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What SERVPRO of Midland/Gladwin Counties Can Do for your Business

11/20/2019 (Permalink)

As a business owner, you have invested a lot of time, energy and resources to maintain, protect and increase the value of your business. Your facility is a central component in achieving success.

When you experience a fire, water or mold damage in your facility, you need a fast response and the expertise to handle the situation and to get back into operation as quickly as possible.

SERVPRO of Midland/Gladwin Counties is committed to providing expert fire and water cleanup and restoration services to reduce business interruptions and recovery costs. Our team can also provide specialized commercial cleaning services to maintain the best appearance of your facility.

What we can do for you:

  • Fire, Smoke and Soot Cleanup and Restoration: Pretesting helps us determine what type of fire has taken place. Knowing the types of smoke and their behavior patterns are vital to proper restoration.
  • Water Removal and Dehumidification: Our professionals identify the source and type of water, which determines the proper course of action. Drying equipment controls temperature and humidity, minimizing secondary damage.
  • Crime scene, Biohazard and Vandalism Cleanup: Franchise Technicians are trained to safely and effectively clean biohazardous substances and prepare waste for proper disposal according to OSHA, EPA and state and local health regulations.
  • Mold Mitigation and Remediation: Our professionals work to control and remediate mold contaminants while protecting your health and safety.
  • Contents Claim Inventory: Accurate inventory helps keep cost low and reduces job completion time. Our professionals can provide an itemized, area-by-area loss inventory.
  • Air Duct and HVAC Cleaning: Our Franchise Professionals can inspect your HVAC system and ductwork. Cleaning services can be provided to help restore peak energy efficiently, eliminate offensive odors and improve indoor air quality.
  • Carpet and Hard Floor Cleaning and Care: We use the latest IICRC training as well as state-of-the-art equipment to remove entrapped soils from deep within your carpet’s pile and backings.
  • Stain Removal, Stain Resistance Applications: Using IICRC standards for carpet as a guide, our team will show you what your cleaning option would be best for your carpet’s level of soiling and explain the benefits of soil protection.
  • Odor Identification and Deodorization: Our Franchise Professionals will find the source of the odor and determine the best methods to neutralize and eliminate it.
  • Upholstery and Drapes: Wet or Dry-Cleaning Methods: Fabrics are inspected and tested to determine the safest and most effective cleaning method.

When you need it done right and done fast, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Midland/Gladwin Counties. Call Today (989) 835-5015!

It’s Time to Winterize Your Summer Home

11/20/2019 (Permalink)

Unfortunately, it will be awhile until we see summer again. Winter has taken over Michigan and it is going to be a long season. Now is the time to start winterizing your summer home if you haven’t done so already!

Winter storms can be damaging to all homes, especially those that are vacant during the winter months. Proper care and frequent check ins can help prevent your summer home from a disaster. Follow these steps to winterize your summer home:

  • To avoid facing any last-minute obstacles, evaluate the condition of the property. Be sure to examine the exterior closely by checking the foundation and checking siding and trim for cracks and crevices. If you notice that repairs need to be made, get it done before as soon as possible.
  • Clean the gutters. Clean the gutters to make sure that rain and snowmelt can run away from the base of your house.
  • Inspect the roof. Check your roof for any raised shingles. If there are signs of damage, make the needed repairs. Be sure to inspect the eaves, where the roof ledge meets the house.
  • Shut off power and gas. Electricity should be shut off at the main, leaving only circuits that control necessities like an alarm system. Shut off all appliances to prevent possible damage cause by lightning. Gas should be turned off at the main as well. To play it safe, have the service temporarily suspended for the winter months.
  • Shut off water supply. All the water pipes in your home should be drained. After turning off your water supply, drain your pipes of all water by opening faucets and flushing toilets to clear the water from the tank and bowl.
  • Make your summer home unattractive to pests. Clean your summer home thoroughly to help discourage new “residents” from moving right in. Clean, defrost and unplug refrigerators and freezers. Also, be sure to wipe them dry and leaving doors open to prevent mildew. Inspect your home for openings that animals could enter.
  • Be ready for emergencies.
    • Install smoke detectors on every floor of your summer home.
    • Ask a trusted friend or neighbor to keep an eye out for emergency situations
    • Be aware of roof dams.

The last thing you want is to walk into your vacation home after a long winter just to find a disaster has hit. Be aware of the potential hazards that could affect your home during the winter.

For more information on winterizing your summer home, contact SERVPRO of Midland/Gladwin Counties.

Signs of Winter Storm Damage

11/15/2019 (Permalink)

Winter is here whether we like it or not! Michigan winters are more than just shoveling snow. With Michigan winters come frigid temperatures, excessive ice and snowstorms. You never know what a winter in the mitten state will bring you.

These storms and temperatures can cause extensive damage to your home. But, SERVPRO of Midland/Gladwin Counties is ready to help you if you experience a Michigan winter disaster from common issues including the following:

Frozen Pipes:

Frigid temperatures can cause pipes to freeze and break, which can lead to flooding in your home.

Ice Dams:

When snow melts unevenly and freezes at the edge of your roof, an ice dam is created which prevents melted snow from draining off the roof. The water can leak under the shingle and into your home, causing significant water damage.

Roof Damage:

Both snow and ice can damage your roof and could potentially cause the roof to collapse. Water can also get into cracks and expand when it freezes, causing larger cracks on your roof.

Michigan is no stranger when it comes to bitter winters. This weather can be extremely dangerous for your home if proper precautions are not made. Be sure to check your pipes and roof for sign of potential water damage. If you experience a winter storm disaster, SERVPRO of Midland/Gladwin Counties can restore your home “Like it never even happened.” Call us at 989-835-5015.  

How to Make a Fire Safety Escape Plan for Your Family

11/13/2019 (Permalink)

In 2018, 363,000 fires occurred in homes, including one- and two-family homes, manufactured homes and apartments. 74% of all fire deaths in 2018 occurred in the home, an increase of 3% compared to 2017. When it comes to house fires, time is your biggest enemy and it is important to act fast! A small flame can turn into a major fire with a matter of seconds. To keep you and your family safe, it is important to have a Safety Escape Plan in case of a fire.

At Home Fire Safety Plan Tips:

  • First, make sure you have at least one working smoke alarm on every level of your home, including inside and outside each bedroom.
  • Be sure to have two ways out of each room, and the proper equipment to get to get out any upper story windows. Walk through every room in your home with your family to point out possible exits. Also, provide alternative exits for anyone with a disability.
  • Once you have established escape exits, take time to practice and show your family how to get out of the house in case of a fire. Also, be sure to show them how to check for heat before opening a door.
  • Know how to crawl low to the floor when escaping to avoid smoke. With your family, practice how to drop to your stomach and squirm out under the smoke.
  • Make a plan to help pets safely evacuate your home.
  • Once you are out of the house, DO NOT go back in. Call 911 immediately.
  • Set a meeting place after you escape. Your meeting place should be close to the front of your home, so firefighters know you are out.
  • Practice makes perfect! Practice you escape plan a 2-3 times a year. If you have young children, you may have to practice more.

For more information on Fire Safety Escape Plans, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Midland/Gladwin Counties at 989-835-5015.

Protect Your Midland Home from Plumbing Issues During the Holidays

11/5/2019 (Permalink)

The holidays are upon us, the most wonderful time of the year. You’ve been planning on traveling to see friends or family, so why end the holidays by returning home to water damage? While you are enjoying the holidays, a leak can turn into a disaster.

Be sure to protect your Midland home against plumping disasters by reading the following tips:

  1. Check the Flapper Valve: This is an instrument in your toilet tank that allows it to refill with water after every flush. Sometimes, the flapper valves will get caught, causing them to not to form the appropriate seal. When this happens, you can hear the water running to try to fill up the tank. If you were home, you would hear this and be able to fix the problem. But, if you are not home, the water will continue to run, increasing your water bill.
  2. Shut off the Main Water Supply: If you are traveling for a long period of time, it may be in your best interest to shut off the main water supply. This will ensure that no leaks will happen, and you will return home without water damage.
  3. Shut off Hot Water Heater: If you shut off the main water supply, be sure to shut off the hot water heater as well. If you leave your hot water heater on without the main water supply, it will continue to heat, potentially causing damage.
  4. Have Someone Check In: To give you peace of mind while you are traveling, have a neighbor or friend check your house for plumbing issues. A quick check in could possibly catch leaking pipes before they escalate into a larger problem.

For more information, call SERVPRO of Midland/Gladwin Counties at 989-835-5015

Pets during a house fire?

10/28/2019 (Permalink)

New Data Says Pets Start Nearly 1,000 Fires Each Year -

 SERVPRO Of Midland / Gladwin Counties wants all of you pet owners to know these important facts.  An estimated 500,000 pets are affected annually by home fires, however, nearly 1,000 house fires each year are accidentally started by the homeowners’ pets, according to a new data analysis by the National Fire Protection Association.

The American Kennel Club® (AKC®) and ADT Security Services have joined forces once again for the third annual National Pet Fire Safety Day (July 15) to spread awareness about how pets can start home fires but more importantly how to prevent them.

"Not many pet owners realize that their pet can actually be the cause of a devastating fire," said AKC spokesperson Lisa Peterson.  "Simple preventative measures, such as flameless candles and stove knob covers, can mean the difference between life and death for your four-legged friends."

Chris and Kay Wardlow of Oklahoma know that all too well.  Their curious dog Lucy was home alone and spied a cake on the stove top. As Lucy tried to get a taste, her paw accidentally hit the stove knob and turned on the gas burner that was under the cake pan. Within minutes, the house was filled with smoke, triggering the Wardlow’s ADT monitored smoke detector. Firefighters were called to the scene, the house was saved and Lucy was rescued.

"Planning for unexpected emergencies like home fires and taking these precautions are an integral part of responsible pet ownership," Peterson said.


AKC® and ADT offer the following tips to educate pet owners on how to prevent your beloved pet from starting a fire, as well as how to keep your pets safe.

PREVENT YOUR PET FROM STARTING FIRES

  • Extinguish open flames - Pets are generally curious and will investigate cooking appliances, candles, or even a fire in your fireplace. Ensure your pet is not left unattended around an open flame and make sure to thoroughly extinguish any open flame before leaving your home.
  • Remove stove knobs - Be sure to remove stove knobs or protect them with covers before leaving the house. According to the National Fire Protection Association, a stove or cook top is the number one piece of equipment involved in your pet starting a fire.
  • Invest in flameless candles – These candles contain a light bulb rather than an open flame, and take the danger out of your pet knocking over a candle. Cats are notorious for starting fires when their tails turn over lit candles.
  • Beware of water bowls on wooden decks – Do not leave a glass water bowl for your pet outside on a wooden deck.  The sun’s rays when filtered through the glass and water can actually heat up and ignite the wooden deck beneath it. Choose stainless steel or ceramic bowls instead.     

Keep your pets safe

  • Keep Pets Near Entrances When Away From Home – Keep collars on pets and leashes at the ready in case firefighters need to rescue your pet.  When leaving pets home alone, keep them in areas or rooms near entrances where firefighters can easily find them. 
  • Secure Young Pets - Especially with young puppies, keep them confined away from potential fire-starting hazards when you are away from home such as in crates or behind baby gates in secure areas.
  • Since Pets Left Alone Can’t Escape a Burning Home – Consider using monitored smoke detectors which are connected to a monitoring center so emergency responders can be contacted when you’re not home. These systems provide an added layer of protection beyond battery-operated smoke alarms.
  • Affix a Pet Alert Window Cling – Write down the number of pets inside your house and attach the static cling to a front window. Thiscritical information saves rescuers time when locating your pets.  Make sure to update the number of pets listed.

 Below are some resources to help you keep your pets safe.  Also know that in the event of a disaster SERVPRO is here to help.

In partnership with the National Volunteer Fire Council, pet owners can obtain a free Pet Fire Safety Window Cling on National Pet Fire Safety Day, July 15th at local volunteer firehouses nationwide. For a list of locations, visit www.nvfc.org/windowclings.  The clings are also free online at www.adt.com/pets and will be available this September at your local AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day.  This year’s flagship event will be held in Raleigh on September 25th.  Visithttp://www.akc.org/clubs/rdod/ for more information on an event near you.  Additionally the clings will be available at Meet the BreedsTM, October 16th and 17th at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City. For more information, visit www.meetthebreeds.com.

Keep up with your business carpet cleaning

10/10/2019 (Permalink)

Being a local independently owned franchise we understand the challenges of owning a small business.  Keeping a commercial space clean can be a big challenge but it needs to be done.  First impressions are very important and you don't want to turn customers off because your store has filthy carpets.  Nobody wants to eat in a restaurant that has dirty carpets or upholstery   We can take care of those things for you.  Cleaning your carpets at least twice a year can help preserve the life of your carpets and keep your building looking clean and smelling fresh.  We clean several businesses through-out the Midland and Gladwin county areas already.  Churches, nursing homes, senior living community's and apartment complexes use us regularly to keep the carpets in their property looking nice, you should too!  Call Today (989)835-5015

AFTER a fire

10/10/2019 (Permalink)

Once the fire is out and the fire department has determined it is safe for you to reenter there are a few things you should do.  Following these tips can help you get through the process of getting your home repaired and contents cleaned.

  • Contact your insurance agent and get a claim started immediately.  Even the smallest fire can cause smoke and soot damage to an entire house
  • Limit movement in the house until the damage can be surveyed by a professional.  sitting on furniture or walking on carpet with soot on it can cause repairable damage.
  • Do not eat or drink anything from the house.  Even if items may have been in an area away from the fire they may have contamination on them or in them and it is not worth getting sick.  
  • Do not remove items from the house.  Even if it appears to be clean it is best to have a professional inspect it.

If you do have a fire of any kind SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin Counties is here to help. We can come out and inspect the damages and make it "Like it never even happened." Call us today @ (989)835-5015.

Messy shower?

9/30/2019 (Permalink)

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.

Why you should invest in carpet cleaning

9/30/2019 (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