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How to Help Mitigate Mold Growth

7/1/2022 (Permalink)

Until help arrives, there are a few things that you can do to help mitigate the impact of mold grown on your property. We only recommend the following if you feel confident in safely accomplishing the tasks. 

  1. Avoid touching or disturbing what you believe is mold growth. This includes attempts to clean the area. Do not attempt to clean or treat affected surfaces. Improper cleaning can spread mold spores throughout the space, potentially creating bigger problems. Additionally, visual inspection is one way we determine severity, so we would like to see potential mold undisturbed. 
  2. Limit the airflow in the affected area by turning off ceiling fans, portable fans, and HVAC systems. Minimize the air moving across surfaces that may have mold. 
  3. If possible, close doors to the affected area and stay out of the area. 

Once we arrive, we'll help you assess the situation further. If you think you may submit a claim to your insurance company, you are encouraged to locate information such as your policy number and your insurance company's claim phone number if you haven't already. Our highest priority is serving you. We have decades of experience working with property owners and insurance providers, and we strive to ensure both you and your insurance company have everything you need to process your claim.

If you suspect mold in your residential or commercial property, give us a call at 989-705-2400 to find out how SERVPRO of Gaylord & Cheboygan can help you! 

July Fire Safety Tips

7/1/2022 (Permalink)

Summer is synonymous with barbecues, parades, and firework displays; but along with all the festivities are plenty of visits to the emergency room-especially during the month of July. 

Each year, around 230 people are injured badly enough to require medical treatment after firework related incidents, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. In addition to causing injury, fireworks are also responsible for thousands of house fires each year with millions of dollars in property damage. 

There is nothing like firing up the grill during the summer months! Did you know, July is the peak month for grill fires? A backyard barbecue can become dangerous quickly if proper safety precautions aren't considered. SERVPRO of Gaylord & Cheboygan wants you to have an enjoyable and safe summer. Consider the following tips to help ensure your summer celebrations are disaster free.

  • Propane and charcoal barbecue grills should only be used outdoors.
  • The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings, and out from under eaves and overhanging brochures. 
  • Keep children and pets away from grill area. 
  • Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grill and in trays below the grill.
  • Never leave your grill unattended.
  • When using a charcoal grill, let the coals completely cool before disposing in a metal container.
  • Anyone using fireworks or standing nearby should wear protective eyewear. 
  • Do not try to re-light or handle malfunctioning fireworks. Keep a buck of water nearby to fully extinguish fireworks that don't go off or in case of fire. Children should never pickup fireworks that may be left over as they may still be active. 
  • The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public display conducted by trained professionals. 

If your residential or commercial property suffers from structural fire damage, call us at 989-705-2400! 

Tornado Preparation

6/10/2022 (Permalink)

As we have just learned in our very own Gaylord community, tornadoes can quickly devastate communities. Turning lives upside down, destroying buildings and homes, while producing deadly flying debris. Tornadoes are nothing to mess around with and it is crucial to act quickly if one comes through your area. Here are some tips to prepare for tornadoes in Northern Michigan:  

Under a tornado warning? Find shelter immediately:  

  • Stay away from windows, outside walls, and doors.  
  • Find a safe and sturdy building.  
  • Stay in a low and flat location.  
  • It is best to go into a basement or storm cellar.  
  • If you do not have a basement, go to a small interior room on the lowest level (avoiding windows).  
  • Use your arms to protect your head and neck.  
  • Watch for flying debris.  

How to prepare:  

  • Know your area’s tornado risk. 
  • Sign up for your community’s warning system.  
  • Know the signs of a tornado.  
    • Funnel cloud.  
    • Cloud of debris.  
    • Loud roar like a freight train.
    • High speed winds.
  • Pay close attention to weather reports.  
  • Choose a safe place and practice going there with your family to prepare.  
  • Always keep a safe distance away from others in your safe shelter.  

What to do during:  

  • Go to your safe shelter immediately.  
  • Do not try to outrun a tornado in your car.  
  • Cover your head and neck for extra protection.  
  • Listen to your local alert systems for current emergency information. You can also listen to EAS and NOAA Weather Radio for information.  
  • If you happen to be outside or in your car, cover your arms and body with a coat or blanket.  

What to do after:  

  • Continue listening to your local alert system, EAS or NOAA Weather Radio for updates.  
  • If you happen to be trapped, cover your mouth with a cloth or mask to avoid breathing dust.  
  • Do not enter damaged buildings until they are safe.  
  • Save your phone calls for emergencies.  
  • Stay clear of fallen power lines.  

For more information, visit ready.gov on how to prepare for tornadoes. 

How to Safely Extinguish a Grease Fire

6/10/2022 (Permalink)

Pictured is a pan that has caught on fire. We are here to help with any of your kitchen fire cleanup needs!

How To Put Out a Grease Fire In Your Home

One of the greatest joys in life is a nice homecooked meal. However, that joy can quickly change to fear when facing a fire. Regardless of your experience in the kitchen, a fire can happen to anyone at any time. As a result, everyone needs to be familiar with the process of extinguishing one. The following is a step-by-step guide to putting out a grease fire in your home:

1. Eliminate the heat source. The first step you need to take is removing the heat source by turning your burner off or unplugging the stove. This will help keep the fire from getting out of control. Be sure to wear oven mitts to avoid burns.

2. Smother the flames. The best method for eliminating a stovetop or oven fire is to smother it by putting a lid over the pan. This quickly cuts off the oxygen supply. Make sure to use a lid that is not made of glass, as the intense heat can cause it to shatter. Another option is to use baking soda and pour a generous quantity on the fire. If you own a fire extinguisher, you can use this as a third option. Never use water on a grease fire, as oil and water do not mix, and this can cause an explosion.

3. Call 911. If the above steps do not eliminate the fire, or if it spreads, call 911 immediately and evacuate everyone in the residence. Do not stay and continue to attempt to put out the fire; your life is much more important.

Dealing with a grease fire in your home is a terrifying experience. By arming yourself with the knowledge of how to properly handle one before it starts, you can get it under control and prevent too much damage from occurring. Afterward, fire restoration services can help you with fire cleanup and assess any damage. 

What to Do Until Help Arrives (Water Damage)

6/10/2022 (Permalink)

Pictured is a flooded room with a couch in the middle. We are here to help with any of your water damage needs!

Until help arrives, there are a few things that you can do to help mitigate the damage to your property; however, you are encouraged to only attempt tasks that you feel confident that you can safely accomplish. 

  1. Shut off the source of water if possible. If you don't feel confident doing this yourself, consider contacting someone to help stop the water source, such as a plumber. If you are uncertain where the water is coming from, don't stress; we'll assist you with determining the source when we arrive. 
  2. Remove excess water by mopping, blotting, or wiping. This could include flooring and hard surface furniture which has standing water on it. Do not use your household vacuum to remove water, since it could cause damage to the vacuum. 
  3. Protect carpet, rugs, drapes, and upholstered items from further damage. Place aluminum foil or parchment paper between furniture and wet carpet or rugs. Remove rugs that may be on wet carpet. Remove books, magazines, or other colored items from carpets and rugs. Hang draperies up with coated hangers to avoid contact with wet floors. Remove pillows or cushions from wet upholstered items. 
  4. Avoid using electric or electronic items that may have come in contact with water. This may include items such as light fixtures, ceiling fans, televisions, or appliances. If there is a possibility that someone else in the property may turn on an electric item that has come in contact with water, consider turning off the power to individual circuits within the power distribution panel of the property. 

Gaylord Tornado Disaster Recovery

5/25/2022 (Permalink)

Gaylord recently suffered catastrophic damage from an EF-3 tornado that had winds that reached up to 150 mph. Both residential neighborhoods and businesses suffered serious damage that will change lives forever. The following morning SERVPRO of Gaylord & Cheboygan was ready to respond with all hands on deck in order to help those in need. SERVPRO has been busy with both commercial and residential emergency board up and tarp up services. These services are imperative as they limit any extensive secondary damages to your home or business after they have been left exposed to any environmental factors. If anyone you know has experienced any sort of damage from the recent tornado and needs any emergency cleanup or restoration services, our disaster recovery team is ready to respond! Give us a call at 989-705-2400 to find out how we can help you. SERVPRO of Gaylord & Cheboygan's thoughts and prayers continue to go out to everyone in the Gaylord community. 

Is Your Business Prepared for Disaster?

5/13/2022 (Permalink)

Pictured is a gentleman starting and ERP with a woman. Let us help you commit to a higher standard of safety!

You can never plan on a disaster, but you can certainly prepare for one. SERVPRO of Gaylord & Cheboygan has been working hard to keep our communities and local businesses safe with our Emergency Ready Profiles. As sponsors of the American Red Cross Ready Program, we create these cost free assessments of your facility that help your business better prepare for any kind of property damage loss. These are great tools for any business and are a great supplement to any contingency plan in place. The following are some of the benefits included with creating an Emergency Ready Profile with SERVPRO;

  • Your business will receive the benefit of over 40 years of experience in reducing the impact of any property damage loss.
  • A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster and limit business interruption.
  • Establish your local SERVPRO® Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.
  • Identify the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
  • Provide facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.

Give SERVPRO of Gaylord & Cheboygan a call today at 989-705-2400 or email them at ben@SERVPROgc.com to get one of these cost free plans started! 

Different Types of Household Water Damages

5/13/2022 (Permalink)

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Flooding is usually caused by rain or snow melting on top of impermeable surfaces like roofs and sidewalks, which causes these rare events when the water spills into basements or crawlspaces. Water can find its way into your home through cracks in foundation walls, gaps in utility lines, or leaky windows and doors. If you do not take pre-emptive measures to prevent flooding, you are putting your home at risk of lasting damage that can lead to significant expenses down the road. Here are some examples of flooding that can happen in homes:

1. Sewer Flooding

Flooding your basement can prove disastrous. Water might force its way into your basement through improper drainage or sewer lines that have become clogged. You have to be wary of possible damage to your pipes and appliances, such as water damage from broken pipes, rotted wood, and mold. Sewer flooding is more common in older homes with faulty septic systems or no septic system at all. This kind of flooding can often be prevented by scheduling regular maintenance on your septic system.

2. Rainwater Damage

Rain Water Damage also causes flooding in homes, particularly in areas with very heavy rainfall. Heavy rainfalls can lead to water seeping into foundations and walls, leading to a host of problems like mold, mildew, decay, and structural damage to your home. Overflowing gutters or faulty downspouts are usually the culprits of this kind of water damage. To avoid this type of flooding, make sure to clean out your gutters regularly, and have a rain gutter installation professional check for any possible damage.

3. Basement Flooding

Basement flooding usually occurs when water seeps through an area not properly waterproofed or drained, such as a gap in the foundation wall or roof, a leaky basement window, or an improperly installed sump pump. Water can also get into your basement through your toilet tank and pipes. The damage of basement flooding can be extensive. It can ruin your basement and its contents, plus do damage to other areas of your home. Basement flooding often requires expensive repairs that may be difficult to afford.

4. Water Intrusion

Water intrusion can be caused by a leaky sump pump or drain pipe that has become clogged with debris. Water can also find its way into your home through a small gap between the base of the foundation wall and the ground. This type of flooding is usually caused by poor drainage or overcrowding in your basement. Water intrusion can also take place during heavy building rainfalls. 

Flooding can be devastating to your home. If your home has suffered any kind of water damage, SERVPRO of Gaylord & Cheboygan is here to help! 

Commercial Industry Cleaning & Restoration

5/13/2022 (Permalink)

Pictured are some SERVPRO technicians cleaning a commercial facility. We are here to help with any of your commercial cleanup or restoration needs!

Your commercial property says a lot about you to potential clients and customers. You want to build trust and present your business or public space as a safe, clean place to be. With more than 50 years of experience, we’ve earned the reputation as a trusted leader in the restoration industry and specialize in fire and water damage, specialty cleaning, mold, and so much more. Our highly-trained professionals understand your need to keep business going, even after an emergency. That’s why we offer flexible solutions, working after hours or around the clock to complete your restoration project. In many cases, SERVPRO can clean up in a way that the damaged space can be safely isolated from functional space so that normal operations can proceed around the cleanup. This minimizes the amount of business interruption you will experience. We have done work in and are trusted by many in the following industries;

  • Retail
  • Educational Facilities
  • Manufacturing Facilities
  • Property Management
  • Healthcare
  • Food Service
  • Hospitality

We’re Faster to any size disaster™ providing 24/7 emergency service. Give us a call today to find out how we can help out your commercial facility! 

Technology Storm Prep

4/29/2022 (Permalink)

Technology can now be a vital tool in preparing for emergencies or disasters, as well as during or after to stay informed of the situation and to be in communication with others. From common technology you already use on a daily basis to taking a few extra steps to prepare, the following tips will help you be ready in the event of an emergency. 

There are many places to store important information securely online. Services like Google Drive or Dropbox offer free ways to store different types of files, like medical records and identification documents. 

Stay informed by following agencies such as FEMA, local news channels, and local government on Twitter and Facebook for the most up-to-date information in a disaster situation. You can also alert first responders if a rescue is needed. The American Red Cross offers Safe & Well check-in sites to list yourself as safe or find family and friends in situations where communication is difficult to establish. Facebook also has a feature called Safety Check that becomes activated after natural disasters or a crisis. You will receive a notification from Facebook directly if you're located in the affected area at that time. 

Make sure your contact information is updated in your phone and e-mail for communicating with family, friends, business contacts and others whom you may need to get in contact with before, during, or after a disaster. Keep a portable charger in your car and home in case of an emergency. You may need to recharge this form from time to time, but you can also buy solar-powered chargers as well. Put help in the palm of your hand by adding your local SERVPRO franchise to your personal and work phones. Your local franchise professionals are "Ready for whatever happens."