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Is Mold an issue in your seasonal home in Petoskey?

3/25/2020 (Permalink)

Given a food source, mold can spread through a home in as little as 48 hours.  In Northern Michigan and especially the Petoskey area, there are many homes that are second homes.  Many of these homes have been closed up for the winter and will be reopened for the Spring and Summer season.  This is a time that many owners and maintenance companies discover mold due to a water intrusion that sat most of the winter season.

Mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, when a restoration company performs mold remediation it reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level.  Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If you have a seasonal home in Petoskey and are opening it up for the first time this spring season and have noticed a mold issue, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to resolve the water intrusion and remediate the mold in your seasonal home.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today –SERVPRO of Gaylord & Cheboygan

989-705-2400

Proactive Spring Cleaning- We are the Specialists!

3/17/2020 (Permalink)

Spring is in the air!

At SERVPRO of Gaylord & Cheboygan we are trained in adhering to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.  Along with the warmer weather and the recent outbreak comes the tradition of a proactive deep cleaning, a time to organize and clean the environments—home, business, office—we encounter on a daily basis. At SERVPRO of Gaylord & Cheboygan we offer specialized cleaning services to assist you during this time—or any season. Perhaps you are selling a home and want to vanquish years of cigarette smoke odor that won’t go away, or want to see if your ducts or HVAC system needs to be cleaned. Dryer vents, deodorization and ducts are important to address during your deep cleaning. SERVPRO of Gaylord & Cheboygan also offers the following cleaning services:  carpet cleaning, upholstery cleaning, ceiling and wall cleaning and more. Whatever your deep cleaning needs, SERVPRO® has you covered. Call us today to discuss or schedule your necessary spring cleaning needs!

We are Cleaning Experts

3/16/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

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

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Gaylord & Cheboygan, 989-705-2400

We specialize in the cleanup and restoration of your flooded basement in Northern Michigan.

3/2/2020 (Permalink)

Northern Michigan,  at SERVPRO of Gaylord & Cheboygan we Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration!  

With Spring early and upon us our snow is melting away and with upcoming rainfall, a basement can flood at any time.  Flooding occurs most often occurs during the spring thaw or when there is heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your Northern Michigan basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more

With our water levels rising in Northern Michigan, we are commonly seeing flooded basements quite frequently.  If you own a home in Northern Michigan and your basement has flooded, please reach out to us as soon as possible to help with the water removal and mitigation process.

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

Call Today - SERVPRO of Gaylord & Cheboygan 989-705-2400

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Gaylord & Cheboygan and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help 989-705-2400

Has a Fire caused Soot and Smoke Damage throughout your home?

1/8/2020 (Permalink)

Smoke damage and soot caused from a fire in your home can penetrate in various cavities within your home.  This can cause hidden damage and odor if not taken care of and cleaned and deodorized by a professional. We are experience in smoke damage deodorization and our experience allows us to scope and inspect to accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts and behaviors:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

Did you know there are different types of smoke damage?  There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue following a fire in your home. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Gaylord & Cheboygan will test the soot in your home to determine which type of smoke damage occurred has affected your home and how we can help get you back in your home. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting and our scope of work identified. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different and unique, each one requires a different and tailored solution for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today –SERVPRO of Gaylord & Cheboygan at 989-705-2400

Have you had a Fire at your home on Lake Charlevoix?

1/8/2020 (Permalink)

Have you suffered a fire or smoke damage at your season home on Lake Charlevoix? At SERVPRO of Gaylord & Cheboygan, we realize the importance of getting you back into your home as soon as possible so you can enjoy your summers on the lake! Here are some safety tips to follow to help speed up the process and before a professional Restoration Company is contacted to start the cleaning services.

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 on Lake Charlevoix? Call (989) 705-2400

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.

At SERVPRO of Gaylord & Cheboygan, we can help from the start from the initial board up to protect your structure and belongings, to cleaning and deodorizing your seasonal home and contents and helping with the reconstructing if any structural damage has been caused due to the fire.  Our goal is to get you back into your home on the lake as soon as we can while striving for excellent customer satisfaction.  

If you have had a fire in your home, give us a call at 989-705-2400 and we will come and meet with you and complete an inspection!

Is a winter storm on the way in Northern Michigan? How can you prepare your home?

1/8/2020 (Permalink)

Here in Northern Michigan, snow and winter weather can be a lot of fun, but blizzards and extremely cold weather systems can cause serious property damage issues for your home. Here are some tips 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.

 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!

Winter Weather can Cause Property Damage to your home

1/8/2020 (Permalink)

In Northern Michigan our winter weather can cause serious damage to your home or business.

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?

Dependant upon the damage from a snow storm to your home or business, 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 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. 

Have you had a fire in your home in Gaylord?

1/2/2020 (Permalink)

Have you suffered a fire or smoke damage in your home in Gaylord?  Here are some safety tips to follow before a professional Restoration Company is contacted.

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 Gaylord? Call (989) 705-2400

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.

At SERVPRO of Gaylord & Cheboygan, we can help from the start from the initial board up to protect your structure and belongings, to cleaning and deodorizing your home and contents and helping with the reconstructing if any structural damage has been caused.  

If you have had a fire in your home in Gaylord, call our team here, we are available 24 hours a day.  989-705-2400

Flooding in your home from Frozen Pipes in Sault Ste Marie

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Gaylord & Cheboygan is locally owned and operated with employees throughout Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula,we are a part of this community too. If you should suffer a flood in your home this winter due to frozen pipes bursting, we are ready and waiting nearby for your emergency to help.  Regardless of the day or time of day, we offer 24 Hour Emergency Services in case of your water damage.  We take pride in being a part of and serviving the Sault community and want to do our part in making it the best it can be.

Our technicians and highly trained and certified to respond immediately and effectively to your water damage.  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 trained technicians will monitor and document the drying process to ensure your property is back to normal.  We have a great track record with local insurance companies and commercial properties throughout Sault Ste Marie and Northern Michigan.

If you need help now. Call SERVPRO of Gaylord & Cheboygan @ 989-705-2400