Is your Basement full of water
Leaving your basement wet can lead to way bigger problems.
SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin Counties is always ready to answer the call when you have water in your basement. Getting started as soon as possible can minimize secondary damage and save money. If the cause is known and repairs have been made we can start right away. We can begin by getting the remaining water out and drying the structure. At this time we would begin any demolition that needed to be done. All wet carpet pad would be removed along with any dry wall or paneling. Basically everything that was wet would be stripped down to the structure. When the tear out is complete we bring in large fans and dehumidifiers to dry it all up. It usually takes a minimum of three days for drying. Once it is dry repairs can start immediately.
Sump pump's fail if they are not properly maintained
You should always keep your sump pump and crock free of dirt and debris
If your home has a wet basement, you’re not alone. The American Society of Home Inspectors estimates that more than 60 percent of homes have issues with water in the basement.A sump pump can be an effective option for preventing water damage. Installed in a pit in the basement, these units sense when the water from rain or snow melt is rising in the pit and approaching the floor level. The incoming water is then pumped outside before it can damage the home or its furnishings.Sump pumps are relatively low-maintenance devices, but you can help keep your unit operational by inspecting it regularly. Steps in a regular maintenance program can include:
- Checking the discharge line to make sure it is not stopped up or frozen. If necessary, unclog the air vent hole in the line.
- Checking the inlet screen to ensure that it’s not clogged with residue and debris. Do this three or four times per year.
- Making sure the float component is unobstructed and can move smoothly.
- Scanning the pit and removing any visible debris, mud, or stones.
- Testing the pump by slowly pouring a bucket of water into the pit. The float should rise with the water level, triggering the unit to start pumping. If pumping doesn’t begin, check to see that the unit is plugged in. Your float switch or check valve might also be at fault.
- Going outside to see that water is discharging and flowing where it’s supposed to go – well away from your home.
Once a year, disconnect the pump from the power source and remove the unit. Flush it thoroughly with water to remove impurities and debris. While you have the pump out, also clean debris from the sump pit. Reinstall the pump and reconnect the power source. Test the unit by pouring a bucket of water into the pit and making sure the pump starts.If your unit has backup battery power, replace the battery every two to three years, or as directed by the manufacturer.Always refer to your pump’s instruction manual for specific information about maintenance and operation. More information about sump pumps is available from the Sump and Sewage Pump Manufacturers Association.
If your sump pump does fail Call (989)835-5015 and a crew from SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin counties will come out and dry your basement and any other areas that are wet.
Here are some flooding safety tips for you
Flooding in Midland county is very common. Here are some tips to help keep you safe.
- Do not attempt to cross flowing water which may be more than knee deep.
- During threatening weather listen to commercial radio or TV, or NOAA weather radio for swatch and warning bulletins.
- Never try to walk, swim,drive, or play in flood water. You may not be able to see how fast the water is moving, or see holes or submerged debris
- Beware of low spots such as underpasses, underground parking garages and basements as they can become death traps.
- Beware that flash flooding can occur. If there is any possibility of a flash flood, move immediately to higher ground. Do not wait for instructions to move.
- Beware of streams, drainage channels,canyons and other areas known to flood suddenly.
- Do not walk through moving water. Six inches of moving water can make you fall.
The Following are important points to remember when driving in flood conditions
- Do not drive into flooded areas. If floodwaters rise around your car, abandon the car and move to higher ground if you can do so safely. You and the vehicle can be quickly swept away.
- Do not drive around a barricade.
- Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars causing loss of control and possible stalling.
- A foot of water will float many vehicles.
- Two feet of water can carry away most vehicles including Sport utility vehicles (SUV's) and pickup trucks.
Remember nothing you own is worth your safety in an emergency situation. The best thing to do is get to higher ground until the water recedes and Call SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin counties to clean up the mess and dry out the structure.
There are many places Mold can appear in your Sanford home
Mold of any type should be handled by a professional
Here are some of the most common.
Unless a dishwasher stops working or needs replacing or servicing, most of us don’t think about it as a potential source for mold. There are two connections under each dishwasher that have the potential for mold and mildew to get started–the water supply and the discharge connection. The water supply needs to be lubricated with the right sealant and properly tightened periodically. The discharge connection involves a rubber hose and clamp, and installing the hose before the dishwasher is installed ensures it is done properly. Hoses wear out over time. If you’re buying an older house, it doesn’t hurt to check the dishwasher connections — especially if there’s an odd smell when you open the door.
Hot Water Heater
“Many states have laws regarding the installation of hot water heaters, and most of them involve overflow pans that are piped to drain outside the house. The pan must be tilted ¼ inch to ensure the water does drain. Newer heaters with quick connect connectors should be properly lubricated and tightened so the shut-off valve doesn’t leak,” Hoffman said.
Refrigerators often get moved, either for cleaning or other projects. This can weaken or break the water line connection to the ice maker, causing leaks behind the refrigerator.
“It seems like a simple job, so in the real world the plumbing contractor doesn’t install the water line, another contractor does,” Hoffman said. “The connection is a compression fitting and it must be installed properly to ensure there are no leaks.”
Washing Machine Connections
When installing a washing machine, always install a brand new washing machine hose, using the rubber washers the manufacturer recommends. Also, use Teflon tape and make sure to tighten the connection with vice grips so there are no drips or leaks. After all, it doesn’t take many drips to create an environment for mold.
Under every sink in your home is a “P-Trap,” almost always made of PVC pipe, which expands, and contracts. This process eventually loosens the connection and allows water to leak onto the base of the cabinet. If you look under sinks in every room you’ll easily spot the stains and discoloration commonly caused by leaking P-Traps. Use Teflon tape to seal every P-Trap and check them periodically, tightening them by hand to ensure their connections don’t loosen and leak. Over tightening PVC can cause it to crack, so be careful.
“I’m amazed at how many steps the DIY home improvement shows leave out when they explain about how to install a toilet,” Hoffman said. “The base of the toilet is where most mold grows. Toilets should be installed with a horned wax ring, and then the base of the toilet grouted in with tile grout,” he said. “The grout serves as a filler between the bowl and the floor to keep the bowl from rocking. Rocking bowls are the number one reason for the wax ring being compromised, which then allows mold to get a foothold.”
Shower doors should probably be installed by plumbing contractors, Hoffman said. “They know how to keep them from leaking.” Mold growing at the base of the tub may be from leaking or improperly installed shower doors. Shower doors need caulking on all three rails — the two side rails as well as the bottom rail.
A properly caulked tub isn’t just nicer looking. It keeps water and moisture from dripping down under the tub and causing mold issues. Slab floors can create more problems — especially if installed by a DIY’er. The hole(s) in concrete slabs under tubs should be filled with a liquid tar, or expandable foam insulation to ensure moisture does not wick up from the ground through the slab.
Exterior Hose Bib
If you have a home, you have an exterior hose bib — a place where the water connection sticks out from the house. If you’ve used a hose, you know a poor connection or missing rubber washer, or loose hose can result in water spraying the house. This uncontrolled spray allows water to enter the space between the sidings, or into the wall, leading to mold growth. Make sure all holes, gaps and areas around every outdoor water connection are properly caulked and sealed.
Outdoor Water Sprinklers
Siding is engineered to shed rain falling down, not sprinklers shooting water up. Make sure your sprinklers are well away from the house when turned on. If you have children or teens that are watering the yard or garden, make sure they know not to spray the house with the hose. If power washing your home, hire a professional, or take care that water is not forced up under the siding as you wash.
As a homeowner, if you take the appropriate precautions and are vigilant about upkeep, you should be able to avoid mold, or catch it at it’s outset. While mold can be a huge problem in homes, even causing health issues, it is easily preventable.
Any mold issues should be handled by trained professionals so if you suspect you have a problem call SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin counties. @(989)835-5015
If your Gladwin county Home has a wet basement call Immediately
An air mover are used to dry a basement in Sugar Springs
The restoration process begins when you call us. SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin Counties is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. Even a delay of a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.
We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
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Water damage can be chaotic and traumatic. When you call us, we understand you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin Counties has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.
What to Expect
When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.
Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:
- Your name and contact information
- Your insurance information (if applicable)
- The street address of the water-damaged home or business
- When did the flooding or water damage occur?
- What caused the water damage (if known)?
- Is there electricity available (on-site)?
Just because it feels dry does not mean it is.
This is on of the many tools we can use to tell how much moisture is in your wall.
Did you know, you cannot use your hands to adequately determine if something is dry because skin has a moisture content of 25 percent. Dry wood for example, has a moisture content of about 10 percent. If you feel wood that has moisture content of 20 percent, your skin tells your brain the wood is dry because it is drier than your skin. In actuality it is twice as wet as it should be. Just because it feels dry to you it might be saturated with water and not drying it properly could cause even more damage.
The Franchise Professionals here at SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin Counties are equipped withspecialized equipment to help ensure a structure and contents are quickly and thoroughly dried after water damage.
A puff-back can deposit soot all over you home.
Soot webs are usually left behind in a fire or puff-back
What is a puff back you ask? It is a misfiring in the furnace that, at its worst, can send soot throughout your home, covering drapes, bedding, furniture, cabinets, walls, and everything in between. It requires expensive cleaning and restoration in addition to repairs on your heating system. It is basically like having a small fire in your home.
So what should you do if this happens to you? First limit movement in the house to avoid spreading the soot. Then call SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin counties at (989)835-5015. We will come in and clean every square inch of your home using industry standard as our guideline. Depending on how bad the contamination is some areas may need to be repainted after the soot is removed.
Michigan weather is extreme but not as bad as other areas of the country
Michigan has many different types of weather
There are many varieties and names for storms. Luckily we do not experience all of these here in Michigan.
- Ice storm — Ice storms are one of the most dangerous forms of winter storms. When surface temperatures are below freezing, but a thick layer of above-freezing air remains aloft, rain can fall into the freezing layer and freeze upon impact into a glaze of ice. In general, 8 millimeters (0.31 in) of accumulation is all that is required, especially in combination with breezy conditions, to start downing power lines as well as tree limbs.Ice storms also make unheated road surfaces too slick to drive upon. Ice storms can vary in time range from hours to days and can cripple small towns and large urban centers alike.
- Blizzard — There are varying definitions for blizzards, both over time and by location. In general, a blizzard is accompanied by gale-force winds, heavy snow (accumulating at a rate of at least 5 centimeters (2 in) per hour), and very cold conditions (below approximately −10 degrees Celsius or 14 F). Lately, the temperature criterion has fallen out of the definition across the United States
- Snowstorm — A heavy fall of snow accumulating at a rate of more than 5 centimeters (2 in) per hour that lasts several hours. Snow storms, especially ones with a high liquid equivalent and breezy conditions, can down tree limbs, cut off power, and paralyze travel over a large region.
- Coastal Storm — large wind waves and/or storm surge that strike the coastal zone. Their impacts include coastal erosion and coastal flooding
- Ocean Storm — Storm conditions out at sea are defined as having sustained winds of 48 knots (55 mph or 90 km/h) or greater. Usually just referred to as a storm, these systems can sink vessels of all types and sizes.
- Firestorm — Firestorms are conflagrations which attain such intensity that they create and sustain their own wind systems. It is most commonly a natural phenomenon, created during some of the largest bushfires, forest fires, and wildfires. The Peshtigo Fire is one example of a firestorm. Firestorms can also be deliberate effects of targeted explosives such as occurred as a result of the aerial bombings of Dresden. Nuclear detonations generate firestorms if high winds are not present.
- Dust devil — a small, localized updraft of rising air.
- Wind storm— A storm marked by high wind with little or no precipitation. Windstorm damage often opens the door for massive amounts of water and debris to cause further damage to a structure. European windstorms and derechos are two type of windstorms. High wind is also the cause of sandstorms in dry climates.
- Squall — sudden onset of wind increase of at least 16 knots (30 km/h) or greater sustained for at least one minute.
- Gale — An extra-tropical storm with sustained winds between 34–48 knots (39–55 mph or 63–90 km/h).
- Thunderstorm — A thunderstorm is a type of storm that generates lightning and the attendant thunder. It is normally accompanied by heavy precipitation. Thunderstorms occur throughout the world, with the highest frequency in tropical rain forest regions where there are conditions of high humidity and temperature along with atmospheric instability. These storms occur when high levels of condensation form in a volume of unstable air that generates deep, rapid, upward motion in the atmosphere. The heat energy creates powerful rising air currents that swirl upwards to the tropopause. Cool descending air currents produce strong down droughts below the storm. After the storm has spent its energy, the rising currents die away and down droughts break up the cloud. Individual storm clouds can measure 2–10 km across.
- Tropical cyclone — A tropical cyclone is a storm system with a closed circulation around a center of low pressure, fueled by the heat released when moist air rises and condenses. The name underscores its origin in the tropics and their cyclonic nature. Tropical cyclones are distinguished from other cyclonic storms such as nor'easter s and polar lows by the heat mechanism that fuels them, which makes them "warm core" storm systems.
- Tropical cyclones form in the oceans if the conditions in the area are favorable, and depending on their strength and location, there are various terms by which they are called, such as tropical depression, tropical storm, hurricane and typhoon.
- Hailstorm — a type of storm that precipitates round chunks of ice. Hailstorms usually occur during regular thunder storms. While most of the hail that precipitates from the clouds is fairly small and virtually harmless, there are occasional occurrences of hail greater than 2 inches (5 cm) in diameter that can cause much damage and injuries.
- Tornado — A tornado is a violent, destructive wind storm occurring on land. Usually its appearance is that of a dark, funnel-shaped cloud. Often tornadoes are preceded by thunderstorms and a wall cloud. They are often called the most destructive of storms, and while they form all over the world, the interior of the United States is the most prone area, especially throughout Tornado Alley.
Proper planing could save your Business
If you are a business owner in the Midland or Gladwin county area SERVPRO has a great emergency plan for you. Getting prepared for what could happen has never been easier.
The Best Way to Reduce Business Interruption Following a Disaster is to Plan For it NOW.
As many as 50% of businesses may never recover following a disaster, according to the latest industry research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind.
By developing a SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.
Are You Ready?
Preparation is a key component for making it through any size disaster, whether it’s a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood. The best time for planning for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens. No one ever plans on a disaster, but you can plan for it. Now is the time to ask yourself, “Are you ready for whatever could happen?”
The SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile is a start up approach that provides the critical information needed to begin mitigation and recovery services. It is designed to serve as a quick reference of important building and contact information. By working with SERVPRO’s Emergency READY Profile, your business will receive the benefit of over 40 years of experience in reducing the impact of any natural or man-made disaster. SERVPRO® is a leader in water and fire damage response and can help you quickly get your property back in working order.
The SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile Advantage
- A no cost assessment of your facility. – This means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost.
- A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency. – It will only take a little time to complete and will not take you away from current projects. But it will save a lot of time if ever needed.
- A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster. – This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action.
- Establishes your local SERVPRO® Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider. – You have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader and close by.
- Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin. – This saves time so we can begin the work of mitigating the damage which can save you time and money.
- Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information. – Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are “Ready for whatever happens.”
Call Us Today To Get Started! (989)835-5015
State police encourage severe storm readiness this spring
This is a very familiar sight here in Midland. So advanced preparation can limit your damages
Michigan State Police is encouraging residents to be ready for severe weather, with a nod to last summer’s flooding as a big reason for preparation.
Gov. Rick Snyder has proclaimed April 8 to 14 as Severe Weather Awareness Week.
“Severe Weather Awareness Week is the time of year to learn what to do before, during and after severe weather occurs,” Capt. Chris A. Kelenske, deputy state director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and commander of the state police Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division, stated in a media release. “In Michigan, severe weather can include flooding, thunderstorms and tornadoes. By taking the initiative to learn about possible hazards and what to do until help arrives, you and your family will be better prepared when an emergency or disaster happens.”
Spring and summer frequently bring fast-changing weather conditions that increase the potential for severe weather. Steps to keep residents safe and minimize damage that can be taken before severe weather strikes include understanding severe weather warnings and terms, preparing an emergency supply kit, making an emergency plan and creating an emergency contact list.
Midland County was among those struck by flooding on June 23 after a series of thunderstorms poured torrential rains on the area.
All in all, the Tittabawassee River crested at 32.15 feet by 7:13 p.m. Saturday, June 24 — the second highest crest in history, according to National Weather Service records. It was surpassed only by the 33.89-foot crest during the flood of 1986.
The floodwaters left many residents across the city and county awestruck and recovering from damage including flooded homes, washed out roads and bridges, and destruction at landmarks like the Grace A. Dow Memorial Library. Bay, Gladwin and Isabella counties also suffered damage from the flooding.
The magnitude of the damage was severe enough to result in a federal disaster declaration and two disaster case managers were hired to work through the Great Lakes Bay Region Long Term Disaster Recovery Group in October to assist local residents dealing with long-term effects.