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How Can SERVPRO Help Your Commercial Business?

9/14/2020 (Permalink)

Ever wonder what SERVPRO of Gaylord & Cheboygan can do for your commercial business? Regardless of the disaster, we can make it “Like it never even happened.” We have the ability to mitigate damages to both commercial and residential properties. 

Restoration:

  • Water Removal and Dehumidification
    • Our professionals are trained to help mitigate water damage, and to prevent and minimize secondary damage to your property. Water mitigation in conjunction with structural dehumidification can substantially reduce business interruption and reconstruction costs. 
  • Fire, Smoke, and Soot
    • Pretesting helps SERVPRO determine what type of fire has taken place. Knowing the types of smoke and their behavior patterns are vital to proper restoration. After the fire trucks leave, secondary damage will have likely occurred. The act of extinguishing a fire often causes water damage far beyond the areas visibly damaged by fire and smoke. Immediate drying by our applied structural drying technicians will prevent unnecessary reconstruction costs. 
  • Mold Remediation
    • SERVPRO works to control and remediate mold contaminants while protecting your health and safety. Our certified mold remediation technicians have been involved in hundreds of large-scale commercial mold-remediation projects. We maintain equipment to handle all types of microbial remediation projects including cryogenic blasting units, supplied air respirators, PPE equipment, HEPA scrubbers, HEPA vacuums. 
  • Reconstruction
    • Interruption to your business can be devastating. SERVPRO is committed to minimizing the expenses created by the loss of use of your commercial property. We provide seamless service among our project managers and tradesmen. Our knowledge and construction experience means we can take a proactive approach to reconstruction in a variety of scenarios. 
  • Disaster/Catastrophic Response
    • Floods, fires, and natural disasters can be devastating to your business. SERVPRO has provided catastrophic response throughout Michigan and will ensure the road to recovery by mitigating existing damage, preventing further damage, and returning a client's investment to full operation. 

Cleaning:

  • Crime Scene, Biohazard and Vandalism Cleanup: 

    • Our franchise technicians are trained to safely and effectively clean biohazardous substances and prepare waste for proper disposal according to OSHA, EPA and state and local health regulations. 
  • Air Ducts and HVAC
    • Our franchise professionals can inspect your HVAC system and ductwork. Cleaning services can be provided to help restore peak energy efficiency, eliminate offensive odors and improve indoor air quality.
  • Deodorization
    • SERVPRO professionals will find the source of the odor and determine the best methods to neutralize and eliminate it.
  • Contents Claim Inventory Service
    • Accurate inventory helps keeps costs low and reduces job completion time. We can provide itemized, area-by-area loss inventory. 
  • Carpet and Hard Floor Cleaning and Care
    • SERVPRO professionals use the latest IICRC training as well as state of the art equipment to remove entrapped soils and stains deep within your carpet's pile and backings. 

For any of your commercial property disasters call SERVPRO of Gaylord & Cheboygan! 

(989) 705-2400

Commercial Disaster? Call SERVPRO!

9/12/2020 (Permalink)

Commercial Disaster?

Flooding and water damage events at Gaylord & Cheboygan commercial properties can become complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable, flexible, and sometimes immediate response. Whether dealing with a small fire cleanup scenario or a large scale water damage event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services, SERVPRO of Gaylord & Cheboygan has the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Gaylord & Cheboygan

SERVPRO of Gaylord & Cheboygan specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water or fire damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. 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.

Let Us Help If You Have Experienced a Commercial Disaster! 

(989) 705-2400

Create a Home Fire Escape Plan

9/9/2020 (Permalink)

Being that most of us have been at home and the fall and winter seasons are approaching quickly, spend some of that time indoors and create a fire escape plan for your household.

SERVPRO is here to help you with the after effects from a fire and we can aid in getting your home back to pre-fire condition. In life you have to expect the unexpected so take the time to create a fire plan should a fire happen to you.

There were an estimated 339,500 home structure fires in 2019 and 2,770 associated home structure fire deaths. This resulted in $7.8 billion worth of direct property damage. By creating a fire plan you can help to protect your family and allow for them to safely evacuate, which will allow for these numbers to drop.

It is noted that your ability to get out depends on advanced warning from smoke alarms and advanced planning. Fire has the ability to rapidly spread through your home, leaving you with as little as one or two minutes to escape safely once the alarm sounds. Something as simple as a closed door may help slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire.

Install smoke alarms in every room where someone sleeps and outside each separate sleeping area. Install alarms on every level of the home. It is extremely important that fire alarms are all interconnected. When one sounds, they should all sound.

Before a fire happens, get everyone in your household together and devise a fire plan. We recommend that you:

  • Draw a map of your home. Show all doors and windows.
  • Visit each room. Find two ways out.
  • All windows and doors should open easily.
    • You should also be able to use them to get outside.
  • Make sure your home has smoke alarms.
    • Push the test button to make sure each alarm is working.
  • Pick a meeting place outside. We recommend that it should be in front of your home. Everyone will meet at the meeting place following evacuation.
  • Make sure your house or building number can be seen from the street.
  • Learn the emergency phone number for your fire department.
  • Practice your home fire escape drill!

If you experience a fire don't forget to give the restoration professionals at SERVPRO of Gaylord & Cheboygan a call! (989) 705-2400

Reopening with SERVPRO

9/9/2020 (Permalink)

If you are reopened or are preparing to get back to business, SERVPRO is here to help! Our sanitization and disinfection services will help minimize the transmission of emerging pathogens such as COVID-19 and give you, your staff and your customers a comforting fresh start.

After the completion of the sanitization and disenfection services, our team will provide you with a certificate showing that your facility meets CDC recommendations and that service was completed by IICRC Certified firm. You will also receive signage stating that your facility has been cleaned and sanitized by SERVPRO that you can proudly display to let others know you have taken the proper proactive steps for reopening your business.

SERVPROXIDETM  is SERVPRO'S proprietary disinfectant and we have utilized it when being asked to clean and disinfect COVID-19 in homes and businesses. The CDC recommends the usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar types of organism to COVID-19 and SERVPROXIDE has EPA-approved claims against things like Feline coronavirus, Canine coronavirus, staphylococcus, E.coli, Salmonella, Rotavirus, and Swine flu.

Now, more than ever, it is important to provide a safe, clean environment for your staff and clientele. Bring them peace of mind by having your facility sanitized and disinfected by SERVPRO. Our team is available around the clock to help you get back to business. 

If you are concerned about your home or business and want it clean, sanitized and disinfected give us a call today at SERVPRO of Gaylord & Cheboygan. (989) 705-2400

Have Heavy Rain Storms in Northern Michigan Caused Damage to Your Home?

9/3/2020 (Permalink)

Although in Northern Michigan we don't suffer anywhere near the damage that hurricanes and tornadoes cause, there always remains the possibility that significant damage to your home or business can occur from heavy rain and windstorms. 

Leave the Hassle of Board-Ups to the Professionals

If having experienced a heavy rain or wind storm that has caused severe damage, boarding up your damaged property quickly is essential. This should be done in a timely manner as it can help to prevent any secondary damages from occurring. If it is done incorrectly or not at all, it could result in further damages which could include water damage or animal intrusion, making the situation even worse. Let us be of assistance and leave the work to the trained professionals at SERVPRO of Gaylord & Cheboygan. With our 24 Hour Emergency Service, we can board up your damaged property and help with any resulting damages. If you have any water or structural damage caused by heavy rain or wind storms, SERVPRO of Gaylord & Cheboygan is there to help. 

Why Choose SERVPRO of Gaylord & Cheboygan?

We're Highly Trained and experienced Storm Damage Specialists

As leaders in the storm and water damage industry, we have advanced training and expertise, not to mention a tremendous amount of hands-on experience. We use this training and experience to quickly dry your home and restore it back to pre-storm condition like it never happened. Moving forward this will also help to protect your home from further damage following a storm in Northern Michigan.

We Have the Resources to Handle Storms and Disasters

Major storms and flooding events can overwhelm many restoration companies. SERVPRO of Gaylord & Cheboygan has the capability to handle any size loss and we have access to resources from 1,700 Franchises across the state and country. We also have the ability to utilize Disaster Recovery Teams for major storms and disasters.

Locally Owned Company with National Storm Resources

SERVPRO of Gaylord & Cheboygan is locally owned and operated, so we are part of the communities that we service in Northern Michigan. When you have a flooding or storm emergency, we’re already nearby and ready to help.  

Have Storm or Flood Damage?
Call Us Today.

1(989) 705-2400

High Wind Home Protection

9/3/2020 (Permalink)

Damaging winds or “straight-line” winds

These wind types can be classified as those exceeding 50-60mph. Winds of this extremity can occur during a severe thunderstorm or strong weather system. During an especially strong thunderstorm, the winds could exceed a devastating 100mph. These extreme types of winds can blow small to large objects around and cause extensive destruction to anything that lie in their path. If necessary, follow the following tips to prepare and protect yourself from wind damage.

Find shelter. Have an established location in your home that you can take cover in. These shelter locations should be away from any windows or glass doors, preferably in the middle of your home or basement. For those who are living in mobile homes, evacuation is necessary as mobile homes are susceptible to being overturned and punctured by high winds.

Protect your property. If strong winds are near or approaching, move garbage cans, outdoor furniture, grills and any other items that could be potentially dangerous if blown over into your home or garage. Vehicles should be stored in a garage and boats should be docked or tied up securely. 

Power lines. High winds have the potential to lead to fallen power lines. It is extremely important to not try to free lines or remove debris – call and report them.  “Stay Away and Stay Alive.” If you witness or come across someone who may have been shocked do not try to touch them – you could also fall victim to electrocution. Call 911 and get them the right attention as quickly as possible. If for any reason a power line falls onto your car, stay inside the vehicle and do not touch any metal framing inside of your vehicle. It is important to not exit the car unless it catches on fire – if you must do so, do not step out – but rather jump out without touching any metal portions of the interior/exterior.

Driving in high speed winds. If for any reason you are driving through high speed winds, keep both hands on the wheel (wind can jerk and pull your wheel around) and immediately reduce your speed. If winds are severe enough, turn on your hazard lights, pull onto the shoulder of the road, and do not return to driving until the conditions subside.

If your home or business has experienced property damage due to high winds, make sure to call SERVPRO of Gaylord & Cheboygan and get our specialists on the line. 24/7 Emergency Services and board up services are available to protect your property from further damage and to prevent any secondary damages.

Have High Wind or Storm Damage?
Call Us Today.

1(989) 705-2400

Winter Weather Preparation

9/3/2020 (Permalink)

Be prepared for winter weather before it comes

It is inevitable that winter brings with it frigid temperatures and extreme cold weather which can prove to be hard on both you and your home. Here are some tips to help in preparation during the fall season in order to prepare for the winter weather in Gaylord and Cheboygan. 

How to Deal with Frozen Pipes

    • Disconnect and drain garden hoses.
    • Cover outside faucets with insulating foam covers.
    • Turn off water to outside faucets, if available, and open valves on faucets to allow them to drain.
    •  Turn off sprinkler system and blow compressed air through the lines to drain them.

The above list are just a few tips to take into consideration when performing fall cleanup in order to prepare for the winter season. This is crucial as in Gaylord and Cheboygan there are winters with frigid temperatures which are accompanied with freezing. If these tips are utilized, they can help prevent frozen pipes and water damage throughout your home or business.  

For more information on preparing and preventing damage to your property in Gaylord and Cheboygan during the winter season, please contact our office at:

(989) 705-2400

Fire Safety for your Commercial Building

8/31/2020 (Permalink)

Are you looking at purchasing a Commercial Building?

What you need to know for fire safety:

When looking at a particular facility for your business, you should perform a walk through and inspection of the property you are considering.  Pay particularly close attention to the following fire safety items when considering a location for the business:

OCCUPANCY RATINGS: A building’s occupancy rating determines how it can be used wether for office space, restaurant, retail, etc.  Occupancy ratings also specify the number of occupants a building may have at one given time, types of fire-resistive construction required, types of fire protection systems required, exiting requirements, etc. These can change annually.

EXTINGUISHERS: Typically, one fire extinguisher is required per 3,000 square feet of area or 75 feet of foot travel. Extinguishers should be rated 2-A:10-B:C or higher. Requirements can vary depending on the occupancy classification.

EXIT SIGNS: Exit signage and emergency backup lighting are required for all exits except the primary entrance so occupants can safely exit the building in case of an emergency situation.

HAZARDOUS OCCUPANCIES: Businesses that utilize paint booths, glass blowing equipment and certain types of kilns require special approval due to the hazardous nature of this equipment.

In our Northern Michigan Communities, there are many commercial buildings that have been constructed years ago and many have not had any updates when it comes to electrical and heating sources, and are not up to code.  It is important that you protect your investment and your contents when considering a space to either purchase or lease for your business.

If you suffer a disaster to your business, are you prepared?

8/28/2020 (Permalink)

National Preparedness 

The month of September is approaching and September has been declared National Preparedness Month. In recent years, many different types of disasters have affected homes and businesses in Northern Michigan. Between Hail Storms, Wind Storms, and Blizzards, these are all types of natural disasters that can threaten your home, business and community. Unexpected Fire and Water Damage can also affect your facility and business.  During September's National Preparedness Month, SERVPRO of Gaylord & Cheboygan wants you and your customers to be aware of the steps to take to help prepare for Mother Nature's worst.

Do You Have A Plan?

How quickly your company can get back to your business after a tornado, fire or flood often depends on the proactive emergency planning done today. Having an Emergency Ready Plan can save you time and stress and can help save a life and cut down on business interruption. 

SERVPRO'S EMERGENCY READY PLAN

An Emergency Ready Plan has many useful tips. It has all of your emergency contacts. From electrical to plumber to your internet/server provider and your insurance company. In the Ready Plan, it also shows where all of the shutoffs are (Gas, Electric, Water, Sprinkler System, Servers). It has detailed pictures and directions to where all of these shutoffs are located. You can access all of this information on your tablet or phone on our Mobile App when you sign up. This information is user ID and password protected.

The ERP establishes your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider, giving you access to over 20 years experience and a system more than 1,700 Franchises strong.  There is no charge to help your business and facility set up this disaster plan. 

Knowing what to do or who to call is key to a quick response and timely mitigation. Having a plan in place may help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive and get you back in the building following a disaster.  Peace of mind, be proactive.

Reach out to SERVPRO of Gaylord & Cheboygan for more information on Emergency Planning for your home or business.  We would be happy to meet in person or over the phone to talk more about our Emergency Response Plan for your business.

989-705-2400

Fire Damage to your home in Walloon Lake

8/28/2020 (Permalink)

Have you had a fire in your home in Walloon Lake?  Follow these safety tips:

After any fire damage situation, your primary focus should be safety first:

  • 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 Walloon Lake? Call (989) 705-2400

Here are some Do's and Don'ts to help ensure your safety after suffering a fire in your home and to help prevent further damage.  Make sure 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. 

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.