher risk of injury and loss.

To avoid a fire, please follow these safety tips provided by The National Fire Protection Association:

  • Always use cooking equipment tested and approved by a recognized testing facility.
  • Follow manufacturer’s instructions and code requirements when installing and operating cooking equipment.
  • Plug cooking appliances directly into an outlet. Never use an extension cord for a cooking appliance as it can overload the circuit and cause a fire. Watch what you heat!
  • The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking. Stay in the kitchen when you are frying food. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the deep fryer.
  • Do not use too much deep-frying oil. Having too much will result in excessive spillage.
  • Stay alert! To prevent cooking fires, you must be alert.
  • Keep the deep fryer clean and change cooking oil regularly.
  • Keep pets away to prevent them from knocking over the deep fryer or knocking something onto or into the deep fryer.
  • Keep anything that can catch fire – potholders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, boxes, food packaging, towels, or curtains – away from your deep fryer.

If you happen to have damage from a fryer fire, we have specialized equipment, specific training, and certifications at SERVPRO of Gaylord & Cheboygan that allow us to restore your home to pre-fire condition "Like it never even happened."

For any of your fire loss needs call us at (989) 705-2400

Smoke or Soot Damage In Your Home?

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

Even a small fire or smoke throughout your home can cause soot damage to cover your entire home structure and belongings. Your home may also suffer from water damage if you have had the fire department respond due to firefighting efforts. This type of secondary damage can be especially upsetting and destructive for your family to process. If you have suffered any type of smoke damage or fire in your home, you may feel stressed, confused, and vulnerable, so you’ll need a caring expert to guide you through this crisis. We’ll treat you with respect and empathy, and we’ll always treat your home and belongings with care.

SERVPRO of Gaylord & Cheboygan specializes and is trained in fire and water damage restoration. We have the specific damage restoration training, personnel, and equipment and can quickly restore your home and your affected contents to pre-fire condition.

Don't wait! Give us a call today and we can help!

989-705-2400

Fire Damage Process

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

Fire and smoke damage is especially destructive. In many cases, your property will also suffer from water damage from firefighting efforts. With our emergency fire damage process, we can get your property back to pre-fire condition “Like it never even happened.” We have a 1-4-8 policy to make sure we are faster to any size disaster.

One Hour:

Within one hour from notice of loss, we will contact you to arrange for service. You will know help is on the way!

Four Hours:

Within four hours of loss notification, we will be on-site to start mitigation services. The key to reducing damage and saving money is responding quickly to your damage.

Detailed Explanation:

A trained, uniformed, and equipped SERVPRO professional will walk you through the job process step-by-step, explaining what to expect and the anticipated outcome.

Pretesting:

We will begin pretesting for restorability, working from the source of the damage outward.

Eight Hours:

Within eight business hours of on-site arrival, a verbal briefing of scope will be communicated to the appropriate person, normally your adjuster or property manager.

Cleaning, Restoration, & Deodorization:

We will work neatly and efficiently to help you regain control of your property when a damaging event has taken over. We use state-of-the-art restoration techniques to ensure your property is taken care of right the first time.

Final Walk-Through:

After the work has been completed, a final walk-through will be conducted with you to help ensure your satisfaction.

For Any Fire Damage Cleanup or Restoration Needs Contact Us At: (989) 705-2400

Smoke damage in your home in Gaylord?

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

Have you suffered a fire and now have smoke and soot damage throughout your home and live in Gaylord?  We can help restore your home and in the mean time Follow these safety tips:

After suffering a fire in your home, safety shoudl be your primary focus:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

Have Smoke or Fire Damage to your home in Gaylord? Call (989) 705-2400

We have included some tips and Do's and Don'ts to help ensure your safety after suffering a fire in your home and to help prevent  any further damage from occurring.  It is important to reach out to a professional Restoration Company such as SERVPRO of Gaylord & Cheboygan for the appropriate steps in cleaning, deodorizing and restoring your home to pre loss condition following a fire and not try to leave the cleanup in your own hands as you can cause more damage. 

What To Do After A Fire

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
  • Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
  • Change HVAC filter.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.

What NOT To Do After A Fire

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting us.
  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

Call SERVPRO of Gaylord & Cheboygan at 989-705-2400.  We offer 24 hour emergency services and board up and tarping to help protect your structure following a fire at your home in Gaylord.  Reach out to us today and we will walk you through each step of the way.

Harsh Winter Weather and Damage to Your Home

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

Living in Northern Michigan provides a lot of outdoor fun, but when blizzards and extremely cold weather strikes, it can cause serious and extreme property damage issues to your home. Here are some tips provided to help you prepare your home prior, during and after a winter storm. Below are helpful tips to educate and properly prepare homeowners for extreme winter weather in Northern Michigan.

Winter Weather Preparation:

  • Stock up: Purchase in advance all the necessary tools to clear sidewalks and driveways, uncover your car and keep all passageways clear. Stock up on snow shovels, a snow blower with gas and salt or sand to pre-treat the driveway and sidewalks, all items that will help you keep snow and slush at bay.
  • Create an emergency kit: Items to assemble for your kit include a First Aid kit, battery-powered radio, water, flashlights and lanterns, fresh batteries, blankets to keep warm if the power goes out, a manual can opener and a three-day supply of drinking water and non-perishable canned food.  Keep your cellphone charged up in case of an emergency.
  • Insulation central: Take steps to make sure your home is properly insulated, including:
    • Insulate walls and attics to conserve heat and energy.
    • Insulate pipes, especially those near exterior walls of your home, to prevent freezing.
    • Apply weather-stripping around doors and windows to protect against drafting air.  This will help prevent cold air from getting in and your furnace from working even harder.
    • Install storm windows or use plastic sheeting to cover windows.
    • Use all-weather caulk to seal around window frames, doorframes and other openings on the exterior of your home.
    • Close currents and blinds to help retain the heat in your home.
    • Close doors to unused rooms to retain heat in the center of your home.
  • Generate power: If you live in an area that experiences frequent power outages due to severe winter weather, consider purchasing a generator. But remember NEVER to operate a generator indoors, as the engine exhaust contains potentially fatal carbon monoxide.
  • Be Cautious: Change the air filter in your furnace to avoid the system from working even harder when temperatures decline.  Make sure you have a working carbon monoxide detector on each floor of the house.
  • Heat it up: If you have a wood burning fireplace or heat source, stock up on firewood. Always be sure the flue is open to allow gases and potentially harmful fumes to escape.
  • Winterize your vehicle: Put on snow tires or chains (where allowed) and make sure your brakes are in good working condition. Try to keep your gas tank more than half full to prevent gas lines from freezing. If you park your vehicle outside, you may want to keep a lock deicer handy as well.

During and After the Storm:

  • Frequent shoveling: Depending on the amount of snow that falls, it is a good idea to occasionally clear a path from the front and back door or your home. In case of an emergency, you need a clear exit at all times. If a heavy amount of snow falls and your boiler or furnace has vents on the side of your home, make sure that you remove enough snow so that pipe stays clear. If it becomes covered with snow your unit will shut down.
  • Severe cold switch: During bouts of extreme cold temperatures, switch your heater from auto to fan on. This adjustment will constantly circulate warm air throughout the home causing the burners to run less, which will maintain a consistent warm temperature in your home and use less natural gas and/or electricity.
  • Prevent freezing: In areas of the home where pipes are prone to freezing, such as a bathroom on an outside wall or basement, turn the faucet on slightly to allow a trickle of water. Moving water will keep the pipes from freezing. Keep the cabinet doors to pipes open so warm air can reach them.
  • Frozen pipes: If pipes freeze, remove any insulation and wrap towels around the pipes to absorb moisture during the thawing process. Do not use a blowtorch to thaw frozen pipes, slow thawing works best to prevent them from bursting.

 Keep an eye on the weather channel or a weather app in preparing for the cold weather.  If you have suffered any storm damage to your home or business in Northern Michigan, we can help.  At SERVPRO of Gaylord & Cheboygan we perform emergency board ups, tarping and water mitigation from frozen pipes.

Call 989-705-2400 today!

Has The Cold Weather Done Damage to Your Home In Northern Michigan?

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

If you live in Northern Michigan, you know that our winter weather can cause serious damage to your home or business if you don't take precautions.

If you have suffered property damage to your home or business due to a snow storm and cleanup and restoration services are needed, it is important to call a professional to assess the damage.

Do you have Insurance Coverage?

Depending on what type of damage is suffered to your home from the snow storm, you could have insurance coverage, though the coverages and limits vary depending on your policy.  You will be responsible for your deductible.

Make sure to document the damage to your home or business. Make sure to take a lot of photos and be sure to hang on to any receipts and documents related to appliances and maintenance work you completed prior to the storm. Make sure to reach out to a specialist such as a restoration company to help restore your home or business and assess the damage. 

Winter Storm Damage

Winter storms rip through Northern Michigan every year, and areas that don’t get hit with snow often deal with ice storms and freezing rain. When you’re dealing with blizzards, lake effect storms and snow squalls, damage to your home and business can include roof and structural damage from heavy snow as well as damage to fascia, exterior pipes and siding. These wintry storms often come with high winds, which can exacerbate damage by causing shingles to break loose. These storms can wreak havoc on utility lines.

Ice dams can also be formed due to the winter storms and freezing weather.  These can be easy to miss, but are important to be aware of because they can quickly lead to leaks and then to mold and structural damage.

Contact a Professional

If your home or business has property damage due to a winter storm, it is important to repair the structure quickly.  Don't take the repairs into your own hands.  SERVPRO of Gaylord & Cheboygan works very closely with many insurance companies throughout Northern Michigan. We can help from emergency board ups and tarping, to handling water cleanup and mitigation from frozen pipes and more.  

Winter Storm Preparation

12/17/2020 (Permalink)

During extremely cold weather or snowstorms, staying safe and warm can be a challenge. As Michiganders, we know that winter brings freezing temperatures, power failures, and icy roads. To keep you and your family safe, you need to prepare your home for Michigan’s longest season.

Prepare Your Home:

  • Insulate any water lines that run along exterior walls so your water supply will be less likely to freeze.
  • Caulk and weather-strip doors and windows.
  • Insulate walls and attic.
  • Install storm or thermal-pane windows or cover windows with plastic from the inside.
  • Repair roof leaks and cut away tree branches that could fall on your home or other structure during a storm.

By preparing your home before a storm, it could help prevent or lessen the damage. In Michigan, we never know what type of weather we will get, so it is always important to be prepared and safe rather than sorry. For these long winter months, having a plan can protect your home against storm damage.

Before the Storm Hits:

The CDC highly suggests listening and watching weather forecasts regularly to keep updated on the storm. It is also recommended to have an emergency supply kit which includes emergency food and water supply. Even though we cannot always predict how bad a winter storm can be, sometimes watching/listening to a forecast can give you several days to prepare.

Here To Help:

Cold weather and winter storms can cause significant damage with little warning resulting from cold temperatures, heavy snowfall, ice storms and freezing rain. Regardless of the type of storm, our team can handle any size disaster. During catastrophic storms and major events, our team at SERVPRO of Gaylord & Cheboygan can respond quickly with additional resources.

No matter the winter storm damage, our team is ready 24/7 to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Fire or Smoke Damage in Your Home?

12/2/2020 (Permalink)

Even a small fire or smoke throughout your home can cause soot damage that covers your entire home structure and personal belongings. Your home may also suffer from secondary water damage if you have had the fire department respond due to firefighting efforts. This type of secondary damage can be especially upsetting and devastating for your family to process. If you have suffered any type of smoke damage or fire in your home, you may feel stressed, confused, and vulnerable, so you’ll need a caring expert to guide you through this crisis. We’ll treat you with respect and empathy, and we’ll always treat your home and belongings with care.

SERVPRO of Gaylord & Cheboygan specializes and is trained in fire and water damage restoration. We have the specific damage restoration training, personnel, and equipment and can quickly restore your home and your affected contents to pre-fire condition.

Don't wait! Give us a call today and we can help!

989-705-2400

Water Damage in Upper Peninsula?

12/2/2020 (Permalink)

Have you had a water loss in your home in the Upper Peninsula?

Our highly trained technicians are ready to respond immediately to your water damage at your home in the Upper Peninsula. We have the experience, expertise, and training to restore your home or business quickly and properly. We use advanced inspection and extraction equipment to find the water and remove it as quickly as possible. Our technicians will monitor and document the drying process to ensure your property is back to normal.

After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be safety first, please utilize these tips below:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

Have any questions? Give us a call at 989-705-2400