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Sick Building Syndrome

6/16/2021 (Permalink)

Woman holding her hands to her temples. Good judgment and immediate attention can correct the situation and save you money in the event of litigation.

In the 1970s, sick building syndrome became apparent as people displayed similar symptoms after having spent extended periods of time in buildings with poor air quality. Good judgment and immediate attention can correct the situation and save you money in the event of litigation. 

People most at risk include: 

  • Infants and children 
  • Pregnant women 
  • Elderly 
  • People with compromised respiratory systems or asthma/allergies 
  • People with weakened immune systems 

While molds are found naturally in the environment, an overabundance inside buildings is undesirable; some people can experience health effects. Experts disagree about the more controversial details of mold, but they all agree that if you have excessive mold, it needs to be removed. 

Control Moisture and Reduce Mold: 

Act Within the First 24 to 48 Hours 

  • Correct any water leaks or standing water. 
  • Remove standing water under cooling coils or air handling units. 
  • Properly maintain humidifiers, if used. 
  • Replace wet or visibly moldy insulation materials. 

Estimates made by the World Health Organization say that poor indoor air quality costs $60 billion in employee sick leave and loss of production. 

Part of your responsibility to the tenants, workers and students who may work and play in your buildings includes proper maintenance and prompt response to any situation that could cause health effects. 

SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin Counties is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year. To learn more about Indoor Air Quality, call us at 989-835-5015. 

Water Damage to Hardwood Floors? We Can Help!

6/16/2021 (Permalink)

Wood floor. In some cases, we can save your hardwood floors.

How Water Warps Hardwood Flooring 

When water floods areas with hardwood floors, the material tries to absorb the water. Excessive moisture forces the wood to expand, which can cause warping or cupping. Here at SERVPRO, we always encourage water damage victims to extract as much water as possible while they wait for help to arrive. 

Saving Water Wet Hardwood Floors 

In some cases, we can save your hardwood floors. If the water is quickly extracted and there is not significant warping, then we can use a drying process specifically designed for hardwood floors. But if the flooring was exposed to moisture for a significant period of time and shows major signs of warping, then your hardwoods will need to be removed and replaced. 

Call Professionals Before It is Too Late 

While it is possible to save your water-damaged hardwood flooring, time is a critical factor. If you notice water damage in your home, call a professional cleanup and restoration company like our team here at SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin Counties. We offer 24/7 emergency restoration services. Call us today at 989-835-5015. 

Smell Natural Gas?

6/16/2021 (Permalink)

Stove burner with blue flame. If any of your appliances run on gas, invest in gas detectors, and remain vigilant for signs of a gas leak.

Many people assume that natural gas explosions are a thing of the past, back when regulations were not as strict as they are today. However, the truth is that gas fires continue to occur at an alarming rate and, sadly, they often result in much more dire consequences than fire damage. You can prevent a gas fire by recognizing the signs of a gas leak. 

Determine if Your Home Utilizes Natural Gas 

Before you learn the signs of a gas leak, you should determine which aspects of your home use natural gasses. You may be at risk for a gas leak if any of the following appliances use the natural commodity: 

  • Oven 
  • Hot water heater 
  • AC unit 
  • Fireplace 
  • Dryer 
  • Heating system 

If any of your appliances run on gas, invest in gas detectors, and remain vigilant for signs of a gas leak. 

What to Do If You Suspect a Gas Leak 

A gas leak can quickly lead to a gas fire which can quickly lead to a gas explosion. For this reason, it is imperative that you recognize the signs of a leak and take proper measures to prevent disaster: 

  • Check the stove: If it is safe to do so, walk over to your stove to make sure all the burners are off. 
  • Open the doors and windows: If you cannot find the source of the leak, open all the doors and windows to help the gasses escape. 
  • Do not flip any switches: A light switch can cause a spark, which can cause an explosion. Keep all the lights off if you suspect a gas leak. 
  • Shut off your gas meter: If you do not know where your gas meter is located, now's the time to find it. If you smell gasses, locate the meter, and turn it off. 

A gas fire can be extremely dangerous. For this reason, the best thing you can do if you suspect a gas leak is to leave your home ASAP and call 911. If a fire does occur, the SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin Counties fire damage cleanup crew can help with the restoration process. Call us today at 989-835-5015. 

24/7 Emergency Water Damage Service

5/30/2021 (Permalink)

Water is pumped out and into SERVPRO water tank. There is never a convenient time for flooding or water damage to strike your business.

SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin Counties can respond immediately to your commercial water damage emergency regardless of the size or scope of the damage. 

There is never a convenient time for flooding or water damage to strike your business. 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 will be there fast with the help you need. 

  • 24 Hour Emergency Service 
  • Faster to Any Size Disaster 
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry with over 1,700 Franchises 
  • Highly Trained Water Damage Restoration Specialists 

We Answer the Phone Ready to help. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

Call Today 989-835-5015. We understand that when you call us, 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 is 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 business 
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur? 
  • What caused the water damage (if known)? 
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)? 

About SERVPRO 

SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin Counties specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke, or water 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. 

We live and work in this community too. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin Counties is close by and ready to respond to your flood or water damage emergency. 

After Flood Safety Tips

5/30/2021 (Permalink)

Still water with the SERVPRO orange house logo. We want to remind you that floods happen unexpectedly and can cause severe damage for your home or business.

We want to remind you that floods happen unexpectedly and can cause severe damage for your home or business. Storm damage through flooding can lead to property damage and ongoing mold problems, but the team at SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin Counties has some tips to help: 

Safety first. If you have standing water where electricity may be present, make sure that ALL electricity is turned off to the area to prevent electrocution. When in doubt, contact a professional to help disconnect power. 

Do not wait. When you are dealing with water damage, it is important that you take immediate action so that you can rescue as much as you can. Water is particularly invasive, quickly spreading throughout your property and being absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, etc. SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin Counties arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. 

The experts at SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin Counties offer 24-hour emergency water damage service. Call 989-835-5015 to get connected with our team. 

Fight mold. Getting your space dried out as quickly as possible is crucial to avoiding dangerous mold setting in. While things can dry out naturally, this is not guaranteed, and it may not be fast enough to prevent mold. Mold spreads quickly, so a minor mold infestation can quickly escalate into a major problem. We are dedicated to responding immediately when you contact us. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces cost. SERVPRO has a scientific approach to drying that can help speed up the process and keep mold at bay. 

Give your valuables some love. While not everything can be saved after a flood, you may be surprised at what can be salvaged. Let SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin Counties remove your wet items from the flooded area and take them to our facility for restoration. SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin Counties specializes in restoring contents damaged by fire, water, or mold. Our expertise and “restore” versus “replace” mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that cannot be replaced. We pretest your contents to determine what items can be restored back to their condition before the water damage. 

Check for structural integrity. Sometimes a flood can compromise a building’s foundation. This can lead to bigger problems down the road if not addressed immediately. Contact a trusted contractor to assess your facility’s foundation after a flood to make sure it is in good condition and make the recommended improvements if necessary. 

Flood damage after a storm can be devastating and stressful, but with help from the pros at SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin Counties, you will soon have your life back “Like it never even happened.” 

Flood Zones and Your Home

5/30/2021 (Permalink)

Flood sign placed in front of water. If your home does experience flooding, we are here to help!

Is your home a high flood risk? One way to know this is to determine if your home is located in a flood zone. Here are a few things you may wish to know about these zones and how they affect your home. 

What Are Flood Zones 

Flood zones are areas that exhibit geographic qualities that make them more prone to flooding. This may include being at the bottom of a watershed, coastal areas, areas near rivers, and areas that experience frequent storms. FEMA sets these risk levels, and they should be marked on your local communities Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM), which you can look at by going to your local zoning office. 

Is Flood Insurance Necessary 

In the event your home is determined to be at risk by its position in a flood zone, you may be wondering what, if any, addition insurance will be required. The best way to determine this is to talk to your insurance agent about what is included in your existing plan, and if any supplemental plans are available for additional coverage. It is important to note than in many cases flood insurance is considered a separate policy. 

How to Deal with a Flood in the Home 

If a storm does cause flooding in your home, then it is best to contact a flood damage restoration service as quickly as possible. These professionals have the tools necessary to move large quantities of water and can also make any repairs your home may need. The restoration team can also check for any additional problems flood water may cause, such as potential mold growth. 

As explained earlier flood zones are areas that exhibit geographic qualities that make them more prone to a flood. It is important to note that in some cases having a home inside a flood zone can affect your flood insurance coverage. 

If your home does experience flooding, we are here to help! Our team has experience with flood damage, and we will work hard to make it “Like it never even happened.” 

Grease Fires

5/30/2021 (Permalink)

Man takes burning pan and places it into a kitchen sink. Grease fires are the most dangerous when it comes to cooking fires.

Grease fires are the most dangerous when it comes to cooking fires and are responsible for 1 in every 5 home fire deaths. Below are some tips on how to prevent and put out grease fires. These tips could help save your or a loved one's life. 

Prevention 

  • Before you start cooking make sure burner is cool and wipe up any spills. 
  • Pay attention to heat ratings for cooking oil. Some oils can be heated more than others before catching fire so if you are cooking and notice the oil start to smoke that means it is close to catching fire. 
  • As soon as you start to see it smoke carefully remove the pan from the heat source. 
  • Avoid heating grease before putting food into it because when you drop food in it can make the grease splash out which in turn can cause grease burns or it can also hit the heat source and catch fire. 
  • Carefully clean spills as soon as they happen by first removing food from heat source, turning off heat source, and waiting for burner to cool. 
  • When deep frying make sure you use a pan or cooking container big enough. 
  • Use a utensil that will allow you to put the food into the grease without dropping and without your hands coming close to the hot grease. 
  • Use a screen that covers the pan to reduce the chance of splatters outside the pan. 
  • If you are a new or inexperienced cook do not attempt to deep fry for the first time unless you have an experienced cook with you. 
  • NEVER add water to grease. 

Putting out a grease fire 

  • Turn off source of heat 
  • Do NOT pour water on it. Water and oil do not mix and when you add water it will sink right to the bottom and evaporate instantly, spreading flaming oil everywhere. 
  • Attempt to remove all oxygen from the flame. Cover with another pot or baking pan. 
  • If you cannot cover it, dump lots of baking soda on it. 

If you have a grease fire, we are here to help! SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin Counties specializes in fire and water damage restoration. We have the specific damage restoration training, personnel and equipment to restore your home quickly to pre-fire conditions. 

Roof Leak Prevention

5/29/2021 (Permalink)

A roof with a SERVPRO logo in the upper left corner. Roof leaks happen, it is just what comes with being a homeowner.

We have all been told from time to time to “Be thankful you have a roof over your head.” When you become a homeowner, you realize how the roof plays a vital role in safeguarding your home from rain, wind, storms and extreme temperatures. Because of this, you should be paying close attention to your roof and making sure it is in great shape.   

Roof leaks happen, it is just what comes with being a homeowner. They are frustrating because of the damage it can cause to your home. It is also very common for roof leaks to do unnoticed for quite some time. Unfortunately, they are noticed when there is already a significant amount of damage done to your home. 

As a homeowner, you need to be alerted to avoid these situations. Follow these tips for prevention measures: 

  • Have regular roof inspections – Have a trained professional inspect your roof. This is essential in spotting early signs of roof damage. 
  • Pay attention to roof flashings – Without good, secure flashings around chimneys, vents, wall/roof junctions, skylights, water can enter a home and cause damage to your walls, ceilings, insultation and even electrical systems. 
  • Maintain gutters and downspouts – Gutters and downspouts that are full of leaves and debris will cause water to back up under your roof shingles causing potential leaks and water damage. 
  • Do not block ventilation – Proper attic ventilation will help prevent structural damage caused by moisture and increase roofing material life. 
  • Keep trees and bushes away – Leaves and falling limbs can cause moisture problems from algae and rot, damage to roof tiles and clogged gutters. 

If your roof does happen to have leak and caused water damage to your home, do not hesitate to call us. We are water damage restoration specialists and are ready to restore your home back to pre-water damage condition. We are available 24/7 so that when a disaster strikes, we have your back. 

Bonfire Safety

5/29/2021 (Permalink)

Burning logs. Any open flame is a potential risk for a disaster.

Spring bonfires have been very popular since we are all at home. Cozy, cool nights spent by the fire with friends and family while roasting marshmallows and enjoying each other’s presence is a recipe for a good night. All while maintaining 6 ft a part of course! 

Surrounding a campfire with loved ones creates special memories that you can cherish forever. Let us continue to create these memories by practicing bonfire safety! 

Starting the Fire: 

  • Make sure your fire pit is enclosed and there is enough room for a seating area 
  • Make sure that your bonfire is 10 ft away from your home or any structures 
  • Do not use gasoline or lighter fluid to start or relight the bonfire 

Bonfire Safety: 

  • Keep a bucket of water or hose handy in case of emergencies 
  • Do not leave bonfire unattended 
  • Keep children and pets away from the bonfire 
  • Do not throw fireworks into the bonfire 
  • Do not burn aerosols or anything that may produce toxic fumes or explode 

Putting Out the Fire: 

  • Use a shovel to spread out the ashes to let them cool down. Slowly pour water over the ashes and check to be sure that the fire is completely out 

Any open flame is a potential risk for a disaster. So next time you are planning a bonfire, use these tips to ensure everyone’s safety. As always, we are ready for whatever happens. If your bonfire gets out of hand and causes fire damage, you know we will be there to help! 

Prepare for Tornadoes

5/29/2021 (Permalink)

A tornado touches down behind a thick tree line. Tornadoes can quickly rip through communities destroying buildings, homes and can produce deadly flying debris.

Tornadoes can quickly rip through communities destroying buildings, homes and can produce deadly flying debris. Tornadoes are nothing to mess with and it is crucial to act quickly if one comes through the area. Here are some tips to prepare for tornadoes in 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. By living in the Midwest, we have a larger risk of tornadoes. 
  • 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 
  • 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.