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Every person that comes into your business walks on the carpet

11/20/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Every person that comes into your business walks on the carpet Let our experienced technicians clean your carpets today.
Let our talented technicians take care of your dirty carpets.

Keeping your carpets clean will prolong it's life.  Business see a lot of foot traffic and with that comes dirt and debris. Here are a few things that can be done to help. 

  • Using mats on the outside of doors and rugs on the inside can help reduce what is tracked inside .
  • Keep sidewalks areas swept free of dirt, leaves and grass clippings.
  • Vacuum high traffic areas on a daily basis and all other areas as needed but at least every 2-3 days.
  •  Have a specific plan in place for spills or spots when they happen.
  • Have traffic areas professionally cleaned at least once a month and all other areas every 3 months.  

Doing these things will help you keep your carpets looking great, your business running smoothly and your clients or customers happy.

Call SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin counties today to set up an appointment (989)835-5015

Did You Know....

11/15/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Did You Know.... If you fail to plan you are planning to fail.

SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin counties offers a free service to its commercial customers.  It is called the Emergency Ready Profile or ERP for short.  

Are you “Ready for whatever happens?”

The ERP serves as a quick reference of important building information like water and gas shutoffs, electrical panels or other areas that would need to be accessed quickly in an emergency.  It also contains information on any important people to be notified in the event of a problem. 

Best of all we can give you a hard copy of the information and also the convenience of an app to be accessed from your smartphone or computer.  

It can be an ideal supplement to any well-designed emergency preparedness or existing contingency program.  Rather than simply reacting to disaster situations, most prefer proactive measures to establish a relationship with a restoration services company. 

Call us at (989) 835-5015 Today for a No Cost Assessment 
of Your Facility!

Helping you to be “Ready for whatever happens,” 

Bleach is not the answer when it comes to killing mold

11/13/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Bleach is not the answer when it comes to killing mold Mold left untreated can cause serious health risks.

So, you want to kill mold? Don’t use bleach!

Usually, when most homeowners notice mold, they get out the bottle of bleach thinking a few sprays will solve the problem.
It’s no wonder.
Some of the most popular blogs continue to perpetuate the myth that spraying bleach will take care of your mold problem.
Even information on The Center For Disease Control (CDC) website still suggests using bleach to kill mold.

The truth is, using chlorine bleach to kill mold is probably one of the worst things you can do.

As a matter of fact, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), stopped recommending the use of bleach for dealing with mold problems. And, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) updated their guide as well, removing the suggestion to use bleach to kill mold.

The problem is, it’s true that bleach can kill some mold in some places some of the time.  But, bleach only works to remove mold on hard, impermeable surfaces like bathtub and shower surrounds or tiles. However, on porous surfaces like drywall or hardwood floors, it won’t work to kill mold or keep it from coming back.

Why?

Because mold spreads its roots (called mycelia and hyphae) deep into porous surfaces.
Simply spraying a bleach solution on the surface won’t kill mold spores at their roots.

So, here are 9 Reasons Why you should NOT to Use Bleach to Kill Mold

  • 1. First, bleach encourages toxic mold growth on porous surfaces because it provides excess moisture.

    Bleach contains about 90% water. When you apply bleach to a surface, the chlorine quickly evaporates leaving behind a lot of water. Then, when the water soaks into porous surfaces like wood, it encourages mold growth. So, bleach can actually make your mold problem worse.

  • 2. Bleach only removes the color from mold.

    After you spray bleach, only the surface appears clean. But the problem is, the mold’s roots, or hyphae, continue to grow.

  • 3. The EPA and OSHA specifically advise against using bleach for mold remediation.

  • 4. Chlorine bleach is extremely harmful to surfaces.

    For example, when you use bleach is on wood, it starts to weaken it by breaking the fibers. When you spray bleach on metal, it starts to corrode it almost immediately. Thus, using bleach to kill mold creates problems with the structural integrity of a home.

  • 5. Bleach is extremely corrosive.

    When you spray bleach and it evaporates, it releases chlorine gas. It irritates and eventually causes damage to the skin, lungs, and eyes.

  • 6. The corrosive nature of bleach is even worse when it’s mixed.

    Bleach should never be mixed with acids, because it causes dangerous fumes.
    Remember: Mixing cleaning compounds containing ammonia with bleach and ammonia produces deadly gasses that can kill with just a few breaths.

  • 7. Bleach doesn’t work as a sanitizing agent when it’s mixed with organic material.

    To be a successful sanitizer, bleach has to be used on clean materials and surfaces. That’s why bleach products get used in the laundry after the wash cycle. Light and heat compromise the sanitizing properties of bleach. Despite the fact that the chlorine odor lingers for a while after you use it, bleach loses strength so quickly it doesn’t have a residual effect. That is, it doesn’t prevent future bacterial or fungal growth.

  • 8. Most bleach products are not registered with the EPA to be used as antimicrobial agents.

  • 9. And last, but not least, you don’t want to use bleach to kill mold because there are many antimicrobial alternatives readily available.

    These antimicrobial agents are registered with the EPA specifically for killing mold. Some are formulated to be friendly to the environment, your family and your pets. In addition, they are cost effective, easy to use, and, they have a true residual effect. That means they actually prevent bacteria and mold from regrowing.

Finding mold in your home or commercial property can be scary. Call SERVPRO of Midland /Gladwin Counties today to set up an inspection.

It's almost winter in the Great Lakes Bay Region

11/13/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage It's almost winter in the Great Lakes Bay Region Even when the snow flies we are here to help.
 

Before we know it our Great Lakes Bay Region will be blanketed with that white stuff.  Now we can't stop this from happening but SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin Counties would like to remind everyone of some of the dangers of snow.  

  • Accumulating snow can make driving motor vehicles very hazardous.
  • Visibility is reduced by falling snow and this is further exacerbated by strong winds creating whiteout conditions.
  • Heavy snowfall can immobilize a vehicle entirely, which may be deadly depending on how long it takes rescue crews to arrive. The clogging of a vehicle's tailpipe by snow may lead to carbon monoxide buildup inside the cabin
  • Snow buildup can weigh down a roof and cause trusses to cave in.
  • Snow piling up outside the house can block dryer vents or even some furnace exhaust vents causing dangerous fumes to enter your home.
  • Ice dams forming along the roof can create a backup of water to be forced up under your shingles.

So be safe out there this winter and if any of these thing happen to your home call us at (989)835-5015 and we will send a crew right over.

Fall weather can be wet and dangerous.

11/13/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Fall weather can be wet and dangerous. Only drive as fast as you feel comfortable with in bad weather.
Nearly half (47%) of all weather-related car accidents — more than 700,000 a year — are due to rain.


Here are 10 tips for driving in the rain:

Step 1. Exercise caution. Engine oil and grease build-up on roads and highways over time, and when combined with precipitation, you’ve got the equivalent of an automotive Slip ‘N Slide.

Step 2. Slow down. Wet pavement causes tires to lose traction and vehicles become more difficult to handle.

Step 3. Use headlights. Always use headlights in the rain – even if it’s just a sprinkle. Headlights help you see and be seen in wet weather.

Step 4. Keep your windshield wipers in tip-top shape. Summer can wreak havoc on your blades, so get them checked before fall’s showers arrive.

Step 5. Defog your windows. Precipitation can cause your windshield to quickly fog up, so use the front and rear defrosters to maximize visibility.

Step 6. Avoid pooling water. By splashing through puddles you can impair your vision and other drivers’. Additionally, standing water often shields potholes and debris from view and it can reduce the effectiveness of your vehicle’s brakes.

Step 7. If your car begins to hydroplane, do not brake or turn the wheel abruptly as this may cause your vehicle to go into a skid or spin. Take your foot off the gas and keep the wheel straight until your car reclaims traction.

Step 8. Increase your following distance. Slick roads, wet brakes and reduced visibility can lead to collisions. Give other vehicles plenty of room and brake early with reduced force.

Step 9. Don’t use cruise control. It can cause your car to accelerate when hydroplaning and reduces driver attentiveness.

Step 10. Drive in the tracks of the car in front of you. This allows the vehicle ahead to displace any standing water that’s on the road.

By employing these safe driving techniques you can keep yourself and your passengers safe during fall and winter drizzles and downpours. Rainy roads can be dangerous, but if we all slow down and use extra caution, rainy days might actually be a little brighter.

October 7 to October 13th is Fire prevention week

9/25/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage October 7 to October 13th is Fire prevention week We have certified cleaning technicians to handle your cleanup.

Did you know that if a fire starts in your home you may have as little as two minutes to escape? During a fire, early warning from a working smoke alarm plus a fire escape plan that has been practiced regularly can save lives. Learn what else to do to keep your loved ones safe!

Top Tips for Fire Safety

  1. Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.

  2. Test smoke alarms every month. If they’re not working, change the batteries.

  3. Talk with all family members about a fire escape plan and practice the plan twice a year.

  4. If a fire occurs in your home, GET OUT, STAY OUT and CALL FOR HELP. Never go back inside for anything or anyone.

It is also recommended to replace smoke alarms every five years.  Find more info here http://www.redcross.org/mo2g

Bathrooms should be maintained properly to avoid mold

9/25/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Bathrooms should be maintained properly to avoid mold A small leak left unattended can cause big mold problems

We go to several jobs a year that are caused by people not maintaining their shower enclosure.  By allowing the caulk to shrink and crack it allows water to penetrate into the drywall behind it. Usually its such a small amount at a time you don't even notice it but once this happens mold is not far behind.  The drywall wont dry up on its own and the moisture will wick throughout the whole wall creating a huge problem.  

Tile showers have the same problem be sure to have any missing tiles replaced and any cracked grout repaired.  

Leaking toilet or sink supply lines should be repaired immediately also.  A small drip can cause a large amount of damage.  

So if you think you have any of these issues call us @(989)835-5015 and we can send one of our experienced technicians over to take a look.

Does your Midland business have an emergency plan.

9/25/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Does your Midland business have an emergency plan. Having a plan in place could save your business.

It is estimated that up to 50% of businesses that close due to a disaster, such as fire and flood never reopen!  Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place.

Are you “Ready for whatever happens?”

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 to plan for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens.

The SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile serves as a quick reference of important building and contact information or can be an ideal supplement to any well-designed emergency preparedness or existing contingency program.  Rather than simply reacting to disaster situations, most prefer proactive measures to establish a relationship with a restoration services company. 

By working with SERVPRO® of Midland / Gladwin Counties to develop your personalized 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.

Call us at (989) 835-5015 Today for a No Cost Assessment 
of Your Facility!

Helping you to be “Ready for whatever happens,” 

Cleaning the carpets in your business is a necessary expense.

9/24/2018 (Permalink)

Keeping your carpets clean will prolong its life.  Business see a lot of foot traffic and with that comes dirt and debris. Here are a few things that can be done to help. 

  • Using mats on the outside of doors and rugs on the inside can help reduce what is tracked inside .
  • Keep sidewalks areas swept free of dirt, leaves and grass clippings.
  • Vacuum high traffic areas on a daily basis and all other areas as needed but at least every 2-3 days.
  •  Have a specific plan in place for spills or spots when they happen.
  • Have traffic areas professionally cleaned at least once a month and all other areas every 3 months.  

Doing these things will help you keep your carpets looking great, your business running smoothly and your clients or customers happy.

Call SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin counties today to set up an appointment (989)835-5015

We have certified fire cleaning technicians.

9/24/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage We have certified fire cleaning technicians. Smoke and soot can damage items beyond repair.

If you have a fire SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin Counties is up to the task. Making your home livable again is a big job even after the smallest fire. Every single thing in the house has to be inspected before it should be used.

Clothing and linen items should be professionally laundered to remove the soot or as one of our customers referred to it "that camp fire smell"

Soot can damage circuit boards so any electronics should be sent out and cleaned.

Any food items that are in a house fire should not be eaten.

All carpet and upholstery should be cleaned if possible. Sometimes the damage is beyond cleaning and needs to be replaced.

Our highly trained technicians could make that assessment during the initial walk through.