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Limiting Secondary Damages in your Business

12/2/2021 (Permalink)

Pictured is a business that has experienced significant flooding damage with the Servpro logo. We are here to help with any water or mold damage needs!

A flood or burst pipe can cause significant water damage inside any business. Excessive water exposure can be particularly problematic because moisture is an essential ingredient for black mold growth. To help prevent secondary damage and the need for mold remediation services, it’s essential that the professional restoration crew you hire performs a thorough cleanup that incorporates essential procedures. If your building features tile, you can also complete important maintenance to help reduce the risk of extensive mold contamination.

Removal of Saturated Materials

The cleanup team should promptly remove all wet items from the water damaged area. Because mold is adept at hiding, it’s essential to discard saturated building materials, including the following items:

  • Drywall and baseboards
  • Insulation
  • Carpets

Replacing these components helps eliminate potential undetected moisture zones behind walls and under flooring where mold can proliferate.

Drying the Affected Space

High humidity and condensation can also result in black mold growth. To help prevent this dilemma, it’s essential to maintain adequate air circulation during the cleanup process. Remediation professionals can utilize fans and dehumidifiers to help remove excessive moisture. They can also employ moisture meters to verify the site is dry before installing new insulation, drywall and carpet.

Proactive Tile Care

Tile floors and walls are also susceptible to secondary damage after flooding. Because cement-based grout is porous, it’s important to take proactive measures to help shield tile from water damage.

Unless it’s properly protected, water can penetrate through grout and flood under the tile structure. This can undermine its stability and create an ideal environment for mold proliferation. To help reduce this risk, you should routinely apply sealant to any tile work inside your building.

Effective Strategies

No business owner wants to endure mold remediation. Fortunately, there are a few strategies that both property owners and flood cleanup crews can employ to help reduce the risk of black mold growth and its subsequent damage.

Give us a call anytime at 989-705-2400 to discuss how we can help you with any of your mold or water damage needs! 

Don't Forget the Crawlspace After a Water Damage!

12/2/2021 (Permalink)

Pictured above is a crawlspace that has been water damaged. We are here to help with any of your water damage needs!

No homeowner wants to have to deal with a messy and damaging flood or water damage. Still, water routinely damages and destroys homes in Northern Michigan. If your house has been through a home flood or water damage, salvaging personal keepsakes, furniture and valuables may be high on your priority list. Still, you can’t forget about the areas beneath your home. Don't forget the crawlspace after a water damage! 

Remove Crawlspace Water Quickly

If your home sustains flood or water damage, you may find yourself feeling a bit frazzled. While stress is common in emergency situations, you should not let it distract you from draining standing water as soon as possible. Simply put, the longer water remains inside your home, the more secondary damage you can expect. Here are ways to effectively take care of any water in your crawlspace:

  • Inspect the crawlspace for signs of water seepage
  • Check your sump pump to ensure it is working properly
  • Add additional pumps to rapidly remove water
  • Employ fans and ventilation techniques
  • Ask for professional assistance to seal wet areas

Apply the 48-Hour Rule

As you probably know, mold and mildew can grow quickly after a home flood or water damage. These can easily destroy the comfort, appearance and value of your residence. To mitigate mold growth, plan to remove excess moisture within 48 hours. Note, though, that moisture has a way of working its way into hidden places in your crawlspace. That is, even if the space seems dry, parts of it may remain wet. Rather than leaving the condition of your home to chance, work with us at SERVPRO of Gaylord & Cheboygan. Mold removal specialists can assess your home’s risk and work to contain unwanted mold growth.

Following a home flood or water damage, your living area may be your primary concern. You cannot, however, afford to forget about the crawlspace beneath your home. With a bit of effort and the certified professionals at SERVPRO, you improve your odds of returning your home to its preloss condition.

Decorate Safely

11/30/2021 (Permalink)

Pictured is a Christmas tree that was decorated safely by SERVPRO. Decorate safely this holiday season!

Pretty lights, candles, and decorations are just a few of the items bringing charm and cheer to the holiday season - however, if they are not used carefully, your holidays may go from festive to frightening. The American Red Cross offers the following safety tips to help greatly reduce the fire risk in your home or business this holiday season:

  • Place Christmas trees, candles, and other holiday decorations at least three feet away from heat sources like fireplaces, portable heaters, radiators, heat vents, and candles.
  • Make sure light strings and other holiday decorations are in good condition. Do not use anything with frayed electrical cords and always follow the manufacturer's instructions.
  • Always unplug tree and holiday lights before leaving the property or going to bed.
  • Never use lit candles to decorate a tree. Always extinguish candles before leaving the room or before going to bed.
  • Use only sturdy tree stands designed not to tip over. Keep curious pets and children away from Christmas trees.
  • Keep anything that can catch on fire - like pot holders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging, and towels or curtains - away from your stove top.
  • Designate one person to walk around your home or business to ensure all candles and smoking materials are properly extinguished after guests leave.

For any of your fire cleanup and restoration needs, give SERVPRO of Gaylord & Cheboygan a call at 989-705-2400!

Post Construction Services

11/30/2021 (Permalink)

Pictured is Servpro employees heading into a business to provide cleaning services. Let us help you open your doors!

SERVPRO is here to help ensure you that your finished projects always look their best. 

Post Construction Cleaning 

Once the floors are down and the drywall is up, it is time to remove the debris and dirt in order to lay carpet, paint and decorate. SERVPRO of Gaylord & Cheboygan can provide the debris removal services to prepare the building for interior design. 

Dehumidification and Drying 

During the construction phase, a building can trap moisture. Excessive moisture could result in mold growth. If you think one of your projects may have a moisture issue, rely on our professionals to provide the help you need eliminating moisture and preventing the potential for mold growth. 

Final Cleaning 

You want the facility to look its best when the doors open. SERVPRO of Gaylord & Cheboygan provides cleaning services to give the building that extra shine. Services include: 

  • Carpet, resilient and non-resilient floor prep, and finish 
  • Ceiling, walls, and fixture cleaning 
  • Air duct cleaning 
  • Debris removal (if necessary) 
  • Window cleaning

The last thing you need is a fire intrusion, water intrusion, or mold growth slowing down or stopping the completion of one of your projects. We provide 24-hour emergency mitigation and cleanup services and can handle any issue in a timely manner. In addition to fast response, our crews utilize industrial grade equipment, training, and electronic communication to help ensure the job is done right the first time, saving you time, money, and business interruption.

After the Flood- Ways to Salvage Furniture

11/30/2021 (Permalink)

Pictured is a piece of furniture on blocks to avoid further water damage. Here to help with any of your water or mold damage needs!

A water damage can be devastating. Whether a few inches of water filled your home or the flood was on a large scale, filling your home, once you’re back, you’re faced with the task of salvaging. The good news is that most solid wood furniture can be salvaged after water damage. Here are some simple steps from SERVPRO to follow after a water damage to salvage your furniture:

Take Photos

After any flood, it’s wise to take photos of the damage done to your home for insurance purposes. You can take general photos and then closeup pictures of your furniture and the most damaged areas.

Clean

Flood waters often come along with mud and dirt. Wipe your furniture down with a soft cloth or brush. Try not to rub in the dirt, instead use soft strokes to gently brush dirt away. You may need to use water to get any dirt that’s really stuck on to come off. Then, dry your furniture using a dry cloth.

Dry it Out

You need to try to dry out your furniture as soon as possible. Keep it in a shaded area as the sun can cause the wet wood to crack and warp. If you still have a bit of water in your home or your floors are wet, use bricks or blocks to hold your furniture up off of the floor. You can set up fans or dehumidifiers to help keep the air moving and speed up the drying process. Avoid using any sort of heat (hair dryers, irons) to dry your furniture as this will damage the wood.

To help your furniture dry out more quickly, open any cabinet doors and remove drawers. These may be stuck due to the wood swelling from the water. If they’re stuck, don’t force them out, but check them regularly as the swelling reduces so that you can eventually remove them while drying completes.

Manage Mold and Mildew

Unfortunately, the damp environment created by the flood water is the perfect environment for mold and mildew to grow. Mildew and mold spores are everywhere and begin to take hold whenever they find a nice, moist, warm environment. So, keep an eye on your furniture while it’s drying. If your furniture has been damp for more than about 48 hours, it’s likely you’ll deal with some mildew or mold. You’ll need to clean it off using a cloth dampened with a mild, soapy water solution. Alternatively, you can mix up some white vinegar and water, spray it on your furniture and then wipe it down.

For any of your water damage or mold remediation needs, give SERVPRO of Gaylord & Cheboygan a call at 989-705-2400!

Partnering with Local Fire Departments

10/12/2021 (Permalink)

Here to Help Donating to local fire departments near you!

Here at SERVPRO of Gaylord & Cheboygan we care about and believe in giving back to the communities that we service. That's why this October, SERVPRO is excited to be doing our part for Fire Prevention Month. We have purchased 600 smoke detectors that we will be donating to local fire departments who will further donate them to community members in need. We will also be providing buckets of goodies to our first responders, as well as coloring pages and crayons for children to learn the sounds of fire safety. We are confident that our donations will be impactful and keep our communities safe while promoting fire safety in our Northern Michigan communities. Follow our Facebook this week to see if we are donating to a fire department near you!

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National Preparedness Month

10/11/2021 (Permalink)

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It is true that you can never plan for a disaster, but here at SERVPRO we believe that you can prepare for one. Up to 50% of businesses close down following a disaster, according to the latest research.  September is National Preparedness month, and we worked hard to make sure that the businesses in the communities we service are staying proactive. SERVPRO has Emergency Ready Profiles that help businesses do just that. These are proactive plans that serve as a great supplement to any contingency plan in place. Listed below are some benefits of having an Emergency Ready Profile with us here at SERVPRO. 

  • A no-cost assessment of your facility.
  • A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
  • A guide that helps you get back into your building following a disaster.
  • Establishes your local SERVPRO franchise professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider. 
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
  • SERVPRO is a sponsor of the American Red Cross Ready Rating program.
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.

Call us today to find out more about our Emergency Ready Profiles and how they can help you and your business! 

Fall Home Preparation

10/11/2021 (Permalink)

Here to Help Home Preparation

With sweater weather quickly upon us, SERVPRO wants to make sure you and your home are ready to take on the shift in weather. Below are some tips that we recommend following during the fall months before winter quickly settles upon us. 

  • Clean or possibly replace your gutters
  • Check for drafts
  • Eyeball your roof to ensure no roof problems before snow begins to fall
  • Drain your outdoor faucets
  • Change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
  • Have your furnace inspected
  • Check your furnace and replace filters 
  • Check water drainage
  • Look up your chimney to ensure no blockages and make sure your damper is working
  • Check to ensure your winter equipment is in working condition 

When the last of summer's heat is a faint memory, and you're pulling out your hoodies more than your shorts, it's time to tackle a few of these simple chores that'll make winter more pleasant and prevent some nasty surprises next spring.

Emergency Contact Lists

10/11/2021 (Permalink)

Here to Help advertisement with SERVPRO information Facebook Crisis Response

Here at SERVPRO of Gaylord & Cheboygan, we pride our selves on being proactive during any storm situation. Emergency contact lists that include friends, family, and neighbors are key to prepping for any storm disaster. Believe it or not another great tool is Facebook. Facebook's Crisis Response lets people affected by crises tell friends and family they're safe, find or offer help, and get the latest news and information during the storm situation. At SERVPRO we know you can never plan for a disaster, but also want you to know that you can prepare for one. Many may know how to mark themselves safe on the app after a crisis, but did you know that you can REQUEST updates, too? Follow this link to learn more on how to do so! 

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Fire Prevention Month

10/8/2021 (Permalink)

Fire Prevention Month Fire Prevention Month

Many may wonder why October has been designated as Fire Prevention Month. In 1922, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) named the second week of October Fire Prevention Week in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire in 1871. Today, we celebrate Fire Prevention Week and Month by raising fire safety awareness and educating families, students and communities across the United States. During this month, fire departments provide education to their communities, and encourage parents and loved ones to practice fire safety and whole home safety. 

SERVPRO of Gaylord & Cheboygan wants to remind you that we are here 24/7 to help with any fire, smoke, or soot damage needs! Follow this link to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) website and help us spread and share these Fire Safety Tips to your friends and family. https://bddy.me/34SqvPt